CX237 Cycling Shoe
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
- Three-hole cleat compatibility
- Item #LKC000J
What do you think about this product?
March 27, 2020
Last Brand I'll ever own!
For years I have struggled with long distance comfort with even the best shoes. I've had brands that fit beautifully on first try-on, but invariably after a long (50+) mile ride, I would always end up with pain at the joint of the cuboid & 5th metatarsal - severe pain sometimes. Not so with Lake - the roomier forefoot allows for enough room for extreme comfort without leaving that "loose shoe" feeling where you have to dial the Boa's down tight. Best comfort / fit / performance / feel shoe I have every owned. Use the Lake website size wizard! That's extremely accurate in my experience - don't trust a generic chart.
March 9, 2020
Can't believe the Lake size charts
All I can say is don't believe the size charts. A 43.5 is not a 10.5. I need a 10 or 10.5. But the box the Lake CX237 shoes came in say a 43.5 equals a US 9.5. Believe me the 43.5's in black are a tight 9.5. I returned the shoes the same day I received them.
March 27, 2020
Go to Lake website. Never trust a size chart not published by the MFR. Their size wizard was spot on. I did the same thing.
October 22, 2019
Lake: Swimming and Sleeping 47s
The forefoot of this shoe is like a lake, a Great Lake of room, no amt of cinching on the well crafted BOA helps. I know what you are thinking i got the wrong size. WRONG! i sent back the 46.5s bc they were too small for my size 13 feet which are not narrow. I got these 47s. I cant send back so they will become my Zwift shoes. The other problem, my feet go to sleep, i assume thats the very stiff carbon fiber soles. Well my soul grows restless as my feet fall dead asleep 30miles into a ride.
September 22, 2019
Very comfortable but...
The upper plastic piece where BOA cable loops around was cutting into my tendon when I was flexing my ankle. For that reason I had to give it 4 instead of 5 stars. Maybe it's just me and it won't bother anyone else. Other than that very good shoe for someone with wide feet.
July 31, 2019
I've worn Shimano for years as they fit my foot size (45) very well. I have no particular complaint about Shimano's , but wanted to find another brand of shoes that would fit me and also wanted to upgrade to Boa fasteners. I found a pair of Lake's in a store and tried them on and the sizing was dead on. I also like the fact that the upper were made of leather, which is very hard to find these days. I've been riding them for about a month and so far have no complaints. They are comfortable, true to size and easily adjustable. Time will tell how they hold up.
September 12, 2019
What size US shoe do you wear? I also use Shimano road shoes but sometimes go between a 44.5 and 45. Wonder if the Lake's are a generous 45 or about the same as a Shimano. How have they been since you bought them?
June 14, 2019
Apparently you do get what you pay for wrt cycling shoes. I owned an inexpensive (~$100) pair of cycling shoes that usually left my feet numb and sore after 20 minutes of riding. My Lake CX237 shoes were comfortable out of the box and that comfort has not wavered after several 50+ mile rides. The BOA system gives me a form fitting closure and it makes it easy to get the shoes on and off. The style speaks for itself. I wear a men’s US size 13 and purchased a European size 47. The fit is very good. I will recommend these shoes to any of my cycling friends who ask (to my competitors I will recommend my old, uncomfortable strap on clunkers, but that is just between you and me).
March 7, 2019
My favorite cycling shoes
After 10 years of trying different shoes, I bought a pair of Lake 237 because I wanted the most comfortable shoes I could find that didn't look like orthotic shoes. Something stylish and classic. Something with room in the toe box that I could ride all day. These checked every box for me. Shoes are so specific to the person, but I absolutely love mine. They feel like they were made for me.
October 7, 2017
High quality, very comfortable shoe
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.
September 12, 2019
So would you say that these are a generous size 45? I am trying to decide between a 44.5 and 45.
July 28, 2017
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!
March 19, 2018
Have you had any issues with the tongue digging into your ankle/shin? And have you suffered from hot feet in the summer?
June 25, 2017
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.
March 15, 2017
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!
February 10, 2017
Comfortable and Stylish
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.
January 10, 2017
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!
March 19, 2018
Hi Manuel, have you had any trouble with the tongue on these shoes digging into your ankle/shin? And any problems with hot feet in the summer because of the thicker leather upper?
November 27, 2016
Comfort at last!
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.
September 18, 2018
Hi, do you have to order half number more than size chart to use it with specialized footbeds? Regards
August 25, 2016
Nice and wide! Poor ventilation
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.
September 7, 2018
Swiftwick socks might do the trick. I've found they're made from breathable fabric and wick moisture to keep your feet cool and dry.
June 16, 2016
Wait & See
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.
May 18, 2016
its hard to change shoe brands
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 10, 2017
Kyle, I am told Lake CX237 fit on the small size. I wear 41.5 in sworks shoes. any suggestions for the proper Lake sizing? 41 perhaps?
January 11, 2017
hey Pierre, email me here, email@example.com
November 24, 2015
Wish Lake offers replaceable heel piece
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.
January 25, 2017
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.
September 29, 2015
Fantastic shoes but not for my flippers
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.
November 16, 2015
Hey friend, I happen to have very wide feet as well and have been searching for wide road shoes for a while - what other shoes have you tried?
September 13, 2015
Good Shoe with wide fit
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.
January 10, 2017
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!
April 3, 2015
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?