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Old 06-23-09, 08:15 PM   #1
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Shoes for commuting in the rain

The rain here this week has me bummed.

I'm wondering, as the weather warms up, what the best solution for commuting in the rain.

Today I wore light weight wool socks, Specialized MTB shoes and neopreme shoe covers. While this keeps the feet dry, it's going to be too hot once the summer really kicks in.

I know some people ride in sandals. What other options are there for shoes in the rain?
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Old 06-23-09, 09:06 PM   #2
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When I lived in Alabama, it was sandals from April to October. Shoes would just get wet and never really dry out, so they would become mold factories. Here in dry southern cal, I wear sandals year round. You can get some sandals that have a covered toe so your toes are a bit more protected than with a typical wide open toe sandal.
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my specialized ... they're the low end MTB shoes... have mesh vents in them. they're good without socks on. just go without socks.
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Sandals with wool socks. ;-)
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I wear a pair of Shimano biking sandals
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Sandals - with Sealskinz if your tootsies get too cold when wet.
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While you can get less hot covers than neoprene (Gore make some Goretex shoes covers) if you want your feet to stay dry you have to keep your legs dry (or water just runs down your leg into the shoe no matter what cover or shoe you're using). In order to keep your legs dry you have to use full length rain pants, plus a rain coat so water doesn't run down your back or front and through the pants. And in order to keep your uppper body dry you also have to keep your head dry...

I don't think there is a solution for keeping your feet dry in warm/hot weather - trust me, I've tried - with some expensive and "breathable" rain gear. Anything above 60 is just to hot even with the best gear (and once you're to hot, you sweat, yada yada you end up drenched in your own sweat).

I just can't figure out any way to keep the feet dry without overheating. I'm not sure it's possible.
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I wear leather shoes w/gaiters when it's cold,no gaiters when hot.
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I wear Sette Sandals, no socks
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I got used to having wet feet. It's not all that bad for an hour or two.
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While you can get less hot covers than neoprene (Gore make some Goretex shoes covers) if you want your feet to stay dry you have to keep your legs dry (or water just runs down your leg into the shoe no matter what cover or shoe you're using). In order to keep your legs dry you have to use full length rain pants, plus a rain coat so water doesn't run down your back or front and through the pants. And in order to keep your uppper body dry you also have to keep your head dry...
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I just can't figure out any way to keep the feet dry without overheating. I'm not sure it's possible.
Exactly - I have given up keeping my feet dry in the warm weather and wear sandals or "water shoes". I know the SealSkinz overcome the layered approach but they might be too warm and you still have a pair of soggy shoes that will start smelling.
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Regular road shoes and dry them.

Waterproof stuff in the fall and winter only.
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The rain here this week has me bummed.

I'm wondering, as the weather warms up, what the best solution for commuting in the rain.

Today I wore light weight wool socks, Specialized MTB shoes and neopreme shoe covers. While this keeps the feet dry, it's going to be too hot once the summer really kicks in.

I know some people ride in sandals. What other options are there for shoes in the rain?
Where is here? Same thing in the Boston area. I ride a beater mountain bike in the rain, and have ridden my road bike only about once in the past two weeks. Today was the first day this week I rode without rain pants. For my feet I wear Totes overshoes, the ankle high length. I have toeclips on the montain bike so I don't need to cut the sole out for clipless pedals. So far it's been in the 60's when I ride and have not been hot. Sometimes the ankle part of my socks gets wet from a gap between the rain pants and the top of the Tote.

I don't take my road bike with clipless pedals out in the rain but if I did, e.g. for a special road event, I have some heavy duty cyclindrical shaped plastic bags from a Bagel shop that I will wear inside my bike shoes to keep the feet dry.
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I can relate. I couldn't keep up drying routines and wound up using 5 different pairs of shoes; boots and sneakers this week.

One morning I put on some kayaking booties and TEVA sandals and thought this could work! But then I remembered I'm more of a closed toe kind of guy and so I wore my waterproof hiking boots.
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Lake sandals. Good rain or shine.
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