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Old 10-10-08, 09:07 AM
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Winter Cycling Shoes - No Leather?

Hi everyone,

The winter season is approaching and I am looking to get some clipless shoes suitable for a crisp Canadian winter. Unfortunately (?) I am one of those vegetarians and try to avoid leather/animal products...it makes it difficult to find shoes in general, let alone cycling shoes. If anyone knows of a good, warm, durable shoe without leather and such, please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated.

As always, low price is a bonus

Thanks for your help!
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You can always use your regular shoes and slip some neoprene booties over them. It's cheaper than a new pair of shoes, but it's probably a pain to get them on and off.

When winter comes, I swap my clipless for platform pedals and Powergrips. Sure, it's not nearly as connected, but it's good enough and I can wear my winter boots.
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Originally Posted by trelhak View Post
You can always use your regular shoes and slip some neoprene booties over them. It's cheaper than a new pair of shoes, but it's probably a pain to get them on and off.
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That's going to be the easiest way to avoid leather, because all the winter cycling boots I've seen use a leather outer.
Booties aren't difficult to get on/off, either. I use them because I'm too cheap to spend $250 on a pair of expensive winter cycling boots.
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The Specialized and Sidi winter shoes aren't leather - though neither are probably up to a canadian winter either - at least not without a supplemental cover.
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I choose platform pedals for winter. I like to wear my normal winter boots when it's cold, for various reasons. I doubt I could even fit warm socks and good winter insoles in my regular SPD shoes.

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I also switch to platform shoes for winter. Of course, I go ahead and wear boots made from what's pretty arguably the best material available for the purpose, and would be harvested and thrown away anyway if it weren't used for shoes...
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Lorica and Tektile are 2 synthetic leathers used in cycling shoes. They tend to soak up less water and dry quicker, easier and with less shrinkege than the real thing.
I would 3rd the idea of ditching clipless altogether, the cleat backplate is a big heat-sink. You can use powergrips, lose toeclips (tight ones can be dangerous) or plain platforms.
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Old 10-10-08, 03:32 PM
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With Powergrips you could even use snow board boots.

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+1 on the Power Grips. I used them with winter overshoes for 12 years.
I tried the BMX pedals last winter and liked them. I also got a pair of Sidi winter shoes last
spring. I haven't had a chance to try them out yet.
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what kind of "Canadian winter" are we talking about?

I live in Winnipeg. In the winter, I switch to platform pedals with metal studs, and use a pair of -45c columbia (non leather) winter boots. They're cut more like hiking boots, so my ankles and legs have more range of motion. I find that with a pair of wool socks, My feet stay toasty warm through -40c
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Have any of you northern cousins tried pack boots? I have a pair of -40, but I haven't tried them
on my bike.
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The -40 pac boots are Sorels. Not till I got home that I noticed the little tag in the boots.
Made in Vietnam. Now I call them my cold weather jungle boots.
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I have been using the Northwave celsius shoe for the last 3 winters in NY. Works great for me, and there is no leather. The sole is very stiff, so good for riding, but not great for walking around in all day. They are waterproof and warm.

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I think many companies that sell "Winter gear" really don't understand what winter is up here. I've tried tights, gloves and jackets all sold as being for winter, and they don't stand up at all to winter in my area.
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Exustar winter from MEC...nuff said.

Some folks use 'em down to -20 degrees Celsius with thick socks no problem. They're $75CAD.
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Originally Posted by trelhak View Post
You can always use your regular shoes and slip some neoprene booties over them.
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Check out the Sugoi Resistors; they are marked down to $35 at REI
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Originally Posted by trelhak View Post
You can always use your regular shoes and slip some neoprene booties over them.
Plus neoprene booties will keep your inner boot pretty well protected from salt spray.
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Check out the Sugoi Resistors; they are marked down to $35 at REI
Yes, but do they fit over sidi mtb shoes?
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Thanks!

Thank you for your replies. I may give this powergrip business a shot, it seems to be by far the most popular and affordable solution. Hopefully their performance/ease of use is comparable to clipless pedals.
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