So my toes are starting to get cold on the ride in to work and I am thinking of winter protection. Last year I wore a pair of Pearl Izumi neoprene booties and found them to be very warm even though they offer very little rain protection. The problem is that they are incredibly fragile and I literally wore them to shreds on the bottom in a couple of months even though I hardly ever put a foot down.
I don't want to spend more than $20 or so for a good foot solution this year so I am considering not wearing any booties and instead just wearing a waterproof sock and letting the shoe take the brunt of the weather. I should just admit right now that I am somewhat style conscious and am committed to clippless pedals so a big rubber overboot or heavy workboot is not something I am considering.
My question is.......How will letting the shoe be exposed to the rain/snow/muck/salt effect the longevity of the shoe? Will I be ok if I regularly clean the shoe with soapy water? I believe it is a leather or fake leather pearl izumi vagabond (old black and yellow version). How will repeated wetting/drying effect the wear of the shoe?