The most expensive shoes currently on the market, can the Lake CX402s live up to expectations with a price-tag uncomfortably close to £400.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7

Lake CX402 cycling shoes

Pros:

  • Seriously stiff sole
  • Heat moldable fit

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Uncomfortable on longer riders
  • Folds in leather compromised the looks

Product:

Lake CX402 cycling shoes

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£369.99

The most expensive shoes on test, it goes without saying that we were looking for big things from the Lake CX402 cycling shoes in order to justify that slightly eye-watering price-tag.

Certainly nothing is compromised when it comes to performance. The Custom Fit carbon sole, which even rises up around the sides and back of the heel, is seriously stiff.

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Like many shoes of this price such as the Shimano SH-R321, the Lake CX 402s are heat mouldable, meaning that you should be able to look forward to a perfectly fitting shoe after a five-minute trip into the oven. Certainly this creates a shoe that, if you pardon the poorly chosen idiom, fits like a glove. This close fit meant I was able to make the most of the ultra-stiff sole, although on longer rides I had to loosen the two Boa dials in order to relieve pressure.

As you might expect from a shoe of this price, there’s barely an inch of synthetic material, with both the upper and the lining formed from kangaroo leather. This certainly gives the Lakes a luxurious feel, with the lining keeping my feet firmly in place, but the white outer developed some small folds which I thought seriously compromised the look.

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Verdict

Eye-wateringly expensive, the Lake CX402s certainly deliver when it comes to stiffness. However the trade-off with the super-stiff sole is a lack of comfort on longer rides, while folds in the leather compromise the look.

Details

Weight :287g (42.5)
Sizes Available:36-48.5
Fits Available:Men's, Men's Wide, Women's
Colours :White/Black, Red/Black, Black
Contact :www.todayscyclist.co.uk