CX 237 Wide Cycling Shoe
Stop squishing your wide feet into medium-width shoes and telling yourself it's fine. One look at the rolling topography of your feet should give you a hint about the uncomfortable future you have ahead of you if you don't start giving your tootsies some breathing room when you ride. And really, it's as easy as buying Lake's CX 237 Wide Road Shoe. Exactly the same as its hardworking mid-range CX237 shoe, the wide version gives you an additional 15mm of pressure-relieving bliss compared to the regular width, so you can actually let your toes splay out and take advantage of their strength when you're pedaling.
Just like the regular width model, Lake builds the CX237 wide on its Competition last, which provides a contoured fit to capitalize on power transfer from the ball of your foot. You'll be able to drive power straight through to the pedals using the unyielding carbon sole, while two micro-adjustable Boa dials give you the ability to make infinite adjustments to the fit of the heel and forefoot so you get a secure fit without sacrificing circulation. As if that weren't enough, Lake takes the high road and constructs the uppers of the CX 237 using full grain leather, accented by airy mesh paneling to make sure your feet can still breathe inside the shoe.
- Carbon fiber sole
- Boa closure system
- Full-grain leather upper
- 15mm wider than regular width CX237
- Item #LKC000S
What do you think about this product?
March 24, 2020
Comfortable, stiff, and high quality in every way possible! Great for those with wide feet.
February 17, 2020
The fit and support of the shoes is incredible. However if I'm riding for more than an hour the tongue of the shoe starts to dig into the top of my foot. The boa system on makes the tongue pretty rigid compared to other shoes I've owned. This only happens on one of my feet. And might only be an issue if you have tighter angles in your feet when you pedal. Also I'd say these are tough to fit because there are so many sizes...I went with my exact measurements and they feel too tight to wear anything but my thinnest socks.
January 9, 2020
There are the only shoes with insoles that actually cover my whole feet. I've tried other "wide" shoes and my foot is an inch wider than their insoles. I can ride 100 miles with the Lakes with zero foot pain.
November 13, 2019
What a revelation
As with the other reviews I have wide feet as well and have suffered for years with sore feet from cramped toe boxes on cycling shoes. I have owned S Works, Sidi and Fizik shoes and just tolerated them. I ordered the CX237 and the moment I slipped them on I knew I had found my shoe brand for life. I can’t speak to durability as I have only had them a couple of weeks but I don’t expect any issues. They seem really well put together, and price wise they are a good value for a niche market shoe.
November 1, 2019
Finally bought these
Been wanting these for a long time but it was always cost prohibitive. Final saw them on sale last week and pulled the trigger. Holy smokes these feel good. Been wearing Shimano RC701 which are “wide” compared to others but these really are wide. Added bonus, the Boa dials are bi-directional. I thought they weren’t. Lake must have updated the show recently. Totally satisfied with purchase. Sizing: follow Lakes sizing guide.
September 29, 2019
Great for wide feet
For riders with wide feet, this shoe is worth a look. I have struggled to find a shoe properly wide enough. Based on other advice online, I tried Lake's sizing instructions on the company's webpage, and selected this shoe on the basis of that sizing. It proved to be accurate, and I have ended up with shoes actually wide enough for my feet. Note on the sizing: for the true to size assessment, mine is based on the sizing on Lake's website.
August 24, 2019
Finally a comfortable shoe
So after almost 17 years and multiple attempts at buying whatever shoe was on clearance or sale on a website, I finally broke down and soles out the big bucks for a wide shoe. I’ve been through 5-6 pairs in the last 17 years and finally convinced myself that I needed a wider shoe. These shoes are amazing. Have put about 1000 miles on them since buying them and hands down are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. Did a century ride in them and didn’t think twice about my feet!
