Lake CX190 road shoes review

Great fit and comfort, slightly marred by a niggly buckle

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£90.00 RRP
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Our review

Classy shoes with plenty of features, spoilt by frustrating buckle closure
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The fit and comfort of these shoes has proved excellent, aided by a broader than average toe box. The glass fibre injected nylon sole might be a poor man’s carbon but it certainly delivers in terms of stiffness and power transfer.

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However, the ‘micro step’ buckle on the test sample tried my patience, refusing to release sufficiently to allow my foot in (much to my wife’s amusement). Perseverance revealed how precise a fit could be achieved, yet I still failed to master adjustment on the fly.

The classy silver/black colour scheme looks contemporary, with good detailing including sturdy scuff guards around the heel. Leather/mesh uppers are mated to soles drilled for both Look and SPD fittings, although I miss the additional security offered by lace and Velcro closure.

In wet conditions I was surprised at how dry my feet remained, and the uppers are very easy to care for – a quick wipe over with a damp cloth keeps them looking pretty.

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Road shoes have become uniformly good to the point where it can be difficult to distinguish between brands. At £90 these shoes ain’t cheap, but they pack in a fair bit of technology for the money.

Product Specifications

Product

Name CX190 road shoes
Brand Lake

Available Colours Black/Silver
Fastening Type Buckle Velcro
Shoe Type Road
Shoe Compatibility Look SPD
Shoe Sizes Available 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
Sole Type Nylon / Glass Reinforced
Uppers Material Leather Mesh Covering