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Lakai is a Torrance, California based footwear manufacturer that creates shoes designed specifically for skateboarding. Professional skateboarders (and Girl Skateboards co-founders) Mike Carroll and Rick Howard founded Lakai in 1999, adopting the name from a shortened version of a nickname Mike Carroll was partial to at the time (it’s a long, tricky story, so we’ll spare you the details).
Lakai’s first video, Beware of the Flare, was released in June 2002. Their follow up, the highly anticipated Fully Flared, was released to critical acclaim on November 16, 2007.
The Lakai skate team is: Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Brandon Biebel, Marc Johnson, Guy Mariano, Cairo Foster, Jeff Lenoce, Rob Welsh, Mike Mo Capaldi, Vincent Alvarez, Daniel Espinoza Jesus Fernandez, Lucas Puig, JB Gillet, Nick Jensen and Danny Brady.
Lakai is also part of the Crailtap family, which includes Girl Skateboards, Chocolate Skateboards, Royal Trucks and Fourstar Clothing.
Simply stated, Lakai Limited Footwear are “The Shoes We Skate”.