A mix of laces

My narrow, finicky feet have led me to believe that this is an acceptable tradeoff, though. All in all, for the low price, this versatile cycling shoe is a great value. To quote my husband, "Look at all that stuff!" It doesn't interfere with walking-in fact, it provides a bouncy, cushion with great traction-and it helps protect your cleats by keeping them off the ground. And the fiberglass-and-nylon sole is plenty stiff for pedaling power.

They're also comfortable. I haven't been lucky enough to actually tour in these shoes yet, but the sole has proven stiff enough for great power transfer on shorter rides, and the upper, a mix of real and synthetic leathers and mesh, feels good.

Lake calls this a touring shoe, and it's well suited to that task. More importantly, it looks, as my 10-year-old said, "Cooool," so as you pedal and walk through new lands, you won't look dorky. Functionally the shoe is outstanding for a variety of riding. It has huge piece of rubber on the heel and in a horseshoe shape around the cleat.The closure system is a mix of laces and hook and loop straps; I've found, in four years with a higher-end Lake shoe, that this offers a great fit, because you can adjust both the laces and the straps infinitely to your liking. The only drawback: the laces sometimes snag on the hook-and-loop, leading to a tangle.

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