Do you have a spare 15 minutes?
Because that's how long it takes to transform the Lake CX402 into the most comfortable pair of cycling shoes you've ever owned. Lake call the CX402 "the ultimate road shoe" and if you've been searching for a custom fit shoe then the Lake CX402 may well be the Holy Grail of comfortable performance cycling shoes.
What makes the CX402 so good?
The entire shoe can be heat moulded in your oven to create a literally custom fit for your individual foot shape. This means a fit for your feet and only your feet. The initial fit before heat treatment can seem quite tight around the heel, but this is an intentional feature of Lake's design. The heel softens after a brief heating process in a domestic oven so that it will wrap around your heel during the cooling process. The result is nothing short of astounding. The heel grips so well that there is far less need to have a tight fitting around the tongue area of the shoe, which in turn reduces the chance of "hot spots" produced by excessively tight strap tightening around the dorsum of the foot. The shoe can be remoulded as neccessary to allow for changes in foot size or even thicker winter socks! Unlike some other manufacturers mouldable shoes the Lake system really does work to provide a shoe that will fit you as only a true custom fit shoe can do.
How does it perform in the real world?
The ride after heat moulding is nothing short of incredible. The stiffness and shape of the sole connect you to the pedal like nothing else and gives a superb fliud motion that makes pedalling both easier and more powerful. The heel gripped the foot so well and made such a difference that it was hard to believe that anyone ever produced a shoe without this feature. After years of tightening the straps to achieve a tight fit it was a revelation to find out how much grip and comfort a custom fitted heel can make.
This shoe really is a game changer. In a world of incremental change it's refreshing to find a true leap forward.
Custom Fit Carbon
BOA - Closure System is a micro-cable closure system provides a fine-tunable, evenly-distributed closure that eliminates pressure points & hot spots. It is the first mechanical system to meet Lake's exacting standards. Boa is a registered trademark of Boa Technology Inc.
Outlast - SmartFabric Technology uses microencapsulated Phase Change Material (mPCM), which works on a microscopic level to maintain a constant skin temperature. This acts as a buffer against the extreme temperatures generated during high activity. The result is cooler or warmer depending on your body’s need, drier, less sweaty, more comfortable feet.
K-Lite kangaroo leather - for Lake by Packer Leather, is the lightest, strongest & most durable natural leather. It utilises multiple surface treatments to better protect & increase the comfort of your feet. Duratek treatment strengthens the leather & protects it from abrasion, & Microblok antimicrobial treatment renders the leather uninhabitable to microbes & germs.
The CX402 is the successor to Lake's highly regarded CX401 and keeps the unique K-Lite Kangaroo Leather and 100% carbon mouldable sole. The BOA closure mechanism has been vastly improved by the use of 2 power reels and strap instead of a single BOA reel and a strap, but othewise the CX402 has stayed true to a design that has been described by bikeradar.com/au as "beautifully crafted, supple uppers with an aggressive sole" (4 out of 5 stars). In fact the CX401 is so good that Lake have kept it on as part of their Custom Program which offers consumers the oppurtunity to design their own shoe in a range of custom colours.
Dutch company Lake have been producing cycling shoes for more than 30 years and have always been innovators. Lake were the 1st to develop a MTB specific shoe, the 1st Cyclocross specific shoe with replaceable spikes, 1st (& still only real) Winter cycling boot, 1st to introduce custom shoe program, and in 2005 Lake were the 1st to introduce a heat mouldable carbon production cycling shoe. All of Lake's considerable experience and technical expertise has culminated in the CX402, a true custom heat mouldable carbon shoe that is at the apex of modern cycling shoe technology and design.
A word of warning though. The Lake CX402 does require heat mouding to produce a comfortable fit. Without heat treatment this shoe will not realise it's full potential and will be unlikely to be comfortable. So if the heat moulding process seems to be a little too excessive then we suggest trying a different shoe. Cutting edge innovation and technical comfort are not for everyone. But if you're willing to follow Lake's heat moulding method then you can look forward to a phenomonal level of comfort and performance.
Outsole - Custom Fit Carbon Fiber sole,available in a 3-hole or Speedplay specific cleat pattern for use without adapters. Replaceable heel strike pad.
Upper - Klite Kangaroo leather & mesh upper with Perforated Kangaroo leather lining.
Closure - Dual Side mounted Push/Pull BOA L5 lacing system with releasable lace guides