Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes

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Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes
The Lake CX236 Road Cycling Shoes have that carbon sole you need for peak performance, plus they're racing light, and designed for rider comfort. Full grain leather uppers and mesh work with a vented heel to give you comfort, cooling, and moisture expulsion. Plus, a heel mounted BOA closure secures the perfect fit for performance and comfort.
  • Full grain leather upper is breathable and comfy
  • Mesh in upper and vented heel let air flow throughout the shoe
  • Lake Race 100% Carbon Fiber Sole is racing stiff
  • Slimline sole keeps stack height down for greater efficiency
  • Heel mounted BOA Push/Pull Closure system with powerzone in the forefoot
Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes
  • WEIGHT 520g pair (claimed)
  • MATERIAL (SOLE/UPPER) Carbon fiber/Leather/Mesh
  • CLEAT COMPATIBILITY 3-bolt
  • CLOSURE/STRAPS BOA Push/Pull Closure system with powerzone
  • Rating 4.5
  • Catalog Item 2

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Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (25)
  • Durable (14)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (24), Competitive cyclist (6)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (19), Comfort oriented (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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5.0

great shoes

By Dave

from Minnepolis MN

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

    Shoes are very comfortable and also perform well with stiff carbon soles. I added a foot insert to support my higher arches. Light weight durable and an improvement over previous pair. I would recommend to anyone looking for an affordable performance based shoe.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Look good, feel good

    By Matt

    from State College, PA

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Get Dirty Quick
    • Toe Construction

    Best Uses

    • Racing
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

    I regret buying white due to the fact that it gets dirty easily and looks a bit gaudy. These are some of the comfiest road shoes I've worn with the boa dialsystem and actual padding around the ankle while still maintaining a pretty light weight for their price. My only gripe is the excessive venting especially on top of the toes that makes the overall
    look a little less solid/sleek.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    nice shoes comfortable and good price and quality

    By Joe

    from Hayward, Wi

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

      road biking

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      What an upgrade!

      By MR

      from Daniels, WV

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

        Watch the sizing on these shoes, almost 2 sizes smaller for me. Use the sizing chart and the template. Nice roomy toe box that works well for me. The tighten on the fly BOA system is the Bomb!

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great show but go small.

        By OMR

        from Salt Lake City, Utah

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

            They run very large, specifically in the toe box. My street shoe size is 10.5 (44.5 Euro) but ordered a 10 (44) to compensate for stretch (they're leather) and they were enormous. I sent them back and ordered a size 9 (43 Euro) and they are almost perfect. Still slightly roomy but the Boa cranks down to compensate.
            I've ridden them about 200 miles, mostly Wasatch Canyons and they are very nice. Vey stiff compared to my old shoes (Specialized, non-carbon) and I feel the energy transfer while climbing. Great shoe but go small.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great shoe for the price!

            By DraughtCyclist

            from Burlington, NC

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

              Use these for road exclusively... put the low-end Shimano shoes I was previously using to shame! There was a noticeable reduction in lost power to the drivetrain on the first ride. I'm a heavier rider (220) and I could feel the spring in my stroke when I was laying down more power.

              In addition, the Boa system was a HUGE upgrade from the ratchets I was use to. Much easier to put on/take off. Doesn't hurt that I get complements on the looks either! Would definitely buy again.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Wide Toe Box

              By cyclintom

              from San Leandro, CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Hard to find

              Best Uses

              • Extreme Sports
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

              Fresh out of the box I went on a hard metric plus century and for the first time in years finished without being almost a cripple from toe pain.

              I suppose if you have narrow toes you can get away with other shoes but I have narrow heals and wide ball and toes and have always had poor fit with road shoes though MTB shoes tend to be OK because of the very strong sole preventing flex.

              But I'll use nothing but Lake from now on.

              The size is proper but this may not feel right on people with narrow feet.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Sizing Off

              By Kevin B

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Sized Too Big

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

              Normally a size 9.5 fits me just right. Due to other buyer's complaints I ordered the size 43 which, according to the sizing chart, should be a size 9. But, these are at least a half size too big, maybe even a full size. The heel cup is deep, and when you tighten the sizing knob, it pulls your foot backward into the heel cup, as it should, but that's leaving me with at least 3/4" of space in front of my big toe.

              Unfortunately, I wore these a few times before I noticed how far off the sizing was, so I can't return them....but be forewarned. Other than the sizing they are nice shoes for the price

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best fit ever

              By Donjfarr

              from Rockaway Township, NJ

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Closure System
              • FIT
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Biking

                Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

                I have gone through so many shoes for all top brands (Adidas, Giro, Shimano, SIDI) and have found a show that feels right...until now.
                I am an avid and fairly strong road rider and these fit the bill perfectly at a extremely good price. I may buy a second pair just so I have them when the first eventually wear out.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nice Shoe, But...

                By D'Anthony

                from Montana

                About Me Competitive Cyclist

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Strange Design Decisions

                Best Uses

                • Road Biking

                Comments about Lake CX236 Carbon Road Shoes:

                I've been a Sidi guy for 15 years but finally decided to cheat on my Sidis, and these Lakes looked like a bargain (and they are!). They're nicely made of soft leather with an excellent boa closure and have light/stiff/beautiful carbon soles. They're actually incredibly light shoes all-around, particularly given their unusual bulk/size (more on that later). But these shoes definitely have problems, some of which are compared directly to Sidi, some are general issues. First, these shoes are HUGE, and not just that they're sized big. My 46 Sidis are a tiny but tight, but the Lake 46 left me at least a 1/2" extra length and much more toebox space - I'm likely a 45 or even a 44.5 in Lake. They're also just gigantic overall - holding them next to my 46 Sidi Genius 5 the Lakes look like a 52, particularly in the big bulky heal cup area that occasionally hit my crank under hard efforts. They're also "tall" in profile due to the strange 2-level carbon sole. My Sidi soles are one level of nylon, but the lakes look like a carbon sole with a smaller second carbon sole bulging down from the cleat area. This forced me to raise both my saddle and bars to get back to the same riding position (annoying). There are also issues with the sole design for those of us that like our cleats farther back on the shoe - the back inside corner of my Time cleat actually hung off by A LOT, so it was cantilevered off and unsupported by the sole. The extra carbon mini sole bulge is also very curved in profile so my Time cleats were distorted into a more rounded profile when bolted on which made clicking in and out much, much, much harder with the Lakes. The Lakes also don't have much tongue relief (i.e. a split in the tongue to relieve the bite/cut into the front shin/foot tendon), so they bite uncomfortably into that tendon, which is made worse because the boa had to be ratcheted down uncomfortably tight to minimize heal lift due to the huge, spacious heal area (maybe that's because they were 1-size or so too big for me, maybe it is a general problem, but either way the tongue bite is there). In the end, even with these issues I was still sufficiently impressed with the light weight and amazing stiffness to exchange for a 45. Unfortunately at the time it was one of the only sizes no longer available in black. Then again, maybe it's for the best...

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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