Lakai shoes recently dropped the Griffin XLK, taking one of their best selling shoe styles and switching the vulcanised outsole for their trademark XLK sole unit. The result is a shoe that is a genuine progression over the original giving all the board feel that fans of the Griffin love but with increase impact protection and durability.
To mark the launch of the Griffin XLK, Lakai have come together with UK skateboard brand Isle skateboards to release a limit collab, we caught up with Isle’s part owner and creative force Nick Jensen to get his thoughts on the shoe and how it came to be.
– Hi Nick, how’s it going? What have you been up to lately? Keeping busy, right?
Yeah, I have been busy doing lots of fun creative projects and filming for the up and coming Isle video.
– Isle seems to be gathering some decent momentum in the UK, can you tell us about what it is like to build a brand up from nothing? Stressful, fun, all the above?
I enjoy making isle grow… Split 3 ways with myself, Paul shier and Chris Aylen, we have struck a good balance and healthy division of labour. I must also thank our distributers especially Wesley Morgan at Rock Solid and Josh Stuart at Theories.. It’s becoming a a great extended family. And I look forward to the future.
– How important is the Isle team to that process?
The team is the most important! It the best aspect of any skateboard company as far as I am concerned. Everyone has input, were all really good friends and look out for one another, it makes me really proud to be a part of that.
– Is it tough working with on Isle considering Shier is 5437 miles away sunning himself in Southern California?
Ha ha. I think it’s part of what makes Isle what it is. Paul is keeping it real internationally and we pretty much email everyday. A lot of the time we just talk about skating and general life shit, that’s what’s important, just communicating regularly and pushing Isle from all sides.
– So, you guys just dropped a recent Isle x Lakai collab, tell us how that came about?
I asked Kelly Bird a few months back if he was keen, and he was.. I had wanted to make a colour way for a while and it felt like connecting this to Isle was really appropriate, so yeah I am really proud to have this out.
– What made you go with the Griffin XLK for the collab?
I was aware that Lakai were making the Griffin on a new XLK sole and with a slightly shallower profile, it seemed like the right model for me and so we took it from there. It’s REALLY good to skate in.