CX/TX RACE Last – Featuring a slightly narrower toe box & tighter heel than the Competition last and less overall volume than the Sport last. Designed for very high-cadence riding & higher pressure and a slimmer fit.
Custom Fit Carbon Fiber sole. Men’s regular width available in a 3-hole or for Custom Order only Speedplay specific cleat pattern for use without adapters. Replaceable heel strike pad
Klite Kangaroo leather & Carbitex CX6 Carbon Fiber Stabilizer Support panels help keep the foot stabilized, control stretch and allow for increased power transfer. Lined with Perforated Kangaroo leather for great fit & feel.
Dual Side mounted Push/Pull IP1-S BOA lacing system
It took me a few weeks to decide to spend the money on these shoes.. I've purchased at least 4 other pairs of shoes that claim to have high volume, reviews state that they have wide feet, and like the shoe.. but I sent every one of them back. I could tell after clipping in that they were going to put my feet to sleep like all the rest.
My feet are Frankenstein wide. if I draw the outline on a piece of paper and measure them, they are 295 long, and 130 wide. If I use the cycling shoe sizing wizard on another site, after entering my dimensions, it just says "call us for options". In the product description, it looked like these shoes have a stated width support of up to 111.8mm for my size -- so I was still concerned that I was going to be unhappy with them, but decided to pull the trigger anyway.
When the Lake CX403 arrived, I was cautiously optimistic.. and then all my hopes and dreams were shattered when I put them on, and they were far less comfortable than any other shoe to date. I thought for sure that I'd made a mistake.
I decided to go ahead and just follow the heat/sizing instructions and see what happened. Initially, it was painful, trying to force my heel in to a narrow crevasse, but as I put slight pressure in each direction, it widened out and eliminated the pressure points. it took me two times on each shoe, but I finally got to a point where I felt like "okay, these might be good" and i put them aside until tomorrows ride.
The next morning, I slipped on the shoes, and tightened them down like I'm used to (good snug fit) and as I was walking around the room, I was still concerned that I had all these pressure points on the bottom of my feet, and there was no way they were going to work. However, after clipping in, and getting in to a correct pedal position, all those points melted away, and my feet did indeed feel like I was "wearing slippers". a product claim that I originally thought was probably a stretch -- Nope.. not a single pressure point, or anything digging in to my feet.
As I peddled 10 miles, 15 miles.. getting close to my hour ride, I felt that both of my feet were a little "tired" and I remembered reading that because of the snug heal fit in the formed shoe, you don't need to synch the laces down as much as you do on other shoes. I reached down and backed the BOA off on each side a click or two, and was happily surprised to feel my feet come back to life, and my heels didn't slip at all for the remainder of my ride.
I'm only one week in to wearing them.. but in the last year, there wasn't a single ride where i didn't get off the bike with achey, asleep feet. In the last week, that's happened zero times.. so I think I can say they were worth every penny.
After putting them on, and walking around the room, they are still fairly uncomfortable.. but once you clip and start peddling, they're the most comfortable shoe that I've worn by far.
Love my Lakes. They are the only shoes that have fit me comfortably on long rides. I always sized up but this time I went with wides, and half size bigger than recommended and they fit perfect. I’ve been a customer for years and don’t plan on not being one if the quality and fit continue to be so excellent.