CX402 Cycling Shoe
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.
- Peerless cycling shoes for the discerning racer
- Customizable carbon sole is stiff and molds to your feet
- Kangaroo leather upper adds luxury to your daily spin
- Dual Boa closures dial fit without undue weight gain or bulk
- Lake's best cycling shoes effectively mark the ceiling for the industry as a whole
- Item #LKC000C
What do you think about this product?
September 30, 2019
Worth every penny
Had my feet going numb after 40 miles. I tried numerous other shoes with no luck. I finally stepped up and ordered the moldable shoes..... what a difference!!
October 19, 2018
Stiff and Narrow-ish
I was caught between sizes on this shoe. I wear an 11.5 in a sneaker, and I ordered both a 45.5 and 46 in this shoe. First off, the heat molding is definitely not a gimmick (I was skeptical). After molding the shoe, it holds my heel much better and that helps when I'm picking up the pedals. I think the shoe fits a little narrow, but as it turns out that's as much a product of Lake's insole as anything with the design of the shoe. I found that with the Lake insole, I felt a little compression along the outside of my foot, which seemed to result from the insole's design. It places your foot in a tub in the insole INSIDE the carbon fiber tub-- and it's that tub that makes the shoe so great. You're foot is as much IN the insole as it's ON the insole in the shoe. It's fat and curves up on the outside of the insole, taking up a lot of real estate inside the shoe. I removed the insoles from my old pair of Specialized shoes and put them in there and it's fantastic (I think anything with a flat outside perimeter would be similarly effective). Now my foot can use the entirety of the width of the shoe. I have read some criticism that it's hard to adjust the tightness of the BOA knobs on the bike, but I didn't have much problem. I just pull the knob and that pops it loose, and then pushing it in gives me a lot more room to tighten it back down. These shoes are a big lick. No doubt they're expensive and I was extremely nervous about settling on a size with these. If you nail the size, everything you've read about them is true: spectacular kicks.
January 13, 2017
Only shoe that works for me.
I've put 8,000 miles and about 5 crashes on my current pair of CX402s. While they are torn up, they still perform flawlessly. I have tried several other pair of shoes and constantly have my feet going numb. The 402s felt a little awkward out of the box, but after a few rides and some heat molding they felt great. Quality is top notch as should be expected from a shoe at this price point. The only thing to be aware of is they take forever to dry, which again, is to be expected of a leather shoe. For me things hit the nail square on the head.
January 18, 2016
Work them into shape
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...
June 5, 2016
For curiosity's sake which size Diadora's and which size Lakes did you buy? How do the sizes of the different brands compare? Thanks!
July 22, 2015
Lake Carbon Shoe Heat Molding
January 14, 2015
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. .
February 17, 2015
Finally someone else who experienced what I did. They are AMAZING shoes. Super soft, BOA is better than any that I have seen, sole is stiff. But man the pain at the lateral is unbearable. When I first got mine I literally could not get my foot into them without excruciating pain. Heated them up and got them to stretch out a bit but never enough to be comfortable. And the seam where the mold side and upper meet is in just enough of the wrong place where there is constant dig into the side of the foot. I also went up to a bigger size and then also tried a wider size and could not make them work. It was a shame as they are amazing in every aesthetic way possible. But at the end of the day comfort is all that matters.
January 31, 2017
My experience was very similar to GV's and John N's. The shoe looked and felt awesome but I could not get the heating/molding to work to the point that I could feel comfortable with them. The sides of the shoe was digging into my foot and I could not get it like Chetnlisa was able to get the inside wide enough to feel comfortable. The heating did not soften up the carbon sole enough for molding. I did not try higher temperatures and/or longer heating intervals though. Perhaps that is why. In any case, CC was awesome and I got great service as usual and was able to return them without any problems.
January 2, 2015
Don't expect perfection on the first try
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.
August 27, 2014
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.
January 6, 2018
Hi, Considering buying these shoes. I'm on the edge of 2 different sizes. Do these run longer or shorter than average? Or are they true to size? Thanks
January 8, 2018
Hey John, Luckily, unlike most shoe manufacturers, Lake has a very handy sizing chart based on actual measurements. https://lakecycling.com/pages/sizing-charts
June 8, 2017
Dear Sir, Recently I got a pair of Lake CX402 Carbon Shoe. However, after curing or heating it up in a oven, I notice some bubbles like on the surface on the carbon. (Please refer to the pictures as per attached) Question: Is this condition normal or will it becomes brittle and liable to break easily or is there anything I need to worry? Thank you!!! Regards, Roger
June 17, 2017
I think that is normal. You moulded it and those are the effects. My shoes did the same and I had zero issues... your image isn't clear though and I can't see if it's the same as mine Did u talk to lake"?
January 9, 2016
Is the sole molded at home or does it need to be done in a shop?
March 4, 2016
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt9oFqsYZcw
March 17, 2014
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?
October 8, 2014
We do not, I apologize. Feel free to call or chat in for info on current inventory.
July 18, 2015
any more 44 wide size?