CX402 Speedplay Cycling Shoe
The Lake CX402 Speedplay Shoes are more or less identical to the three-holed version, just built specifically for your Speedplay cleat interface. No shims, adapters, or three different kinds of bolts to get your cleats mounted, just a quick-and-easy bolt on. We should all be so lucky.
And, of course, since these are the 402s, you get a full kangaroo leather upper and dual Boa closures for a supremely personalized fit. Kangaroo leather is well known for its ability to perfectly conform to a shape over time, and these shoes are no exception. The 402s also feature a heat-moldable carbon fiber sole to make the fit even more perfect.
- Speedplay pedal-specific sole
- Kangaroo leather upper
- Dual Boa retention
- Heat-moldable sole
- Item #LKC000D
What do you think about this product?
August 2, 2019
From Sidis to Lakes, so far so good
My old shoes were a bit worn and so it was time to look for some new Sidis, my long term brand. I have big 'ol feet (one is a 14 and other a 14.5) so I need 50s. Josh, my gearhead, recommended the Lakes as they had a Speedplay version (I need the set back) so I gave them a try. Did the fit routine and got the heel tighter (still needs a bit more) and then two days later, wore them for my first ride, the Deathride here in Markleeville, on July 13th. I've now got about 360 miles on 'em and they're getting more comfortable every ride! I read another review that they were hot but I don't have that problem. The vents work very well, even today; I did a ride in the 90 degree heat. The leather is oh so soft and the closure system is awesome. I really love the fact that I no longer need to have to use those cleat extender base plates, either, which added to the stack on the bottom of the shoe. The only reason I'm not giving them a 5 is that they are not so comfy to walk in (really shouldn't be I guess but the Sidis were better in that respect) and the carbon fiber soles get scratched easily in the rocks and such that are either at event rest stops or the side of the road. Still, highly recommend these shoes!
June 26, 2018
Pro and Con vs Sidi wire speedplay
Replace Sidi wire/speedplay shoes, which I loved, but wanted something new. Shoes are very comfortable, easy to mold. I did replace the insoles (have done for all my shoes). Lighter and feels like better power transfer than my Sidi’s. The leather does stretch, particularly when hot. Not a big fan of the Boa dials, they are difficult to adjust when hands are wet/sweaty. I preferred the Sidi’s in this area. Overall, happy with the purchase. Based on recommendations, I bought 0.5 size smaller than my Sidi’s, fits fine. I have about 1000 miles on so far
July 18, 2018
Great review! Thank you
August 21, 2017
Full comfort pedal to spindle connection
The Speedplay model does reduced the stack height causing me to lower my saddle height about 1/4" lower thus bringing me more into the bike utilizing the Speedplay Zero interface to it's optimum. I fully recommend going to the website and following the trace your foot and match up the size needed chart for acurracy. Heat and mold a couple times one shoe at a time until it feels right and then you will truly get what to paid for. Soft Kangaroo leather does not bind or bunch. It has a sturdy sole that fills in the void of heel movement after molding to get the whole feel experience. This will give you a stable ,balanced full force foot to pedal contact while sprinting and climbing both. Very reassuring. Compared to my Sidi Genius 5's they are longer so I went down a half size to fill in the toe box. They work great with high arches. If I were to focus on $$$ I might give them a 3 or 4, however there is not a way to put a monetary amount on the comfort level that which I have never experienced on a bike for the past 30 years.
May 8, 2017
Last year I gave these shoes a rave review. They are comfortable, heat moldable, fit my wide feet, AND Speedplay-ready. A year later I must reconsider. After eight months the upper Boa system on the right shoe began tearing out of the upper. Competitive Cyclist replaced the shoes in December. It's now early May and the upper Boa system on the right shoe is again tearing out of the upper in the replacement pair. I do not have feet of steel; I'm not clamping down to 200 pounds of force (ouch). The shoes still have many great features, but I cannot recommend them. Competitive Cyclist has honored the warranty, but it's now just over a year and two pairs down. I'll be looking elsewhere for shoes. Very disappointed.
December 6, 2016
disappointed to receive a used pair
You sent me a used pair of shoes and charge $430? Really angry and disappointed. When I return the shoes, the shipment still charge me, that's unfair!
April 17, 2017
looks like the normal wrinkles for kangaroo leather. is there something else that doesn't show in the photo that made you think they were a used pair? these look new to me.
May 27, 2017
I have these shoes. The kangaroo leather creases very very easily. The crinkles shown could easily have been caused by someone just trying them on and wearing around the house on carpeting for a little while to test fit. You did not state whether it appeared that cleats were mounted or the soles indicated wear - that would be a more sure sign of true usage.
