Lake CX402 cycling shoes

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

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  • Seriously stiff sole
  • Heat moldable fit


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

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  • 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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    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.


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