Awesome stiff sole, super comfy if....
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Size Bought: 40
...you don't have ANY bunion or protrusion on EITHER side of your foot. Lakes designed the ventilation ports exactly on the sides of the human foot where there is a joint (1st and 5th MTPs)...dumb...they need to have a women check out their ideas before final stage of design. I felt the edge of the leather of these large vents. As a female with a lower volume foot and heel, I also got some heel slip. Had I kept them, I would have tried to custom form the heel after heating as one can apparently do with this shoe.
Also, the upper is lined with foam covered with mesh. Why have a stiff sole when the upstroke feels a bit squishy (as if you have a really thick sock on)?
I like something firmer against my upstroke as well as the stiff sole. Would be a good cool weather shoe though, especially with toe covers. I so wanted to love these because the BOA IP1s are SO easy to use...even with long-fingered gloves!
Oh...and Lake's sizing chart is funky: I measure almost 26 mm in length and the 40 is a perfect fit (I don't like a lot of extra room in the toe length).
They literally used Sonya Looney in their design process. She’s a professional cyclist who happens to have foot issues, including bunions.