July 18, 2016
Good Shoes, not as narrow as I'd hoped
I wear a 46A and the land of bike shoes is a barren, empty place for me. These shoes say they are built on a narrow last. That seems true, but the upper is a veritable land of Canaan, a lush, roomy place. This isn't a big problem, but I have to over tighten the upper to keep my foot in place, and this causes a real problem, the tongue of the shoe pinches and bunches up where it meets the rest of the upper. This pinches your foot. For a $529 shoe, that's disappointing. Otherwise the shoes are great. The BOA dials were a huge step up from a 2010 BOA shoe, the sole is magnificent, and the leather is wonderful: supple and sturdy. Be sure to buy the Speedplay metal insert if you bought the Speedplay specific shoe. I think I agree with the other reviewers that they run a touch long, but I'm normally a 46 and I don't really think they're too long, but maybe I could have gone 45.5 if there is such a thing.
June 4, 2016
soft Nice fit with great tie system
The feel of the shoe is great, the heal is soft yet snug, its a perfect fit for my heal, does NOT!!! dig into the heal... Rides nice and feels great. First time feels like you have had the shoe for years.
May 17, 2016
Worth Every Penny
My Lake experince started with the MXZ 303 Boots for Fat-Biking. They were stupid comfortable. I have had comfortable mountain biking shoes but these boots are plush. So I next bought some MX 237 for mountain biking. Not as plush but still super comfortable. I have NEVER found a pair of road shoes even mildly comfortable. I tried the Northwave Extreme Techs...after a full season I literally could not stand them, they actually got worse the more they broke in. Last year I picked up a pair of the Sidi Wire Push. They were better, but they serrated tongue top was a evil little ankle biter, and I would get some hotspots. So I picked up a pair of the 402's about a month ago. I have about 500 or so miles in them, and just did the NYC Gran Fondo in them. They are awesome. They aren't a shoe you put on and forget they are there. You know they are there because of how comfortable they feel. I have a medium width foot, with a medium arch. The toe box is perfect. Not to narrow (Italian fit), and not to wide. The arch is rather high. The carbon sole has a pre-formed high arch. Due to this I put in some low arch insoles (low arch + Lake built-in arch = medium arch) and they are perfect. Once you form the heal it's like wearing perfectly fitted, stiff soled bunny slippers. These things rock. I am not brand-loyalist typically, but when it come to Lake cycling shoes, I am now one through-and-through. I normally wear a 43, but got these in a 42.5 and they fit perfect, so they run a hair large.
July 16, 2016
I agree. Great shoes. If I had it to do over, I'd order them one-half size smaller. The Lakes do not move or slop, but I don't need the amount of length I have in the toe box. My shoes hit the front wheel when I make sharp turns. Otherwise, a few small threads have come loose on the seams after three months. Fit, power, and overall comfort are great. Just added a pair of Lake's semi-custom, heat moldable insoles. I'll see how they perform later today.
April 16, 2016
Best shoes I've ever worn
I have had the Lake Speedplay 402s for almost two weeks and have put over 500 miles on them including long mountain climbs, interval training, and tempo rides. The fit from the box was painful in the heel cups, but heat molding solved that. I've molded the left shoe once and the right four times. My right foot is a more difficult fit, and I'm trying to match the extraordinary fit of the left shoe as closely as I can. Right now both shoes fit, transfer power, and "disappear" on my feet far better than any shoe I've used. The only remaining question is whether the shoes will hold their shape and retain their great look for several years. I don't believe in spending a lot of money just to impress myself, but these shoes are money well spent.
September 22, 2016
i'm trying to figure out what size to order. i wear a size 44 in specialized s-works. i see you ordered a 44.5. can you compare lake 44.5 to another brand? hopefully specialized. can you help?
August 14, 2015
Another Great Lake Shoe
Theses shoes fit fantastic for me, I have a narrow ankle with wider toes, and the dual boa system allows me to tweak the fit perfectly. They do have a pronounced arch, so it may take time to get used to the fit. I had CX331's before these, and this shoe is significantly better. No problems with heel slip whatsoever after the custom molding. I really appreciate that the toe is entirely wrapped in rubber, it keeps them from getting scuffed walking and the occasional street tap. I'd recommend them to anyone.
April 8, 2016
I got the CX402s this week. Heated and fit them yesterday; once for the left shoe, twice for the right. Then I rode forty-one miles at medium + effort. I've never felt shoes like these. While riding I was asking myself, "What do these shoes remind me of?" Then I remembered: back in my skiing days I wore custom-foamed ski boots that were formed around my feet while they were in a "neutral" position. The boots - and these shoes - wrap around my feet like a protective shell. No rating yet; I've only used them once. But my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive.
July 22, 2015
Unusual shoes. Love or Hate.
