Lakai MJ Oiled Mahogony skate shoe

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If you visit us regularly you will remember that last year when the canvas version of these Lakai MJ’s hit our feet there were some serious high fives going down. Not only has this simple, slim, comfy design moved forward, it’s become a skater’s shoe of choice worldwide.

This month Lakai have released an ‘all weather’ range for the winter months ahead and thankfully these arrived freshly boxed the day before a trip to Portugal’s stormy beaches. The good news is that they came back looking like they did when we left with them on, despite walking around on wet sand whilst we took photos of really bad surfing on 3 foot waves and avoiding puddles all over Lisbon trying to find skate spots. It tanked it down.

The oiled mahogany thing aside though, Lakai have produced a classic, timeless skate shoe that is not pretending to be some lame sports shoe copy, they’ve kept their class and delivered what we need; the shoes we skate.

Ask for them in your local skate shop, the one that really knows their shit – you’ll probably find Lakai’s full all weather range there that should assist you through the coming winter months.

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Riley Hawk Lakai pro shoe

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Lakai have issued Riley Hawk‘s pro shoe this week and it’s looking solidly in line with their quality collection this season. Influenced by parts of the MJ shoe, the Camby and the Owen, Riley’s signature design comes in walnut seude, gargoyle coated canvas, black seude and navy seude. Pick a winner from your local skate shop this month.

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Camp Whatevs: A trip to Yosemite Park with Crailtap

After hearing so much about the annual jaunts to LA that the Crailtap crew attend from UK distributor Matt Anderson, we decided to cover their latest get together and bring you some of the goodness from behind the scenes.

Twice a year, everyone involved in the brands around the world meet together in one place, but being skater run it’s not your usual 9-5 power point presentations. Matt flew into LA to hook up with the team riders and hear plans for the much anticipated Girl/Chocolate video ‘Pretty Sweet’ that will be released in November.

Following sessions at Venice Beach and the Girl warehouse, a journey to Yosemite National Park followed for some hang time and to check out the upcoming products from Lakai, Girl, Chocolate, Royal and Fourstar. Follow the photos from their latest mission to Camp Whatevs.

You can't go to LA and not visit Venice Beach. Matt Anderson takes it frontside.
The Lakai Boardroom.

This is what goes down in here:

Swanski Art in the Girl Park
Royal Trucks work bench display.
Mike Carroll was repping a Prime Plymouth tee.
Green screen set up's from Yeah Right and first Girl OG Series.
This is the Girl warehouse packing area under the giant OG Chocolate banner.
Girl boards ready to ship to a shop near you.
11am meet at Girl HQ for a 5 hour bus ride to Yosemite National Park for the Camp Whatevs Sales Meeting.
Biebel and Howard made sure we had enough beers for the journey.
Tough meeting schedule.
The first day of the sales meeting was tough. We were split into groups and all set Geocaching Challenges.
Geocaching Challenge. Not sure what it's called but Matt sucked at it!
More Geocaching Challenges. This time, rockclimbing with Mr Beibel!
The first night is always Poker night.
Rick thought he would clear up at our table....maybe next time Rick!
Rick had his bb gun with him though. Biebel was hyped!
This is the Lakai Archery area!
Carroll even has style with a bow!
Coffee break with Pretty Sweet cookies!
Who were the only skate team that had Hillbillies and Beers at dinner this month?
Kelly Bird and Biebel keeping warm.
Matt Anderson and Rick Howard chilling at the fire pit.
Work time. Check out the new Lakai shoes for next year.
Check it out on Instagram #campwhatevs.

Next week we will be sending Lakai some questions about how their shoes are made and covering the journey of how they end up on your feet. If you have any questions that you would like to ask, like the leave them here and join us on Facebook.

Lakai: We are Your Friends 2 edit and Spring collection

Vincent Alvarez, Raven Tershy and Daniel Espinoza all feature in this latest edit from Lakai HQ, all 3 of them bring more than a 4-pack to the party.

Enjoy this and note that their Spring 2011 footwear collection can be found on their site. Follow your nose.