Verdict from 45 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Lakai Atlantic is budget-friendly and highly recommended by most reviewers.
  • Various skaters dig its clean, well-balanced silhouette, which is “neither too bulky nor too thin, but just right.”
  • Many testers say that the XLK cupsole delivers a lot of comfort, support, impact protection.
  • Quite a handful of wearers like how squishy the Delux-Lite insoles feel under their feet.
  • The skaters who tried on the Atlantic are surprised by how flexible it is right out of the box.
  • It doesn’t sacrifice board feel like most cupsoles tend to do, a few users have pointed out.
  • The breathable side mesh panels keep the feet stay fresh and cool throughout the wear, based on a review.
  • A pro skate reviewer likes the nice pointy shape of the toe box, remarking that it helps him with his flips and technical tricks.
  • The Atlantic holds up better than most Lakai shoes, according to a skater who shredded on them for over ten sessions.
  • A couple of users remark that its hexagonal outsole tread has an impressively sticky grip.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some skaters point out that the Atlantic is not cushioned enough for high-impact skating, such as jumping down a set of stairs.
  • It has limited colorway options, which disappointed several shoppers.

Bottom line

Inspired by Alvarez’s aggressive yet fluid style of skating, Lakai gears the Atlantic with both the qualities of vulc and cupsole skate shoes. Its suede upper features a single-piece vamp for an even wear and tear, and perforations and mesh side windows for added breathability.

All that settles atop the most advanced XLK cupsole, known for its lightweight construction and impact support. Underneath, a Hex Tread outsole delivers loads of grip, board feel, and flexibility. A brilliantly full-packed model, the Atlantic sits only at $75 apiece.

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Good to know

The Atlantic is exclusively available in men’s sizing. It has a low profile, which exudes some vintage soccer-cleat vibes. This construction lets the ankles retain their full mobility, helping the wearer adapt to sudden, random foot transitions, on or off the board. Plus, a lightly padded collar and tongue support the ankles.

Moreover, the Delux-Lite insole features a deep-contoured heel, which improves stability, and a traditional lace-up closure with seven eyelets lock the foot inside with an adjustable fit.  

The Atlantic has a cool, almost understated design. Despite—or because—of its simplicity, this pair oozes with polish and sophistication. In short, a lot of suave. It is a nice sneaker to dress in everyday staple clothing. Think trousers, jeans, pants, shorts, chinos, and tops such as print tees, sweaters, hoodies, etc. It is a good way to keep it one’s style simple and real.

Lastly, the Atlantic model comes in only three colorways. Though few, they're nonetheless appealing: tan white, black/yellow chocolate, and white suede.

What immediately strikes its wearers is the huge amount of its flex, the Atlantic being a cupsole sneaker. Here Lakai was able to get the best of the cupsole’s world and mesh it with the vulc. Besides that, it’s lightweight as well and delivers lots of board feel, just like a vulc but more durable.

The Atlantic is the long-awaited third pro model for Vincent Alvarez. Whereas the first two are vulc designs, this one is a cupsole. Taking cues from soccer silhouettes, the Atlantic looks like a classic skate shoe, which is a hybrid of a vulc and a cupsole. It boasts of the vulc’s flexibility and lightness and the cupsole’s comfort, support, and durability.

  • This model is recommended to those vulc users who want to switch to cupsoles.
  • Elastic straps prevent the tongue in place, preventing slippage.
  • The front eyelets are sunken so the laces won’t rub against the board when doing flips.
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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.