Bicycling (South Africa) - - Gear Of The Year -

When it comes to shoes, Lake Cy­cling is one of the few spe­cial­ist cy­cling shoe com­pa­nies out there. On their top three mod­els, they now of­fer their on­line full cus­tomi­sa­tion process lo­cally. Yep, you can spec ma­te­rial, colour and soles from a va­ri­ety of op­tions… mak­ing you as pro as Sa­gan him­self.

The mod­els avail­able for cus­tomi­sa­tion aren’t cheap though. But the va­ri­ety is good: through­out the range, Lake have a wide range of colours and size curves avail­able. Any foot can find a home with four colour com­bi­na­tions, two width op­tions (nor­mal or wide) and 17 size com­bi­na­tions, from 39 to 47.

A wider toe box and front foot area pro­vides pro­tec­tion where it’s needed, but also keeps the dreaded hot foot at bay. Full-grain leather makes up the up­per sec­tions, with some mesh ven­ti­la­tion. Fit is con­sis­tent, thanks to dual Boa di­als and clo­sure laces.

One nifty de­tail is the ad­di­tion of mesh drainage holes fore and aft un­der­neath the car­bon soles – a boon on wet rides and river cross­ings.

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