Do the Lake MX333 shoes take gravel footwear comfort to a whole new level?

We take the Dutch company's updated, top-tier MX series shoes out on the gravel for a thorough test

Lake MX333 gravel shoes
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Good for pottering about or racing, with the MX333 Lake has once again produced supreme comfort and performance in one package. So good has been my experience I’m thinking of putting SPD pedals on my road bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent fit

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Reasons to avoid
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    High price tag

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    Lack of colour options

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While they are not to everyone’s taste style-wise, Lake shoes have been the go to shoe for the wide of foot for years. These MX333s are the company’s top off-road shoes, an evolution of the 332s and, like their predecessors, have a road version with the CX333 also released at the start of this year.

I tested the CX332 road shoe as part of a three-way wide fit test a few years back and rated them very highly for performance and comfort. However, even then the 332s were looking dated. The 333s have received a comprehensive makeover, with a new closure system further improving comfort and fit. And I think they look pretty good too.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.

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