You've curious about the return of the lace-up shoe for a while now, long enough to realize that what started as a trend looks to have staying power. Whether you remember when lace-ups reigned or are considering upgrading to cycling-specific shoes for the first time, Louis Garneau's L.A. 84 Shoe is a good place to start if your budget and fit requirements trend more towards self-sponsored and generous.
Taking inspiration from the lace-up models the pros have been wearing, the L.A. 84 offers a similar fit and feel, in a more approachable price range. Built to Garneau's STD Fit standards, the shoe doesn't have the aggressive, highly contoured fit of a top-end race shoe. While it still provides security and the nearly limitless potential to adjust fit that comes with a lace-up design, the shoe will feel more forgiving for everyday rides. Its fiberglass-reinforced nylon soles lend a mix of stiffness and flex appropriate for its entry/mid-level distinction that will see you loyally through group rides, evening spins, and perhaps your first-ever Fondo.
- Get the fit you want on everyday rides with this shoe
- Synthetic leather and mesh uppers wear well in any weather
- Fiberglass-reinforced nylon sole provides mid-tier stiffness
- Lace-up closure encourages generous fit customization
- STD Fit is Garneau's roomier, less contoured fit
- HRS-80 heel piece included for a slip-free fit in the heel
- Outsole encourages ventilation for extra breathability
- Item #LGN009B
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 43.00
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 167lbs
One of the things that I love about this shoe, both of them actually, is that they get the job done. I was not big on locking my feet into the "Suicide Pedals," being a sort of "Cages is the Rages." Sorry, now with 2, 000K on this new pedal rig I have an opinion. You can pull your foot out of the old school "Cage" faster. Kinetically, it is less moves. That aside, these shoes are pretty cool. Size: I am not a European. However, I learned the European sizes by having my climbing gear stolen years ago while in a certain European country with mountains. I tried on several pairs of shoes and the average was 43.00. So I ordered these in 43. Perfecto, great feel, wow. Adjustability: Enough for me and my feet & ankles are not exactly perfect shape. One, tiny caveat: This is a shoe for a "cooler" climate. There are vents on the bottom of the shoe plus holes in the top. If you ride these in the rain without a cover plus some why of blocking the bottom vents your feet will get wet. It is a cool shoe, a vented shoe, and considering that there are so many shoes in the $250 range, this is a lot of bang for your guilders. Because they were so affordable I have been trying to find what is wrong with them. The only draw back is this. If I were to cycle into a swimming pool these are the shoes I would want to have on. They vent the heat really, really well. I absolutely love these shoes and now I am a Clip In Convert.