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    19 Reviews


    Comfort, meet speed.

    Lake’s CX237 Road Shoes are designed to be both comfortable and brutally efficient, a line not often walked this gracefully in the footwear department. To close the shoes, you’ll find two Boa reels, able to be adjusted independently so you can lock in your heel without strangling your forefoot. But the upper that closes around your foot is made from full-grain leather, a choice made for comfort and a supremely personalized fit. It’ll only get better the more you wear it.

    The sole is Lake’s Race Carbon. It’s a carbon fiber sole built on Lake’s Competition last, which is designed to direct all of your power output through the ball of your foot, but still allow a bit of wiggle room when your feet swell.

    • Full grain leather uppers mold to your foot over time
    • Race Carbon sole
    • Competition last
    • Dual-boa closure
    • Two-hole cleat compatibility
    • Item #LKC000J

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    full-grain leather, mesh
    leather heel
    carbon fiber
    Cleat Compatibility
    3-hole road
    Recommended Use
    road racing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    High quality, very comfortable shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 45

    For years I've worn Sidi shoes and more recently Fizik, both of which are great shoes and fit my narrow foot nicely. I've developed a Morton's neuroma on my foot and needed to start wearing an insert which made the other shoes too tight and I needed more room in the toe box. I decided to try a Lake shoe based on some investigation. I usually wear a size 45 or 45.5. The Lake shoe in a 45 fits me very well, mind you that's with an insert with a lot of arch support which takes up more space than the insert the shoe comes with. No slip on the heel at all with my narrow foot, but I'd say the shoe runs a tad larger than Sidi's do and definitely more room for the toes that I was looking for. These shoes are well made and the leather is really supple. They are the most comfortable shoes to wear out of the box that I have ever owned. They have a nice stiff carbon sole. No hot spots at all even on long rides. The dual boa closure allows you to dial in the fit perfectly. The only complaint I have is that the boa closure system they use only allows micro adjustment when tightening, not when loosening. I don't understand with shoes at this price point and above why Lake doesn't spec them with the micro adjust in both directions. I took off a star for this, but otherwise this is an awesome shoe and a good value based on materials, construction, and fit. I'm very pleased with my purchase and also the sizing advice I received from the guys at competitive cyclist.

    Great shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    I needed a wider than normal shoe. I was tired of the Euro shoes (Sidi's ugh!) with their narrow toe box. I have a pair of Bonts but they are not super comfy off the bike and my S Works were narrow, but not as narrow as my Sidi's. I saw that Lake had a wider toe box than normal cycling shoes. I now have 2 pair, black and white. The uppers are incredibly soft leather! Once they are broken in, they are sublime! I added carbon fiber insoles for arch support and now they give me power, support, and stiffness similar to the Bonts, but in a very comfy slipper. Also, the carbon fiber soles are beautiful! These shoes will only get better with time. Lake shoes are my go to shoes!

    Great Shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 225lbs

    I've worn NW and Specialized SWorks for the past decade. I have a couple of friends who have been Lake shoe wearers their entire cycling life span. I gave this pair a shot an I am glad I did. I got size 46 and fit very similar to my old pair of Specialized Sworks. Hands down the best pair of cycling shoes for the price. Lake will be my only shoe of choice for as long as I turn the cranks. For those who have wide feet (like my riding buddies) rest assured get the wide size and your fit will love you forever.

    Wonderful Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    This is my first pair of Lake shoes and I love them. I could never find a pair of shoes that felt great with my large instep and these do. The boa and real leather combo is perfect for my wide foot. It is a great pair of shoes!

    Comfortable and Stylish

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I have dealt with narrow cycling shoes forever and finally splashed out for these given the reputation for quality and a wider fit. So glad I did… Instant comfort. No need to break them in due to the wide toe bed. I can’t get over how comfortable they are on my wide feet. The BOA straps are for real, quick adjustments are easy to dial in a great fit. These are not the wide version. Unless you have Flintstone wide feet, I’d suggest go with the regular width as these are noticeably wider than anything else I’ve worn. Aside from the great fit, they are beautiful with the real leather and minus the ugly color splashes. Favorite shoes ever.

    Great shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Great fitting shoes! Best fitting shoes I've ever worn, for my moderately wide feet. Leather is nice and soft, and should provide a more 'comfort fit.' Comfortable!

    Comfort at last!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 173lbs

    Wow these feel great straight out of the box! At last a decent shoe that doesn't try and squeeze my wide feet from every direction.
    Having previously used a pair of Specialized comp shoes without too much discomfort i found these were no longer useable following a 2 hour bike fitting where they put in a toe bed and raised the arch which basically took what little room i had away to the extent that my feet were going numb after only 10-15km.
    Its a testament to these shoes i basically bought them on thursday evening, stuffed in my footbed from the specialized's, screwed on the cleats and then rode a hard 85km event on Friday morning... awesome comfort levels compared to where i had been even before the inserts!
    Well done Lake im a customer for life as long as they dont fall apart or lose their shape.

