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The 25 Best Independent Sneaker Brands

18. Lakai

Founded: 1999

Maybe Lakai isn't an independent company in the most technical sense. But the company, founded by pro skaters Rick Howard and Mike Carroll in 1999, sure acts like one. As part of the conglomerate that includes Girl and Chocolate Skateboards, and the one-time sponsor of Eric Koston, they're as core as it gets.

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