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Old 05-31-13, 08:10 PM   #1
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How do you keep your feet dry?

First rainy commute this morning, and boy did it POUR for part of it. It felt like my shoes were literally filling up with water to the point of being mini foot swimming pools. Are there shoe covers or something else that will help keep water out of your shoes and socks?
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Shoes and socks stay safely dry at the office, sandals and feet get wet.
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diving boots during winter and crocs during summer
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I'm talking about while I'm commuting on my road bike with SPD pedals, cleats, and shoes. I need some way to keep the feet and inside of the shoes/socks dry.
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Rivendell splats. Super dorky, but they work.

http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/ar3.htm
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Booties, sold at almost any decent bike shop, a $25 neoprene pair will do the job.
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wow dorky is right haha, but the reviews speak highly of them.
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Shoe cover from MEC. Worked very well for me.
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Ugly bright yellow "nuke boot" shoe covers like these: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=latex+nuke+boots. My shoes are roughly US 10, Euro 45 and I use size XL nuke boots so they're easier to pull over my street shoes. The boots' height makes it easy to get very good coverage when combined with a pair of rain pants.
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It depends on how heavy the rain, whether or not you have fenders with a nice long mudflap on the front, and how long you're out in it. And if you've put your foot in a puddle at a red light.

At some point no matter how much "prevention" you throw at the issue, you'll get wet shoes, socks and feet. It's part of the deal, so get used to it.

So no matter what, you'll also need a plan to deal with wet shoes, socks and feet.

I don't have any sort of drying facilities at work, so I carry my second set of shoes for the ride home. I keep dry socks in my locker, along with a towel.

Once home, my old-school standing pilot light gas stove keeps the oven at 110F with the pilot light alone. Wet shoes go in there, and I remove the oven control knob so I don't accidentally bake or broil my shoes if I forget they're in there.

I don't know how frequently it rains in Memphis, or how often you commute in it, but guys who ride daily and live where it rains daily use SPD sandals. Just get wet, then dry off.

After all, it's only water.

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I don't worry about getting my shoes wet. I change at work and always have a extra pair of dry socks.
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In the summer I wear Keen sandals and I just get wet. Other times I wear Showers Pass Touring shoe covers. Not made for SPD. I'm afraid you'll have a tough time finding a shoe cover that will keep your feet totally dry. Most neoprene shoe covers are more for warmth than waterproofness. In the early spring and fall when the morning temps start to dip I use Louis Garneau shoe covers over the sandals to keep the feet warm. But they don't keep 'em dry. The only ones that I've experienced to keep the feet totally dry in a torrential downpour are the heavy duty ones from Showers Pass. They work great, but again, aren't made for SPD. Good luck in your search.
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Yeah I guess sandals would be better for the summer. Would look kinda funny with bike shorts and jersey tho haha. But we do get rainy days in the 30's F in winter so that would be more of a concern I think, if I keep up this commuting on through the winter. I just started commuting a couple weeks ago btw.
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Would look kinda funny
You're an adult on a bicycle. That alone makes you look funny to the general population. Trust me on this.
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Yeah I guess sandals would be better for the summer.
With Hawaiian shirt, straw hat and sunglasses. Perfect!
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Full length front fender with a long, wide mudflap.

I figure it keeps 90% of the water away from my feet.
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In the summer I wear Keen sandals and I just get wet. Other times I wear Showers Pass Touring shoe covers. Not made for SPD. I'm afraid you'll have a tough time finding a shoe cover that will keep your feet totally dry. Most neoprene shoe covers are more for warmth than waterproofness. In the early spring and fall when the morning temps start to dip I use Louis Garneau shoe covers over the sandals to keep the feet warm. But they don't keep 'em dry. The only ones that I've experienced to keep the feet totally dry in a torrential downpour are the heavy duty ones from Showers Pass. They work great, but again, aren't made for SPD. Good luck in your search.
They are not made for SPD is right however you can cut a hole the size of your cleats in the bottom of the covers. Works GREAT!
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These work well too.

http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/a...ub-shoe-covers
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Awning formed by my arms on the handlebars, while wearing my Cycle Rain Cape, works for me.


+ if it's raining when I start out, I put on my LL Bean Boots..

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I think the perfect wet weather cycling footwear really doesn't exist. Why don't cyclists wear waterproof footwear instead of neoprene booties or waterproof socks?
hiking footwear is too low and too well padded, supportive and heavy for cycling, we need an unpadded, waterproof upper that is high enough to fit under waterproof pants and whose only function is to be waterproof.
Cycling boots for rain seem to be cut too low, carry too much padding or too much insulation.
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I think the perfect wet weather cycling footwear really doesn't exist. Why don't cyclists wear waterproof footwear instead of neoprene booties or waterproof socks?
hiking footwear is too low and too well padded, supportive and heavy for cycling, we need an unpadded, waterproof upper that is high enough to fit under waterproof pants and whose only function is to be waterproof.
Cycling boots for rain seem to be cut too low, carry too much padding or too much insulation.
your skin is waterproof.
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Buy some waterproof over shoes. I plan to buy a pair soon, most likely a model made by Endura.

Both the Dexter and the Luminite fit both MTB and road shoes using different style cleats (off the product info).
http://www.endurasport.com/Dept.aspx?dept_id=107

I have cycling boots to handle cold and wet weather over the winter. But with warmer weather or when the forecast unexpectedly changes, an overshoe would be welcome insurance.

Last Tuesday, I was totally caught off guard and unprepared. Sunny skies heading to work turned into serious rain by my late night 14 mile commute home. The rain never stopped and it took several days to get the shoes dry.
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Buy some waterproof over shoes. I plan to buy a pair soon, most likely a model made by Endura.

Both the Dexter and the Luminite fit both MTB and road shoes using different style cleats (off the product info).
http://www.endurasport.com/Dept.aspx?dept_id=107

I have cycling boots to handle cold and wet weather over the winter. But with warmer weather or when the forecast unexpectedly changes, an overshoe would be welcome insurance.

Last Tuesday, I was totally caught off guard and unprepared. Sunny skies heading to work turned into serious rain by my late night 14 mile commute home. The rain never stopped and it took several days to get the shoes dry.
Shoe covers, even the ones I mentioned above and the suggestions you made make your feet sweat so it is like rain jackets.... they are good keeping the rain out but the sweat gets ya soaked.
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your skin is waterproof.
Having toured through days of heavy rain with wet shoes, I can tell you that feet are very vulnerable to being continuously damp. In the UK we know the condition as "trenchfoot".
My waterproof Sealskinz socks were overwhelmed after a while.
Sandals are one possible solution but I don't like riding in them.
For everyday commuting in wet, cool, temperate conditions it becomes a real hassle to add an extra layer of waterproof bootie on top of your existing footwear, just to cycle to the shops or pub.
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Having toured through days of heavy rain with wet shoes, I can tell you that feet are very vulnerable to being continuously damp. In the UK we know the condition as "trenchfoot".
My personal solution to "trenchfoot" is to wear highly breathable ventilator shoes and wool socks. Any water that gets in also gets out. And they dry very fast.
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