My NE Wisconsin commute is about 1 1/2 hours each way with snow, so I've resorted to bus racks through the best segments of the ride to allow my feet to thaw when temperatures drop. I've read about Neos Overshoes, larger cycling shoes, winter bike shoes and just don't have the cash. My pac boots are too big, heavy, and bulky for that long of a ride. I hate frozen feet! There is nothing like an online community to provide ideas, feedback, and reality checking on a project idea!
I keep thinking about the spare pack boot liners I've had for years and rarely use! I'm thinking of picking up a set of Tyvek booties to pull over them, and covering that with my neoprene booties. I ride on platforms in the snow.
Would you suggest something firm with a little traction under the heels and the balls of the feet, or do you think something stiff like a cycling shoe is needed on the platforms? I'm thinking of sacrificing a pair of approach hikers to slip inside the neoprene booties and under the Tyvek. They didn't keep my feet warm or dry in spite of being goretex, agravate my plantar fascitis when I walk in them, and the color is ugly. Perhaps I could cut the uppers off, use a belt sander to grind off some of the wedge to narrow them up for the booties, and duct tape the soles to the Tyvek booties where the neoprene booties cover the sole? There is plenty of room to put insoles inside the boot liners for support as well
Keep in mind, it must be cheap or I won't be able to afford my internet connection. I'm looking for ideas, critical thoughts, and encouragement.