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Old 09-05-11, 04:01 PM   #1
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Winter cycling shoes?

What type of shoes would be best to wear for winter riding with toe clips? I want to use those on my winter bike, because I want a wider variety of shoes compared to clipless pedals, but I was curious what others wear for cycling in the cold. When I don't go clipless, I find myself most comfortable in skate-y shoes or cheap, basic sneakers because of the flexible sole. What would provide that flexibility, while still being water proof? I also want to be able to wear these shoes into work and school, because there's no point in not doing clipless if I have to change shoes...
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I use insulated hiking boots, I get them 1 size too big so I can wear two pairs of wool socks, it has kept me warm for the past 4 Canadian winters. In winter it's good to have your boot a little too big then too small, that way you can wear more then one pair of socks. Socks are very important too, make sure you go with wool.
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Footwear is really dependent on what kind of cold and conditions you ride in... my 3/4 felt pack boots work well with mtb clips and straps as well as half step pedals but I ride in colder temps than most.

In nicer winter weather I wear my touring shoes (clipless) and use shoe covers for an extra layer of protection / insulation and these will handle a heavier wool sock.

Waterproof hiking boots sound like they may be an ideal solution for a warmer and wetter climate.
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Waterproof hiking boots sound like they may be an ideal solution for a warmer and wetter climate.
That seems like a good solution.I actually have a couple pairs around the house. They're low tops, but wearing long socks (maybe over my pants) should help keep out snow, I guess.
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At one point last winter I consider buying a pair of large felt boot liners to wear over my clipless mountain shoes. My other notion was to get the largest pair of SPD sandals I could find and use felt liners, wool socks and water / wind proof shells to make extremely insulated footwear. I'm not sure either would have worked but they'd certainly have looked odd.
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I use insulated hiking boots, I get them 1 size too big so I can wear two pairs of wool socks, it has kept me warm for the past 4 Canadian winters. In winter it's good to have your boot a little too big then too small, that way you can wear more then one pair of socks. Socks are very important too, make sure you go with wool.
This is my first winter commuting, and I am happy to see that other people wear insulated hiking boots. I have a pair of light waterproof boots from LL Bean that I was planning on using this winter. Glad to know it's an idea that could work.
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This is the set-up that I've been using the last four years. A LL Bean Snow sneaker with a gaitor to keep out the cold and snow. The snow sneaker has worked great for me. It keeps the dogs warm down to around 5 degrees. I took the advice of getting a size larger to accomodate two pair of socks. I came up with the gaitor after my first winter. When the temps drop below 25f. I add those. They do great at keeping the cold out and preventing snow/frozen rain from leaking into the top. The snow sneakers fit great in toeclips. I have them pictured here to show off my homemade power grips that I switch to in winter to accomodate the NEOS overshoes when things get below zero. The newer version of the snow sneaker is supposedly waterproof. When these wear out I intend to get those.



NEOS Explorer's with the snow sneaker inside. Maximum warmth down to -30f (estimated).
My coldest was -14f.


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I love my Keens. They're waterproof and warm!
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