    Nice and wide! Poor ventilation

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 42 wide
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I am going to give these shoes a good year of using and possibly longer. I finally found a truly wide shoe and am mostly happy with them. They are almost too roomy! So much so that I made my own custom insoles out of cork. I use these under the stock insoles to fill up some of the volume and this works well. Before doing this the tongue of the shoe and other parts of the upper dug in to my ankle. My customization alleviated much of this problem. The Boa system works well although is a bit harder to operate when you are really sweaty. My biggest complaint is the ventilation or lack of ventilation. The shoes feel much warmer than other shoes Ive worn that have more mesh. All of those tiny holes don't do squat to ventilate as they are often covered inside. I wanted white shoes because I thought they would be cooler in summer but what I have found is that good ventilation trumps color by a mile if you want cooler feet. This may be true for performance oriented shoes as they may be stiffer. Who knows.

    All in all I am happy with them as it's hard to find wide shoes.

    Wait & See

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    When I first started wearing my Lake shoes I thought they were super uncomfortable, they seem to have a higher arch on the ball of my foot & the pain was worse on my left foot, I almost returned them,but in the last 2 weeks they have been more comfortable. Theses shoes are great looking,stiff but I think it takes a little while for them to break in.

    its hard to change shoe brands

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I have worn Sidi road shoes about as long as I can remember. I recently decided to spread my wings a little and have not regretted it. They are a little roomier in the toe box than Sidi and I quickly grew to like that. They are extremely stiff and light, everything a good road shoe should be. It took me a few rides to be completely converted but I definitely am now. if you have any questions on the Lake shoes feel free to contact me here directly

    Wish Lake offers replaceable heel piece

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 161lbs

    Great shoes, fit true to size. Plenty of room for your toes even in normal D width. Scratch the bottom carbon fiber since first ride as there's not much rubber protection for the toes and the heel piece is very small. I have to change the way I walk in these shoes.

    Go to the Lake shoe web site. Under products/accessories you will find replacement heal pieces. The heel piece on the Competative version is riveted on. Carefully remove the rivet and you should be able to screw on the replacement heel piece.

    Fantastic shoes but not for my flippers

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45.5 WIDE

    I wanted these shoes to work so badly. The quality of materials and overall design are absolutely top notch. Add to that the fact that Lake offers them in a wide variant and I imagine most folk would be very pleased with a similar purchase. Unfortunately, my Flintstone feet are very broad at the toes. The toe box just wasn't um.... boxy enough. The shoe simply tapers a little bit too much in that area for me, feeling just a bit too tight on my little toe and adjacent toes. I contemplated the idea of having them stretched in that area but decided that was a bit like being the evil stepsister trying to jam her foot in the magic slipper. My quest continues. Make no mistake though, this is a great shoe and I'm sure it would satisfy all but the most broad footed. A shout out to Backcountry for having the wide version in stock and having a very good return policy. It's hard to find wide versions of shoes at any LBS.

    Good Shoe with wide fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Needed a shoe with wide fit. Previously had difficulty with SIDI, and Specialized shoes being too narrow especially on longer ride. Decided to give the Lake's a try. Fit well and have provided better blood flow on longer rides.

    Great Shoe!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Ive been searching for a shoe that will adjust with me on longer rides and this shoe fit great from the first mile to the last no break in. Lake has a bigger toe box and with the double boa can easily be adjusted on longer rides on the fly with good ventilation, highly recommend!!

    Perfect shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The perfect shoe - they don't get in the way in any way. Ride as long, as hard as you want and at the end of your ride you'll then remember you're wearing cycling shoes. They're that good - fit like a glove. I wear 9 1/2 wide street shoe, ordered 44 wide and have ridden several hundred miles, great fit, great shoe.

    Better Than my Sworks

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Ok, so I was supper skeptical about ordering shoes online. I typically don't like to buy without trying as I can't confirm proper figment. I read the limited reviews and info there is about this shoe and took a chance.

    Being that these are essentially new there wasn't any info on how stiff they are, which was my major concern. As the title states I came from a Specialized SWorks shoe. As far as I'm concerned the stiffness is exceptional! Are they as stiff as walking on hard concrete? That's debatable, but they are plenty stiff. When you get up to sprint they put the power down right where it's needed.

    These shoes are slightly heavier than my SWorks but a few grams isn't anything to worry about.

    The fit on these animals are phenomenal! The moment I took them out of the box and slipped them on my feet I knew it was a match made in Olympus. If you don't like having to conform to a slim European foot profile then these are for you. A spacious toe box awaits! This was the feature that surprised me the most. I don't have wide feet... that I know of. Being able to have my toes just relax on a long endurance ride is great! I didn't get the normal enclosed feeling that I'm used to with my other shoes.

