Lake TX212 Cycling Shoes (£89.99)
Cedric says: These are the new entry-level triathlon shoe from the respected Dutch company who specialise in natural leather cycling shoes. Though they are designed for triathletes, they will please regular cyclists too, especially when comfort is a priority.
The large Velcro strap means these shoes are really easy to put on and take off, whether on or off the bike, so they'll help ensure transitions are quick and trouble-free. The fit is rather on the wide side and will suit most types of feet, which is never obvious when dealing with cycling shoes.
Comfort is also high on the agenda. I went on a six-hour sockless ride in these, straight out of the box, and they felt great. Though not especially light (375g, size 11), they do feel light; in fact you almost forget you’re wearing them - always a good sign.
They are well-ventilated, breathable, dry quickly and are equipped with a Trek-Dry antimicrobial liner. The outsole (three-hole and optional SPD compatible) could admittedly do with more stiffness and a better power transfer efficiency, but this is what the next model up the line (TX312) is for, and to be honest, this will only matter to those looking for the ultimate performance shoe.
For the casual triathlete looking for comfort and ease of use, this model is a win-win. Plus the fiberglass-injected nylon sole means they will resist wear-and-tear well.
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