Lake CX403 road shoes: long term review

Excellent race day shoes for optimum power transfer. Just don't wait for a bus in them.

Lake CX403 shoes reviewed
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Lake's CX403 road shoes have seemingly made it impossible for me to want to wear any other cycling shoes. They provide a firm hold of the foot, and that results in a feeling of seamless power transfer like no other. I did find them painful when off the bike, but then, they're not meant for standing still in.

Reasons to buy
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    Heat moulding really does work

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    Foot stays planted during efforts

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    Stiff sole for power transfer

Reasons to avoid
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    Painful when standing

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After over a year of wearing the Lake CX403s as my go-to cycling shoes, I have decided it is high time I update this review (first published September 2021). You see, after concerted use, I've come to the conclusion that my initial rating of 4/5 was simply unfair.

Current opinion: the Lake CX403 road shoes are the best cycling shoes I've ever worn.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.