    The BOA dial on these is a step back from the new BOA system available. You have to pull out the dials in order to loosen. I don't find this to be an issue as I typically ride lose on the warmup then tighten to the desired fit once ready.

    This is a classic looking shoe with great new features. If your looking for a roomy shoe that offers all the same features as others that cost twice as much than this is it.

    Better Than my Sworks

    The Chosen One

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45 wide
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    So here's the story. I ride. I find that I am a mix of adjusting the bike to me, and me adjusting to the bike. My 20 year old size 45 Sidi Revolultions fit into the latter category. When the Velcro didn't Velcro any more, and I was wearing holes in the toes of my socks, I decided to treat myself to a new pair. And... while I was at it, why not shoot for my sole mate - sorry. I have a pretty broad forefoot. I frequently feel pressure on the outside of my little toe when I try on hiking boots or other footwear. So I've learned to go to wides or roomy euro toe boxes. Backcountry has such a good return policy, I ordered all the permutations within reason. Since I loved my Sidis, I ordered a half size bigger 45.5 Taurus, and a 45.5 MEGA Sidi 5. I've heard that Northwaves have a generous toebox so I ordered a pair of triple Velcro Extremes. There were a pair of Giro Meles - carbon and such a deal, I threw those in. And finally a few Lakes - again a 45.5 in regular and in wide.

    What I found: the Northwaves and Giro Mele were too narrow. the Sidi Five Megas were too Mega, with excess leather around my foot. The Taurus felt OK, but the uppers felt too durable and nonconforming. The Lakes felt wonderful but a little too long, so I ordered up 2 more pairs in 45, regular and Wide. The Regulars felt good in the toes but were too much arch for my flattish foot, The Wides fit my arches, just a touch loose. A pair of Specialized inner soles took care of that.

    Again points that may help:
    Lakes seem to run a half size bigger than Sidis.
    Lakes have a more rounded toe box.
    One Boa tightens uniformly, but you probably don't have a uniform foot. For me 2 Boas allowed me to better customize the fit - no heel slippage and just the right tightness across the ball of my foot.
    The Sidi Megas seem to be the widest, and highest volume. The Lakes were a little less wide and the sweet spot for me.
    The Boa system is very easy on and off. It also provides micro tightening. Easy to tighten on the bike. Loosening the Boa requires that you release and then re tighten, rather than ratcheting down - not too big a deal.
    The soles were all stiff. Lake uses beautiful Leather that slips on easily, breaks in quickly. Classic styling, modern Carbon sole, 2 very adjustable, modern, cool Boa closures. Verdict Lake 237CX, for me in a wide.

    Sidi - Italy or Romania, Lake and most others China. Bugs me for the cost of the shoes. But I can-t fight it anymore - in China We Trust.
    If you're going to try my approach, do so in the spring when all the sizes and widths are available.
    Hope this was helpful. Now, to get back to riding, and to give my shoes the highest compliment by ignoring them.

    Great Boa shoes for the money.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    After going back and forth on shoes with CC for awhile (ordering and sending back). I finally setteled on the Lake CX 237 shoes and I am super glad I did! The quality of these shoes are evident you take them out of the box. The real leather with the BOA look very classy and to me they are more of a understated look. Putting them on I felt like I was slpping up foot into a slipper. Like they were made for me.. Very hard to describe... Just could not believe how well they fit right out of the box. To make things even better, they have a full carbon sole that will make the shoe preform they way it should. The Boa system is very easy and nice to use. Will be easy to adjust either for tight or loose while on the bike. I ordered a 46 (US size 12) and they were just a touch too small for me so I did return and order a 46.5 which fit perfectly.

    My previous shoes are Sidi Genius 6.6 and these Lake shoes have every bit of the same quality as my old Sidi's... My Sidi's will still be my spring and fall shoe.

    Lastly, I want to give a shout out to CC. This is a first class orginization that truly wants to keep thier customers happy. I bought a pair of Northwave's that were not in great shape when I recieved them. The leather was discolored (white) and there were marks and scratches on both shoes. I got in touch with Greg at CC and he helped me pick out these Lakes and discounted the price and offreed 2 day shipping! I got the first pair and they were just a touch too small. Contacted Greg again, ordred a 46.5 and Greg had them shipped out next day air. Just awesome customer service! I am a CC customer for life!

    Unanswered Question

    For those using Speedplay pedals
    What shims are you using? The Speedplay manual says to use 5R/F, but those leave a noticeable gap between the sole for me. The 6R/F work fine though. Thanks!

    Unanswered Question

    I have a pair of carbon sole ratchet and Velcro close, size 42 Northwave road shoe. I am now finding that my right foot is too tight in the front.

    I think Northwave are a narrow shoe. I have an older pair of Lake MTB shoe that fit perfect. Do you think the cx237 would be a good fit?