Cyclocross season is the time to break free of strict roadie kit rules and roll up to the start line with some flashy personality, and there's no better way to cap off a fluoro kit than with a pair of Lake's MX237 SuperCross Men's Cycling Shoes. With styling that seems reminiscent of our favorite old-school baseball spikes, these shoes are clamoring to be accompanied by a rad pair of knee socks and a perfectly proportioned long-sleeved skinsuit to rocket off the line for the hole shot and beyond. They're not just style though, as Lake also packs them with all the carbon-soled, hard-wearing, and highly adjustable features we expect from race-worthy fare, with the addition of aggressive toe spikes for an extra bit of grippy oomph when the race promoter has you scrambling out of a muddy creek bed or climbing a wall of grassy stairs.
- A race-worthy cyclocross shoe with stylish flair
- Stiff carbon fiber sole efficiently transfers watts to the pedals
- Lugged outsole and toe spikes conspire for grippy purchase off the bike
- Abrasion resistant leather upper with mesh panels for ventilation
- Dual Boa closures dial in the fit with streamlined precision
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- Q & A
Quality worth the price
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Love them. I don't normally spend this much, but the quality does justify it. Leather interior, not fabric. I had been buying Giro MTB shoes, but the heels kept coming apart, and ratchet buckles kept breaking. The Boa seems flawless so far, and the interior heel leather seems very durable. I wear these with Eggbeater pedals for all my riding: road and mixed terrain. I added a second insole for 3/4 of the foot, to decrease the volume inside the shoe, but keep room in the toes. I just did a big wet mixed "event" ride, and the shoes don't hold water like a sponge (like previous shoes). Hardly notice they are wet. I wear 9.5 to 10 in running shoes; the 43.5 is a good fit.
One of the few CX-specific race shoes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Tossed my old shoes after 10 years, and I wasn't going back to buckles and straps—mud clogged them completely. While BOAs are pretty standard, what drew me to these was the fact that they're specifically designed for CX racing. They're like a nice road shoe plus treads and ready for mud.
The (real) leather upper is pliable enough to be comfortable, but so far tough enough to fend off scrapes and washes down easily. It's also very warm for winter, though there's a bit of mesh and venting cutouts. Haven't tried these in an early season race yet. Inside there's very little padding, but you don't need it with how comparably soft these are, and it's less to get saturated in the wet.
The carbon sole plate is stiff, much more so than my old MTB shoes, and they feel a lot more connected with the pedal. I do get a bit of heel lift while running, but they do flex enough to run without feel like they're getting sucked off my feet. Essentially they're built knowing that most of the time, you're pedaling, but just enough flex to get through runups. No complaints on the tread. Several sets of toe spikes are included.
As for fit, they're roomy with a wider toe box, but tighter in the heel. I used the fit guidelines from their site and first bought a 45 (my foot length is around 28cm), but that turned out too big, even with thick socks. Sizing a half-size down was still more than enough to wear winter socks and still wiggle my toes, and not be bottoming out the laces. They fit a lot like road shoes with a little extra volume up front for running, but being fairly low-cut, not best for extended off-the-bike time.
Lastly, the lacing system just works. The replacement pair I received had the two-way BOA knobs for adjusting looser if need be.
Bottom line: they're pricey, but they're bombproof, mud proof, and pressure-washer proof. Well worth it if you do CX exclusively, maybe less so for general trail riding. As far as I can tell, the Supercross model is the same as the regular MX237, save for the abrasion-resistant leather.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 12
- Height: 6'0"
I've spent about 15 years as a wrench in various shops, and have had the luxury of trying on many different shoes before purchasing, so buying unfamiliar shoes on line is always sketchy. That said, it was time to purchase a new pair as my Sidi's fell victim to my new puppy. I didn't like the reviews I saw with Sidi's new stuff so I decided to look at other options. Lake stood out, specifically the Supercross. Great reviews and, damn, they look pretty rad. They checked all the boxes for cyclocross, MTB, etc., but how was the fit? Well, I'll just say that out of the box, these shoes are a dream. They blow away any Sidi shoe I've ever had, and I've had quite a few. The only other shoe that came close to fit were some old Carnacs from years ago. The Boa retention system is awesome. Plenty of room in the toebox and ample volume for my not-so-narrow feet. I've only put about 70km in these so far, so I can't yet speak for longevity, but the leather they use seems pretty rugged. Nice stiff carbon sole without any hotsopts. Great shoe. I'm now a Lake convert.
Not as comfortable as the standard MX237
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 47 (use Lake's fit guide on their website)
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 185lbs
My first pair of the standard MX237 was showing some wear so I thought I would "upgrade" to the MX237 Supercross. The Supercross looks awesome and the tough leather sounds great in theory, but the comfort really drops compared to the standard MX237. I had issues with the top edge of the buckle/strap cutting into the front of my ankle through the very top edge of the tongue. Check the photo for clarification of the buckle/strap issue. The buckle/strap isn't as pliable as the leather on the standard MX237 and it cuts into my ankle. The standard leather moves when needed and is much better. This the only thing I could find wrong with the shoe. It may be much better on someone with a different foot shape than mine. It could also be something that breaks in very quickly and gets comfortable. But, I wasn't willing to check and see after knowing how comfortable the standard MX237 was.