Lake CX403 road shoes review

With a kangaroo leather upper, heat mouldable carbon fibre soles and carbon fibre fabric, there’s no other shoe on the market quite like the Lake CX403

Lake CX403 Road Cycling Shoe
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A solid shoe with a handcrafted feel that’s perfect for big power and long days. As long as you aren’t after a slipper-like shoe, it’s hard to go wrong.


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    Heat mouldable as many times as you'd like

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    Gorgeous colour options

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    Custom designs available

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    Ultra-stiff outsole


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    Not enough toe protection from tyre rub

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Lake is an American brand that's been in the industry since 1982. Almost 40 years in the cycling industry is the kind of experience that few brands can match. It's enough time to watch the rise and fall of trends and certainly enough time for a company to find focus. For Lake, that focus is on fit. 

In search of the perfect fit, Lake has seven different shoe lasts. That's a level of dedication, some might call obsession, that's unheard of among cycling shoe brands. Not only do the seven different shoe lasts exist but details are proudly displayed on the Lake website. There's not only a dedication to the perfect fit but along the way Lake involves, and empowers, the customer in the process. 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx