LAKE MX85 shoes, £79.99,

Lake has been producing shoes for pretty much every cycling discipline for the last 30 years and the MX85 is one of its most popular models. It’s primarily designed for mountain biking, but many people happily use it for recreational riding, touring or commuting.

The upper’s a mix of leather panels and mesh, which certainly aids breathability on balmy Spring days like we’ve enjoyed recently. The rugged rubber outsole gives excellent grip whenever you need to walk or carry your bike, especially over cobbles or rock slabs, and it also ensures you don’t go flying on the polished wood floor of your local café either. There’s a ‘two-hole’ attachment for SPD cleats.

Closure is by way of three Velcro straps and these can be easily adjusted while you’re riding along. If they get caked in mud we found the strap closures less secure, so you need to keep them clean. Overall fit is quite generous and our mid-to-narrow footed tester found them plenty roomy enough to wear with a waterproof or thicker winter sock. However, should the standard width not be sufficient for you, Lake produces a wider (EE) version; there’s a women’s option as well.

The fibreglass-injected nylon midsole is much stiffer than your average recreational cycling shoe, which means that your pedalling efforts are more efficient; the bottom of your foot doesn’t get too sore after long days in the saddle either, which is very welcome on off-road marathons.

Available in black or black/silver; sizes 39-48 men's (regular and wide), and 36-43 women’s. Jon C

PROS Subtle, well featured
CONS Not waterproof, so pair with Sealskins in winter