Kyle Morganwrote a review of Lake CX 237 Wide Cycling Shoe - Cycling - Men's on July 10, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have the usual path to Lake shoes - trying to find something that fits! Prior to Lakes I have used DMT Radials and Northwave Exteeme 3V. The Radials actually fit - when I was a rock climber and practiced unnatural foot binding. Since switching from Backcountry.com to CompetitiveCyclist.com my feet have splayed out more and caused those shoes to become torture devices. The Northwaves I had heard were wide, but they were not enough (they sure were light!).
Onto the Lakes - I fumbled a bit with the size chart. In speaking with Lake they told me I'd be fine in size 44.5 based on my foot length but my big toe painfully touched the form toe cap. I went up a full size to 45 and it was bliss for foot width and toes. However, heel retention was horrid. I had to build up the heel with some heel anti slip gels and nah get my podiatrist to help me build up the tongue/heel a bit more. That being said, cinched down, they don't move. They are stiff and responsive, especially under high power puncheur style climbs.
I have not had any more corns or blisters from rub on the outside. The breathability is not great - my feet can get quite warm, but seeing as I am in northern Canada this is a problem for two months.
CC was great with the returns (even with the hassle of Canada/US) and I am happy with these shoes - a great compromise on comfort/power transfer and performance. Now to save up for the MX for cross.