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CX238 Cycling Shoe - Men's

5 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews
$264.96 - $349.99
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Why We Like The CX238 Cycling Shoe

Lake evolves the CX237 to the new CX238 with updates to improve the longevity and performance of this long-time favorite road racing shoe. The Competition last is shaped for better fit and comfort during hard efforts, with a slimmer heel and wider forefoot to allow for foot expansion under pressure. Supporting it all is Lake’s Race carbon fiber sole, providing the stiffness we need for better power transfer and durability. A panel at the heel and a rubber bumper at the toe protect from prematurely wearing out the full-grain leather upper, which has mesh panels and venting to improve cooling.


  • A premium road race shoe
  • Race Carbon sole efficiently transfers power
  • CX Competition last provides a secure fit and wider forefoot to relieve pressure
  • Full-grain leather is supple and comfortable
  • Mesh paneling and vents enhance airflow and cooling
  • Dual BOA dials provide precise, secure closure
  • Compatible with 3-hole road cleats
  • Competition last, see size chart for fit information
  • Item #LKCZ02A
Upper Material
full-grain leather, mesh
dual IP1 BOA or dual Li2 BOA
carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility
3-hole road
Claimed Weight
[single, size 39] 9.7oz (274g)
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years
road cycling

Overall Rating

5 based on 8 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

June 20, 2023

Great shoe for my problem feet

I've used it several times

Before ordering this shoe I went through the Lake measuring process and came up with a size that probably would have been to small. Lake recommended a size 43 but I've been wearing size 44 in all my shoes for ages. As it turns out the size 43.5 is perfect for my foot. As has been pointed out, these shoes don't really offer the slim, speedy look of a lot of shoes but the wider toebox is perfect and solved my numb foot problem. Another feature I like that was missing in my previous brands of shoes was a BOA system that is two way. I can reach down and open up or close down the system one click at a time as opposed to having to stop, release the BOA and then retighten.

j_amess2184846 j

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5 out of 5 stars

July 10, 2022

Just great shoes

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

Just got a pair of the black CX238 road shoes, size 43.5. That new leather smell as you open the box. This is now my fourth pair of 238 range shoes, between road and mountain shoes. Yes, I have a problem. But the Lake 238 shoes fit my feet perfectly, no hot spots, no pinching or crushing of the toes, they are just the perfect shoes for my foot shape. Run maybe just a bit small compared to other shoes, most other shoes I've had have been size 43. Or perhaps the Lakes are just true to size and the others were a bit off. Started with a burgundy pair, then just had to get the white, and now this black pair, to go along with my beetle/black mountain shoes. And may just have to get a pair of the new fluo yellow/red road shoes.

Robert W
5 out of 5 stars

April 8, 2022

Great feeling footbed

I've used it several times

I came from a pair of Fizik R5B shoes that tapered too much. The toe box on these Lake shoes is just perfect as it leaves room for some swelling that occurs after the first hour or so on the bike. They have a hugging heal cup with a great shape, plus the matereal ensures there is no lift. Very Happy so far. I picked them out of a large group of shoes that I tried at the same time.

Lucas B

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 14, 2022

Why didn't I buy these sooner?

I've used it several times

These shoes feel amazing! Used sizing guidance on the Lake website and fit is just right. I had North Wave shoes that I thought were ok but were too narrow and tightness got worse when I added better insoles with more arch support. These Lakes have more width and volume and are so comfortable! The quality is evident and the natural leather is supple and but supportive. Can dial in just right with the boa dials. Shoes are so critical to how comfortable and enjoyable your cycling experience will be. I should have prioritized this purchase long ago!

Eric K

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

September 11, 2021

Best shoe I?ve owned

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

The first time I put them on, even before I attached the cleats, I knew they were keepers. I had not planned to spend that much money. They have a large toe box which is just what I need while the upper softly hugs your foot. The arch is nice These are my first shoes with carbon soles. What a difference. Pedaling is like being on an elliptical like you?re whole foot is applying pressure. Lake has won me over..

Joel D
5 out of 5 stars

September 10, 2021

Worthy Successor to the CX237

I've put it through the wringer

After trying on, buying, and selling countless shoes I finally found my perfect fit: the CX237. I rode the CX237 for a year before the inner lining tore and I had them replaced with the CX238. I've been riding the CX238 now for a year and three months. For those of us with wonky feet, the wonderful fit of the CX237 carries over to the CX238 (I have duck feet). The inner lining is significantly more durable than the CX237. The tongue and ventilation are a bit better. The cleat alignment marks are still crooked. The BOAs are still wonderful. With approximately 7,500 miles and 360 hours, they are still going. My riding has been 70% outside in moderate to high heat and 50-90% humidity and 30% on an indoor trainer. By now the upper lip of the tongue has lost its pliability (not nearly as badly as the CX237) and the outer leather, near the inner ball of my foot, has started to tear. I have done nothing to care for them, though. Perhaps proactive leather conditioner would turn these into 15,000+ mile shoes?

Jon P

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 20, 2021

Sizing? (updated)

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

I have not ridden with these yet. I used the chart, and ordered what I thought was the correct size, 44.5 (same as my current Shimanos). They were too small. Have returned them for 45s, and hoping they fit. But according to that chart someone with an 11.5 shoe should use a 45. no way my feet are that big. Update: The 45s arrived and they are a perfect fit. After one 35 mile ride it's easy to tell how good these shoes are. Comfortable, and a really stiff sole. Also have good arch support and a comfortable heel cup. Excellent shoes.

David M

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 1, 2021


I've used it several times

I really like this shoe. I have bought lots of different shoes looking for the perfect fit and look, This is the first shoe that is comfortable and where I don't get any slip in my heal. I have a high instep and narrow heal. To accommodate my instep I normally have to buy an 11 in shoes and sneaker even though my foot measures a 10/10.5. This has been an issue in cycling shoes because the extra length means lots of heal slippage. If I crank if down to prevent that, my arch gets crushed. With Lake I can a nice fit, no heal slippage and no pain. But, the Lake is not the sleekest looking shoe on the market. But I will trade performance over style any day. Lake also has a great sizing protocol on their website. Follow it, it works!


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