These are not what you would expect from most cycling shoes. The kangaroo leather is thin, light, supple, matte, relaxed looking. Most cycling shoes have a glossy technical look; whereas these are more like leather bedroom slippers. Besides being somewhat 70s or 80s retro, this aesthetic is a little odd and may or may not agree with your sense of style. (Important because odd shoes on a large foot can make the wearer look a bit silly.) They run quite narrow. My feet are large but medium width at most and these are pretty tight. Don't order if your feet are wide or nearly wide. The carbon soles are crazy stiff, but if your foot doesn't fit, punishing. Heat molding works much better than expected--the carbon fibre uppers can be formed with finger and foot pressure, but if you have a wide foot or low arch you are likely to find these punishing to stand in even after molding. I ordered a 46 which is my size in most other footwear, including carbon soled cycling shoes and inline skates. It is not only a bit too narrow, it is also a bit too short. The 46.5 fits length but is still a bit narrow at the midsection which heat molding seems to have fixed. The arch still feels a bit high but If they fit right, the kangaroo leather and heat molding should allow for closely tailored customization. People who are fine with the aesthetic and find a fit could be very happy with this shoe. I suspect they are slightly narrow because heat molding is better at widening than narrowing a shoe. Fortunately they are quite comfortable pedaling! The shorter native 4-bolt stack height (see picture) is more stable and the broad adjustable cleat mount zone should be enough to allow anyone to find a fit. The sole is very firm and free of hotspots. Turning the pedals wearing these should put a smile on your face and just maybe a touch higher speeds on your cyclometer. Shorter native stack height feels much more stable and more efficient on the pedal (no rocking or squeaking). No question for speed play riders that native mount confers better feel, better adjustment, and less fuss. The cleat mounting area is enormous and very stiff--no hot spots. It's a shoe you could grow to love as you use it and appreciate the benefit of its quirks. The uppers and dual boas do a perfect job of finding tension adequate to keep your foot snugly in place without discomfort.
December 2, 2015
Update: over 1K miles later, the kangaroo leather and shoe have molded perfectly to my feet. Pedal feel and perceived efficiency are fantastic. A quick buff is all it takes to remove road grime from the white leather. Great shoes. Easy to love. Upgraded from 4 to 5 stars. Because these stretch over time, make sure your initial fit is snug.
October 22, 2018
Good review James. Just purchased my pair and heat moulded once for initial fit. I agree with your Speedplay specific comments. It’s such an improvement over three bolt shoes that I will never go back.
July 22, 2015
Lake Carbon Shoe Heat Molding
July 18, 2014
Great shoes... perhaps the best*
*Truth be told, all contact points are a matter of a bit of objective information and a lot of personal preference. I had ordered a pair of the Bont Vapor Plus shoes, but they felt sloppy. I appreciated the extra toe box room, but the extra width seemed to extend all the way back to the heel. Back went the Bonts and in came the Lakes. These are breathtakingly expensive, but for my feet these were the right choice. The difference with the Bonts was night and day. The Lakes feel like someone is holding your foot tightly in their hand - not uncomfortable, but surprisingly firm. They - like the Bonts - are heat-moldable, but I have not needed to do so. If you aren't as happy about their firm feel, you could easily remold the shoe to a wider fit. Personally, I'd rather go that way than try and mold a loose shoe to fit tighter. The Boa closures work great too. The top strap comes a little lower on the foot than other shoes. I have had the Rapha Grand Tours and their Giro counterparts the Prolight SLXs and both of their top straps came too high on my foot so that when my feet were at 9 o'clock the strap would cause discomfort. The Lake shoe is lower (although not quite as much as the Bont which was exceptional in this regard) and still holds firm under standing climbs or hard efforts. I do not have an objectively narrow foot, but if your feet run toward the narrow side, these are a great choice. You may also get the same fit with their less expensive shoes. I went for these because I wanted a super comfortable top-shelf shoe that was also understated (bought the all black) and these have been perfect. They are also Speedplay specific which has been great. Oh, and buy these from Competitive Cyclist. If they aren't for you the return policy is outstanding.
April 24, 2014
Heat Molding Process
November 26, 2016
Says u can heat mouls up to 5 x max. So after 5 you are screwed? I guess who needs it that much. I'd like to make sure it's done right first time then.
May 1, 2018
What size Lake 402's? Currently have a pair of Lake CX332 Wide in 47 which fit well. Would like to try a pair of the 402's in the Speedplay version, but it appears they do not come in a wide? How does the 402 fit in comparison to the CX332? Should I go CX402 Wide or CX402 Speedplay to get the same fit as my CX332 Wide in 47?
March 19, 2015
Does these come with the carbon sole protector plate?
April 1, 2015
Hello, No, these do not come with a plate. I ordered the speedplay plate separately from CC
August 20, 2015
The plate is absolutely required to avoid damaging the CF shoe sole. My LBS had a pair on the shelf for $10. Good thing I had it mounted as I somehow managed to put a divot in the plate on a 15mi test ride!