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Old 12-01-10, 02:04 PM   #1
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How to insulate my foot from the cleat

Hi,

The snow is here in London, and I'm nice and warm except for the toes of my feet. This is because my cleats just sap all the warmth away. When feeling the inside of my shoes when I get home they are bitterly cold just over the cleat. I have put newspaper in there to try to get some insulation but it hasn't worked that well (didn't really expect it to, but it was free!)

Does anyone have any tips on how to keep my toes warm? I'm using overshoes and get no wind chill - just heat loss via the cleat. The shoes are fairly snug fitting, and I don't really want to get new ones just for winter.

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Aerogel-insulated insoles may help, provided you can find ones that are not thicker than your existing insoles.
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Old 12-01-10, 03:07 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good plan, thanks. Will buy a pair
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Hi,

The snow is here in London, and I'm nice and warm except for the toes of my feet. This is because my cleats just sap all the warmth away. When feeling the inside of my shoes when I get home they are bitterly cold just over the cleat. I have put newspaper in there to try to get some insulation but it hasn't worked that well (didn't really expect it to, but it was free!)

Does anyone have any tips on how to keep my toes warm? I'm using overshoes and get no wind chill - just heat loss via the cleat. The shoes are fairly snug fitting, and I don't really want to get new ones just for winter.

Thanks

Daven
Aluminum furnace tape to cover the holes then some kind of insole over that. The furnace tape reflects a bit of the heat from your feet as well as closes the drafts.
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Aerogel-insulated insoles may help, provided you can find ones that are not thicker than your existing insoles.
A popular brand is Toasty Feet.
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Old 12-02-10, 09:59 AM   #6
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Old-fashioned wool felt insoles are great for insulation. Also, make sure that your shoe is not too tight with all the added layers.

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Old 12-02-10, 01:01 PM   #7
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Cork insoles also insulate well.
If you want good winter footwear there is no substitute for a larger size to let your socks expand.
Neoprene booties are another solution, they have the insulation outside the shoe.
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I intend to give these a try as soon as possible:

http://www.rei.com/product/807075

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Just ordered some Toasty Feet insoles. Will report back
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