Don’t let your feet swim in a sea of ill-fitting shoes.
Like gloves for your feet, the Lake CX402 Men’s Shoes bring custom fit to the cycling masses. Lake begins by using kangaroo leather to construct the uppers. Known for its suppleness and durability, the leather is combined with mesh panels and perforations to increase airflow and keep your feet cool. These shoes only get better with time.
And while comfortable uppers are a must for long hours in the saddle, those long hours will be excruciating without a sole that optimizes power transfer. Lake places the kangaroo uppers on its Custom Fit carbon fiber sole. The soles are heat moldable so that every inch of your feet is supported. The carbon fiber provides a stiff platform to transfer power straight to the pedals.
Two Boa closures wrap the shoes around your feet. They are individually adjustable to secure your heel while decreasing pressure on your forefoot. Combined with the heat-molded soles, you won’t need to crank down on the closures to keep your feet in your shoes.
- Kangaroo leather with perforated leather lining
- Custom Fit heat moldable carbon fiber sole
- Dual Boa closures
- 3-hole road cleat compatibility
- Item #LKC000C
- Q & A
Work them into shape
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I too experience the sole digging into the inside of my foot when I first tried them on. I wasn't concerned as the soles are intended to be form fitting. I followed the heating instructions but didn't get it right the first time. At 200 degrees for 5 minutes I just didn't get them malleable enough until the 3rd heating whereby I went a little hotter by 5 degrees and another minute. They definitely smelled like they were well done but the payoff was that I was finally able to move the inside of the sole wide enough to fit my very high arched feet. Believe me that I was at the point of return before I went all the way up in temp. After that the key is to use (assuming you are looking for additional arch support) something cylindrical and solid-I used a wooden baker's rolling pin-to stand and firmly roll your the shoe over repeatedly right under the arch of your foot. Then promptly sit and squeeze the sides working from the heal forward. The trick for me to get the inside wide enough to feel snug was to put all my weight to lean into the shoe so that the inside of your foot is pushing the sole outward. I got them to where they, as Lake describes, feel like slippers. For the record, I also purchase the Diadora Vortex Pros that CC had a smoking deal on recently. Side by side, the Lake's kicked arse by far. There is a striking difference in quality. In my opinion (duh, I'm writing this), the Diadora's felt/looked cheap by comparison. I dedicated a disproportionately excessive period of time to evaluate the two shoes side by side in terms of materials, build quality and overall value for the price. Two primary reasons the Lakes are worth the extra buck is that the CF sole is hefty and well laid out with cleat alignment guides and heavy duty stainless threaded inserts. The leather is extremely supple and claimed by Lake to be more durable than cow hide. CC's policy is rock solid on returns so indulge yourself by trying on a pair. Just get your oven finely tuned until those soles are singing your song...
Lake Carbon Shoe Heat Molding
Great shoe if they fit.
Been using Sidi shoes for well over 20 years... Decided to break free and try the Lake 402's Impressive quality, supple leather, boa fasteners and one hell of a stiff sole. I first ordered 42's I have narrow low volume feet but immediately noticed the shoe digging in on the lateral aspect of my foot neat the base of the metatarsal, the sole is not flat, the Lake sole is like a bathtub, the sides curve up... the heat molding is more or less for the heel cup of the shoe so it would not affect the forefoot. A cool design as long as it does not hurt your foot. I sent them back and got 43's now they are way too big, no bueno. I still had the issue of the lateral foot pain.. I was thinking 42.5 but I decided to get DMT Vega shoes.. Competitive Cyclist was super accommodating on dealing with the returns. They are a class act.
Don't expect perfection on the first try
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I found that I didn't start to really warm up to this shoe (pun intended) until I went through a few cycles of riding it, and adjusting it. Others might have been lucky enough to find nirvana with one molding session, but it took me a few tries to get everything adjusted.
Fit wise, I wear a 45, which is the same size I've worn in Sidi, Shimano and DMT shoes. I have a fairly narrow foot with a reasonably high arch, and I find the volume is comparable to those shoes as well, versus a high volume shoe like the old Carnac models (which fit me like a bathroom slipper).
While not cheap, these shoes strikes a great balance of adjustability, old school materials and new school looks. Just give them the benefit of the doubt and don't judge them too harshly after only one session in the oven.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The fit is true to size for me. I wear an 11 and the 45 Lake fits perfectly. In fact, the fit was so good, I only heat molded the insole. There is a good amount of room in the toe box which is a welcome treat compared to Sidi's, Northwave, and Mavic.
On the bike, the shoe is very supportive but not constricting. This allows my knees to track properly while the foot pressure is evenly distributed, which is a problem I have had other shoes.
The carbon soles are solid. I do not notice any flex.
The kangaroo leather uppers are a treat. They are very supple, far more so than the artificial leather used in other shoes. This allows the dual Boa closures ability to fine tune the pressure to really be put to good effect. No hot spots anywhere. Also, the leather seems to breathe very well. Even riding on 100 degree days here in Texas, my feet were never too hot as happens with some plastic leathers, even those that are well vented. My guess is the excellent fit, supple leather uppers, and the twin Boa closures have a lot to do with this.
These are the best cycling shoes I have ever worn.
Is the sole molded at home or does it need to be done in a shop?
You heat the shoes in your oven and then wear them and they will mold to your foot with some external hand pressure applied to fine tune the fit to your heel and foot (see Lake's instruction video below). I have somewhat narrow feet so didn't need to heat mold my Lakes, they fit beautifully out of the box. Have over 2000 miles on them and the fit now is just as glove-like as when I first rode in them with no change in stiffness/power transfer from the carbon sole. BOA lacing system is superior in fit/adjustment and convenience of use than Sidi's Techno-3 system IMO.
The description says they are available...
The description says they are available in wide width in the black/black version. Do you have this version available?
We do not, I apologize.
Feel free to call or chat in for info on current inventory.
any more 44 wide size?