August 6, 2019
Poor BOA attachment placement
The construction is quality and the leather is nice but I have three issues with these shoes. First, the plastic BOA attachment is placed right on the top of the shoe and it really cuts in when I flex my ankle. This model has a noticeably smaller ankle opening than the lower end velcro model. I didn't notice this until I mounted the cleats and tried it out on a trainer. Unfortunately since I had mounted the cleats I couldn't return them, so I took them to a cobbler and had them cut away the strap closest to the ankle and place the BOA attachment on the side of the shoe. Second, another reviewer mentioned that heel retention is poor and I would 100% agree. If you have a somewhat narrow heel you might need to glue in a heel gripper. I didn't have this problem on my last pair of cycling shoes which had a nice pocket for the heel and a kind of (memory?) foam around the top of the heel which kept my heel firmly in place. But I have some heel lift in these Lakes. Third, I followed the sizing instructions on Lake's website carefully to select my size, but I think they are too big for me. For context, I'm a woman with small feet that are wide in the forefoot and somewhat narrow in the heel. After always having shoes that are too narrow it was a relief to have plenty of space for my wide forefoot and toes, which was the whole point of buying wide Lake shoes. I bought the Lake carbon insoles thinking that it would help me get a better fit but I have to use both the standard insoles and the carbon insoles together to feel like my feet weren't swimming in the shoes. Plus when I cinch the BOAs up for a comfortable fit, the leather at the toes folds over a bit. So I suspect that they are not just wide shoes (wider last) but are also high volume shoes (more upper material). I'm unfortunately really disappointed with a expensive pair of shoes that don't suit my feet, and I'm faced with having to drop another few hundred dollars on another pair of shoes.
August 3, 2019
Very happy with Lake shoes
I want to thank Competitive Cyclist for making available a wide variety of shoes (actually all cycling equip) and sizes. To understand this shoe review, basically I’m about 6 feet tall but have a lean build at around 150lbs from years of competitive running and then triathlon. I came into cycling from too many running injuries and numerous recommendations,. I have a wide forefoot but not a large volume foot. I only learned the difference by scanning other reviews and then actually trying different shoes. When I originally got into cycling from too many running injuries in my 40’s, the first pair of shoes I bought from the local bike shop were never even close to comfortable (Vittoria). After a year or so, I had read about the Sidi fit and tried on a pair at a different shop and they were so much more comfortable. A world of difference and accommodated my wide forefoot. That was probably 12 years ago and at that time they used a synthetic leather, I believe called Lorica that was supple and formed to the foot. A big improvement with the Genius (X?) I bought. After those shoes wore out I naturally went for another pair of Sidi shoes and bought some type of Genius or at least not the top end ones, about five years ago. The new synthetic leather materials just don’t form to the foot and I’ve never been happy with them and they get uncomfortable on longer rides. Recently I did a lot of research and read reviews on the site, checked out manufacturers sites, and also got some input from the chat feature on Competitive’s site. This was after ordering a Sidi Ergo 5 Mega shoe, thinking it would be wider. Wow, now I see the difference when people talk about large volume shoes. I could almost put two of my feet in the shoe on top of each other - again, I’m only wide at the forefoot. I also thought the adjustable heel of Sidi may help because my heal is narrow or at least regular. As part of that research I noticed Lake shoes and also that they were clearly differentiating wide from large volume shoes. I then went back and carefully reviewed the Lake comments plus went to their website. After looking at the Lake shoes and more importantly going to Lake’s website to measure my feet as they describe (seriously, if you draw them out on paper as they describe you’ll be good) I ordered a pair of CX237. I thought they were a good value, the natural leather was appealing so that it would better form to my feet, etc. I’ve now had the CX237 for over a month and hundreds of miles on them before writing this review so that I’m helpful (I know it’s getting long). These shoes are wonderful! So comfortable and high quality. The front end width is right, the BOA closures are awesome and so adjustable while riding, the leather is supple and awesome, and even though it’s old school leather, the ventilation and materials make for a comfortable, cool shoe even in 90+ degree weather with high humidity. I highly recommend the CX237! I’m one person but I wish the heel was more narrow or had the ability to tighten it down like Sidi- but that would be a huge value add because I won’t trade these shoes. I didn’t want to spend the money on their top end shoe ($540), although it may have been a bit better if I could mold the heel tighter on the shoes and I’m intrigued by the kangaroo leather. But nearing 60 years old now and my competitive days over, it’s a decision I’m very comfortable making since these shoes are awesome. Although Lake is a lesser known brand, their philosophy around foot shape and a foot’s ability to expand during activity is likely the future of more shoes. Birkenstock figured it out a long time ago. A few cycling brands plus running shoes moved in this direction earlier. Sorry for the long comments but I’m hoping others with a wide forefoot but not a high volume foot save time and get the right fit. Regardless of foot shape, I’m extremely impressed with Lake’s overall quality, stiffness of sole, etc.
