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“One Day With the Prada MJ5”

After the first or second session it is decided whether you like a skate shoe or not. With this idea in mind, we are introducing the “One Day With…” reviews. The rules are simple: five hours of skateboarding, that’s it. Almost all qualities and malfunctions of a shoe appear, or at least can be foreseen. First shoe on the test bench: The new Lakai MJ-5.
-Clemens Dyckmans
C: The stickiness of the whole sole is great. The soft rubber quality combined with a thin lined herringbone pattern provides excellent grip. The sole pattern could be deeper though to add durability, but the flick and parada men adhesion of the Mj-5 set them apart from most other models on the market right now. Something new is that even the midsole has a herringbone pattern that is not just very shallow like on comparable models, which causes additional traction. The pattern is actually so deep that it is still visible after the complete five hours.
Clemens: Fit true to size.
Lester: Fit true to size.


C: A problem that appeared is that the midsole, which is wrapped around the outsole, came apart where the two sole parts are combined. It happened just on one shoe. It was annoying that while pushing, dirt and small stones got stuck in there. A reason might be that the tested shoes where still just samples. According to Kelly Bird, brand manager of Lakai, the final release will be a lot sturdier.
The MJ-5 doesn’t offer any lace protection. The laces ripped through at the top after the five hours. This happens to most shoes prada sneakers & prada shoes that don’t offer any lace protection, though.
The SLAP messageboards are filled with shoe-obsessed skaters from the world over, with some of the most knowledgeable and hardcore collectors, users, and examiners talking daily about what they’re wearing, liking, and hating. Need an example? How about this 157 page and growing thread simply about the shoes people are wearing? We at SLAP decided to put two of those gentleman- Lester Legarda (aka Bubblegum Tate) and Clemens Dyckmans (aka Weartested)- in charge of an on-going shoe blog on the editorial portion of the site…
Lester is a 23-year-old skater from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Clemens is a 22-year-old skater from Germany who studies industrial engineering and runs the Weartested wesbite with long-term shoe wear tests. They’ll be doing reviews of new kicks by way of single-day sessions- what they’re calling “One Day With…” reviews. First up for review is the Prada sneakers MJ-5 model. Here’s what they have to say…Since the rubber of the sole is very shoe soft, the shoe offers great grip prada sneakers for women but on the other hand the sole wears down fast. Additionally the midsole is very thin, so there’s not that much material to be worn down. A thicker layer could improve the lifespan of the shoe.
The upper material seems to last quite some time. The new “Lakaitning” sole construction is definitely intended to offer the grip of a vulcanized sole while having the cushion and comfort of a cupsole, but not the lifespan of it.

-Mark Whiteley

L: I had similar problems with the sole peeling but I’m sure it’s because its just a sample. I men sneakers continued to skate the shoe after the one day test, and the shoe lasted fairly long- I tend to rip shoes within a week, but this pair lasted a good two weeks before I deemed it dead. The durability of this shoe was quite good.

C: The breathability of the MJ-5 is prada men shoes quite good. The inner site of the model has a big perforated panel that allows air exchange. Additionally the toebox is perforated as well and the thin tongue is made out of a roughly structured mesh material that offers great breathability in the key area of the instep. All in all the Lakai MJ-5 offers more air and moisture exchange than most other models on the market.

L: Agreed. As well, the toe cap has perforated holes which add additional breathability.