Iï¿½ve been dealing with Mortonï¿½s Neuroma in one foot. These shoes have been godsend with their wider toe box. They are very well made, plenty stiff and supportive. Use Lakeï¿½s foot measurement system to get the correct size.
I tried the Specialized Ares shoe first and it was nice but too narrow for my feet with a perfect length. The Lake CX238 has a nice stiff and light carbon sole and fits my slightly wider foot (age 61 cyclist) with just enough room for thicker socks if I want to wear them. The two BOA ratcheting knobs on each shoe let you micro-adjust tightness in each direction (tighten or loosen). These shoes are super comfortable for rides up to 6 hours. My only slight complaint is that I do feel a bit of tightness from the uppermost tightening wire on my right foot when I am climbing and pedaling hard out of the saddle. They are still five star shoes to me. I used the Lake shoe sizing guide on their website to choose after measuring my feet on a sheet of paper as they recommend.
These are incredibly comfortable cycling shoes. While I purchased these on sale, they are absolutely worth the full price. I purchased these since I needed to finally replace my Time road pedal system. I had been using Carnac shoes(now extinct). Those were pricey in their time and were made of Kangaroo leather. I never thought I'd find shoes as conforming as those, but these Lake shoes likely surpass them. The leather upper in these shoes is soft and conforming, with a wider toe area than Sidis. The 2 BOA laces give ample adjustablity and fit. I have bunions that are no problem for these shoes. These shoes have a decent arch built in, but I still use my orthotics and have no issues with heel slide. I got the appropriate size by following the instructions on the Lake website. I recommend putting mink oil type leather protector on these to help protect the leather in the event you get caught in any wet weather. I am unsure of the overall durability of the leather, but as long as I get a few years use I'll be grateful. Time will tell.
I bought these to replace a pair of CX 237s which were nice shoes, but had a couple of flaws or limitations. First, the boa closure on the 237 model did not have the micro adjust in the reverse (loosening) direction, the 238 has the micro-adjustable boa closure. The 237 also had a leather liner. Over the time I've had them this liner has cracked and torn from getting wet and then drying out, repeatedly. I never had that issue with other shoes, but it was what caused me to replace them. The 238 fixed this issue by making the liner synthetic. Other improvements are the toe and heal guards to reduce the likelihood of scuffing the leather. The shoe is vey comfortable, particularly if you like a roomy toe box like I do. The sole is a nice, stiff carbon sole.
Overall, Lake took a good shoe with good value for the money and made it quite a bit better! I'm very happy with it and highly recommend it.
The leather uppers are soft and compliant and fit like a glove. The double boa set up is a slightly pricey upgrade, but worth wild for the adjustability that it provides.
This shoe is very comfortable and fits well. I wear a size 47 in Lake and it was true to size as per their size chart (i.e. size 13+shoe in U.S. ). I have put in about 1000 miles or so finding it comfortable with winter socks as well.
This was purchased after finding the newer Specialized shoes too tight around the rear of the foot at the ankle joint area.
Love the comfort of these shoes. The fit is accurate. I have not ventured outside of Shimano until this pair of road shoes being the fifth pair in ten years
Very nice pair of shoes that fit real well and feel great, maybe not the trendiest shoes you've ever seen, but do the job nicely!