You should be able to find some of the older Shimano carbon shoes for that price. They were the official shoe of cross a couple of years ago. The newer shoes have a lot less tread and don't seem to be as popular. I'm told that will be addressed for 09.
I'm glad you mentioned the Lake mx165, I had planned on checking them out and completely forgot about them. I like the Northwaves, though I've read that they run a kind of wide and I have very narrow feet. It sounds like I'd have the same problem with the Adidas shoes.
narrow feet too? lake's laces are the perfect solution with laces, just a bit heavy. northwaves, on the tightest setting, fit me okay too though. shimanos fit me fine. specialized has in the past long time ago.
These Lake's have carbon soles, are custom moldable, and are really the perfect racing shoe. At that price they're a steal. I've been racing them in cross and mountain for about 8 months and have zero complaints. They size about a half size big (a Sidi 42 fits me like a glove and a Lake 42 is a half size too big.)
Great suggestions. I'm pretty sure I'll go with some version of a Lake shoe, seems like they'll fit best. Both the mx165 and the mx400 look great. I just need to decide if I want to pony up the extra $$ to buy the 400's. Thanks.