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Old 09-30-07, 11:37 AM   #1
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Shoe Covers that Don't Leak?

Can anyone recommend some good shoe covers that -really- do not leak? I don't want to go into this season unprepared again...
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Old 09-30-07, 02:36 PM   #2
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I've gone the neoprene socks and shimano sandals route (wear a thin sock under the neoprene). When on my platform pedal bikes, I'm using a produce bag (one of those thin kinds you get when you buy broccoli or apples at the store) over my socks but inside my shoes. Neither of these are great options if you have sweaty/smelly feet, but they work for short distances.

Now I'm experimenting with Tyvek envelopes...no great tests of this done yet, though.
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Old 09-30-07, 02:37 PM   #3
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Not covers, but I just picked up a set of these for $165. I will let you know how they work...
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165 bucks, would I rather have wet feet? Well, guess some cycling shoes I have bought come pretty close. I have some waterproof socks. You can walk on water and have dry feet. But they don't breath and are hot. Everything else I have tried has failed. Some says the plastic wrappers they wrap your newspaper in works best. ?
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I use waterproof work boots ($20) and platform pedals. The pedals I use in the winter are 'campus' pedals from Performance. SPD on one side, platform on the other.

If you're trying to find waterproof shoe covers to cover your clipless bike shoes.... Well... HOW?? Turn your shoes over... see the holes in the bottom? If you cover those (make them waterproof) how are you going to clip in?

So... get a pair of waterproof riding shoes (Like those above) or get waterproof boots and ride with platforms.

Another thing that would probably help a lot is fenders with whatever you have now... They would stop any water from being splashed up from the road to hit the bottoms of your pedals/shoes where those holes are.
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Old 09-30-07, 03:54 PM   #6
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You're in search of a Holy Grail.

My absolute cold, slushy, downpour setup is:

Nashbar Windproof Bootie
Plastic bag
Nashbar Neoprene Bootie
Lake or Answer Boot
Plastic bag
Wool sock
Neoprene sock
Thin wool sock

Walking about get kinda funny, I feel like I'm wearing concrete overshoes.

But I stay nice and dry.
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Old 10-01-07, 10:17 AM   #7
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If it is not cold weather, how about wearing flip flops in rain ? I am a very new cyclist so consider this as a question rather than a suggestion
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Average Seattle winter morning commute: Mid to upper 30s, rain, puddles all over the road.

I use Bellwether No-Aqua booties. They're not waterproof, but nothing you get as an overshoe is going to be. There's always the cleat opening on the bottom, and some seal issues around the ankle. The No-Aquas are water-resistant 1mm neoprene lined with microfleece to keep your toes all toasty warm. I wear rain/wind pants that overlap the tops of the booties so water doesn't run down into them, and just a regular pair of DeFeet socks is enough to keep warm even when it was 16 degrees last winter.
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