In recent months Lakai has been brought fully under the Girl umbrella and out of the gloomy rain of unintended neglect that left a slight tarnish on the company. The change is a marked difference in the subtlest of ways. The materials and construction are some high quality shit and there are many appealing designs in the new Fall '12 catalog. The Marc and other releases from Torrance have not only sparked excitement in old fans of the company but also the fickle and critical forum folk and the pickiest of skaters. More shops are stocking Lakai and with the Anchor program long time supporters and new shops will be able to have special colorways exclusive to only a few participants.
The Marc is one of their newest, featuring a vulcanized sole and a classic upper with optional lace savers and a snug fit. A well padded insole gives plenty of support without sacrificing board feel. The grip of the sole and outsole is quickly broken in after a few ollies and nollies and in all honesty felt skateable right out of the box.
New vulcanized construction.
Subtle flair, lots of style.
Rounded toe similar to the Manchester Select. If you've skated that shoe before, you'll like the similarities.
Simple and eye catching inner lining with limited but well placed branding.
After a few sessions in the shoe, they feel great have that grip that makes your ollies feel nice and floaty yet provide enough support to keep your feet from getting too sore after an all day session. The toe box is snug but has a little wiggle room for your toes and flicks nicely. The only down side is the long laces; every kickflip attempt brought fear the one of the loops would go around a wheel and end with me on the ground like a sack of potatoes. But some scissors and a lighter fixed that.
In short, the Marc is a great shoe if you dig the vulcanized variety with a quick break-in time. Currently comes in black, red and cashew.