July 25, 2019
Happy with the product
Good shoe, fits true to conversion charge to US sizes. Truly wide in toe box. Very comfortable out of the box. Kyle at Competitive Cyclist was a great help in finalizing brand and size. Getting new cycling shoes is a serious undertaking and big commitment, worked out well.
July 24, 2019
My feet now love me
An absolute joy to ride in with wide feet.
July 14, 2019
Best biking shoe for wide feet
This is my second pair of Lake CX 237's - they are hands-down the most comfortable bike shoe for anyone with a wide foot (and I mean anything past a D-width). The Boa closure is the very best - allows in-ride adjustment and precise fitting. As with all bike shoes, I recommend investing in a pair of custom orthotics (not Dr. Scholl's that you buy for $2 at CVS. They are worthless). You would be amazed how the extra support adds to the comfort especially during long rides. I had an issue with the heel of my prior Lake shoe. As we all know, that part wears out, and it would be great if Lake would sell an inexpensive replacement part. Otherwise, these are the only shoes I will ever buy. Thanks!
May 15, 2019
Positive first impressions
I think it's safe to say that Lake is one of the most fit-obsessed shoe brands out there. If you take the time to measure out your foot, and follow their recommendations accordingly, your dedication will be rewarded with the perfect fit. The 237s feature a true full-carbon sole and a leather upper for significantly less than most of the other top-end offerings. I'm very impressed by the quality of construction, stiffness, and high-end BOA dials (as opposed to the entry-level ones they used to spec.) The only downside so far is that the heel is overly stiff and high, and it digs into my Achilles a little more than I'd like. Look for an update soon!
November 14, 2018
I decided to splurge and get these shoes in hopes they would help alleviate foot pain on rides. As soon as I put them on, I could tell they were going to be a huge improvement. The sole is nice and stiff but the upper is supple and conforms to my foot for a great fit and comfort. Just wish I would have bought them sooner.
October 12, 2018
I have been looking for a road bike shoe for over a year. All the shoes I would try were too narrow despite my feet being narrow. I decided to try this shoe because it is known for having a wide toe box, very glad I did, this shoe is fantastic. I bought them last month (Sept 2018) and I’ve ridden for hours at a time with no complaints. Would definitely recommend!
August 23, 2018
So I've been through 3 sets of shoes and thought when I switched to Shimano, I would have a shoe plenty wide enough. Unfortunately not. after a lot of research, I settled on Lake CX237 wide. These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. Not only is the toe box wide enough, but the leather upper has nicely conformed with ongoing use. The sole is plenty stiff. Good energy transfer and feels solidly connected to the bike. I was a bit skeptical of the measuring system, but it was right on and really was as simple as tracing my feet onto paper. Definitely true to sizing chart. This is the first time in over 10 years that I haven't had hot spots on my feet for thought about foot pain while riding...just sad it took me so long to bite the bullet and spend the money, but well worth it. Would recommend these to anybody with a wider foot or bunions.
April 22, 2018
Great road shoe
Love this shoe! It perfect if you have a wide foot like me. Also having multiple adjustments for your foot on how tight you need it is great. To top it off they are very light. Highly recommend these shoes!
February 14, 2018
On my second pair
Best shoe I've tried so far. Really like the dual Boa closures which make it easy to adjust and with a size 10 / EEE foot my toes are not cramped. They are definitely a bit "delicate" (soles not the uppers) and I was surprised at the amount of heal/sole wear since I tried really hard to avoid any sort of walking. Finally wore a hole in the sole so had to get another pair - a bit pricey so only 4/5 but otherwise a great shoe.
January 1, 2018
Lake Shoe - Excellent Purchase
The Lake Shoe CX237 fits my wide, high instep foot perfectly. It is a very comfortable shoe and I could tell the performance increase immediately. I have greater response to my pedal power with this carbon sole, in sprints and climbing and all around. Some customers have mentioned the thin padding in the tongue, and I agree the padding could have been doubled. I have experience no discomfort with the current padding. I'm glad I took the time to research this shoe and I'm pleased that I upgraded to this shoe. Would highly recommend this shoe.
October 1, 2017
For me... Great!
If you can calibrate the tension perfectly, these shoes are like wearing socks. I've had to reach down during a ride and re-calibrate, but once it's good, it's really good. I agree with other reviews that the tongue could have more padding, but I think re-calibrating the tension after a warm-up could be just as good as more padding. I've found the most comfortable rides (hot or cold) are with thicker socks -- probably related to the tongue issue others have had.