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8 reasons to buy

  • Made of quality materials, the Lakai Cambridge is a durable sneaker as attested by several customers.
  • Equipped with the DELUX-LITE™ footbed, it offers all-day comfort making it a perfect alternative to Vans sneakers, testified by many users.
  • A few wearers said that it is not only a great skate shoe but also a perfect sneaker for work and school, among other everyday activities.
  • Among the Lakai sneakers, the Cambridge delivers excellent and perfect board feel, pointed out by several skateboarders.
  • Many buyers said they appreciated the shoe’s stylish and eye-catching design.
  • It offers an excellent fit, according to some reviewers.
  • A thrasher said that this skate shoe accommodates people with wide feet.
  • The footbed offers support and excellent shock absorption, as per a couple of testers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Lakai Cambridge offers insufficient flexibility, as per a skateboarder. He said that the midsole felt a bit stiffer when trying to flex because of the double foxing tape on the heel and on the toe.

Bottom line

The skate-ready Lakai Cambridge shoe is an embodiment of comfort and style. It is a low-top shoe where vintage design meets modern aesthetic. It can deliver the beauty and comfort of a sneaker without compromising the ability to perform.

Co-designed by Jovontae Turner, the Cambridge offers great board feel. Built with quality materials, it allows users to perform whatever technical street skating they can think of. You can get all these from a sneaker without breaking your pocket.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Lakai Casual Shoes
Price: $68
Colorways: Beige, Black, Blue, Purple, Red, White
Size
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The Lakai Cambridge is available in men’s sizing. Buyers can pick from 5 to 14 US and in medium width. It has a lace-up closure system that you can loosen or tighten for a snug and comfortable fit. The shoe upper is made of synthetic leather, mesh, and suede materials that keep the foot fresh and dry. Also, it has a textile lining for added foot breathability.

The cushioned footbed is equipped with the DELUX-LITE technology for all-day comfort and shock absorption. With the vulcanized construction, it has a PARA-MOUNT outsole that offers excellent board feel and grippy performance.

Depending on the colorways, the low-top Lakai Cambridge has a suede, synthetic leather or mesh upper as well as a combination of all materials. Some of the colorways are Grey Suede, Black/White Suede, Black/Black Suede, Red/Gum Suede, White/Burgundy Leather, White/White Suede, and Navy/Flame Suede.

This skate shoe can perfectly match denim jeans, sporty joggers, shorts, and khaki pants. Whether for school or office attire, this sneaker can definitely fit the bill.

With modern aesthetic combined with vintage sport style, the Lakai Cambridge has an athletic-inspired silhouette that is a worthy addition to an arsenal of kicks. Apart from aesthetic, it also delivers performance that skateboarders need.

Among its striking features is the DELUX-LITE midsole which offers not only comfort but also reliable impact protection. Also, it has a vulcanized PARA-MOUNT outsole that delivers excellent board feel and sure-footed grip.

In 1999, professional skateboarders Mike Carroll and Rick Howard founded the American brand named Lakai. Back in 1993, the thought of building the company was already there, but it was only after six years that Caroll and Howard took courage and finally launched Lakai.

Among Lakai’s innovative footwear is the low-top Cambridge shoe which was released in the Fall of 2018. It is co-designed with Jovontae Turner, a classic girl skateboards pro. This skate shoe has a modern design yet maintains its traditional elements.

The Lakai Cambridge has a breathable upper made of mesh, suede, synthetic leather or a combination of different materials, displaying a vintage look. With the perfect mix of modern and classic elements, it actually resulted in a versatile sneaker. Apart from a fashionable look, it also offers performance and comfort that skateboarder needs.

  • Lakai Cambridge has a shoe tongue that is adequately padded.
  • The outsole has a hex-flex tread pattern. The rubber is dense, so it does not wear out so quickly.
  • The insole has a deep heel cup to hold the foot in place.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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