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Old 10-13-09, 08:57 PM
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Good winter shoes for wet commutes?

I ride around 16 miles round trip on my commute. The last few weeks in Dallas Texas have been quit wet. I was hoping to see what rocomendations are out there for a good pair of shoes for my commute. I was hoping there was something out there that does not hold so much water for obvious reasons (being uncomfortable, drying quiter ect...) Right now i have an old raleigh bike from the 80's so I am just using the regular pedals. I am working on getting a new bike when that happens i will have clipless pedals.

Any recomendations would be appreciated.
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Old 10-14-09, 12:07 AM
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I'd would like to know too. Thanks for asking the question.
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Old 10-14-09, 12:22 AM
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If you have SPD pedals, I really like Specialized BG Defroster boots. They are pretty warm - if it's over 50 degrees they are a little bit too warm to wear - but for rain under 50 degrees they are great. With extra socks I've been very comfy in long, soaking rain storms, and in temperatures down to 25.

For platfrom pedals, I've not found anything I love. I have used some Goretex Vasquez hiking boots, and they're warm and waterproof, but too heavy. And they slipped around too much on the pedals.

But the Specialized boots are great.
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Old 10-14-09, 01:02 AM
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Hedgehog GTX XCR or buy a pair of Rocky Gore-Tex Socks and wear whatever shoes you want.
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Old 10-14-09, 03:31 AM
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In warm rain you can wear almost anything. I have a pare of Keen water/hiking sandals that work great. I know people who swear by their crocs. I pair of think, stiff, sandals or flip flops that dont hold water. Wooden clogs?

For cold weather I just wear a pair of gators with regular cold weather walking shoes. The gators cover my whole foot and all the way up to just below my knee. Let me go check the brand....They are called Activa and they keep my feet very warm. I cant find a website for them. I also use them with platform pedals though they can be used for clipless too.
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Old 10-14-09, 03:40 AM
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overshoes are really good. My cycling shoes just let all water in! But once I put some waterproof overshoes on then I am kept 100% dry
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Old 10-14-09, 05:20 AM
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Sandals + SealSkinz + wool socks as needed for temperature.
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Old 10-14-09, 06:01 AM
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I wear Endura MT500 shoe covers. https://www.endura.co.uk/Product.aspx...107&prod_id=26

They keep my shoes try on my 10 mile commute.
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Originally Posted by RobertFrapples View Post
I wear Endura MT500 shoe covers. https://www.endura.co.uk/Product.aspx...107&prod_id=26

They keep my shoes try on my 10 mile commute.
+1 I like the Enduras too. They seem better made than the more popular brands of booties, and they fit over my wide feet in MTB shoes. Hitting them with a little Camp-Dry helps maintain the water resistance.

TIP: I sometimes forget to zip my tights over the booties in the rain. It's too late when I'm reminded by the rain running down inside the booties. In the rain, remember, tights over booties.

When it's below 35 or so, my Lake winter cycling boots are absolutely waterproof. I could go stand in the lake with them on and still have warm, dry feet.
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Old 10-14-09, 08:15 AM
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I just have some cheap yellow plastic booties that I wear over my shoes. Bottom cut out for cleats. I think they were $8 or so, they're made out of essentially rain poncho material with a couple of velcro straps.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
I just have some cheap yellow plastic booties that I wear over my shoes. Bottom cut out for cleats. I think they were $8 or so, they're made out of essentially rain poncho material with a couple of velcro straps.
Just don't drop a roadie wearing them....
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Riding in Ft Worth, I've been rolling with Shimano spd sandals. Icebreaker or Smartwool socks complete the ensemble. Hasn't been cold enough yet to warrant a shell layer.
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Originally Posted by MNBikeguy View Post
Just don't drop a roadie wearing them....
Aw, man, out of stock. I wanted a pair.
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Since it's Texas, I'm going to assume your winters aren't too harsh....

I would get any SPD mountain shoe, and then get shoe covers and wear wool socks.

for real cold, use clips/straps with waterproof hiking shoes/books and wool socks.
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Old 10-15-09, 03:22 AM
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I just wear my regular work shoes.
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I just ordered these from Amazon. They'll get here later this week or early next week....not soon enough. I'll let you know how they do.
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obligatory mention of the Lake MX or CX boots. OMGhot
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
Sandals + SealSkinz + wool socks as needed for temperature.
Chipcom,
I've been thinking of going that way too, at least until it hits sub zero....
How large do you go with the SealSkinz to fit a good wool sock inside and not compress the wool too much? If I wear a medium, would I go to large or XL?
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Great. Thanks. This will get me started in the right direction...I was not as worried about the cold as it does not get that cold here...more concerned with the shoes getting wet heavy and uncomfortable.... so the skinz/shoe covers look like a great option.
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Old 10-20-09, 02:48 PM
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Plastic bags inside my SPD shoes. Tuck them into your pants. Cheap, easily replaceable, and a form of recycling. I tend to lose things, and what I don't lose, I destroy, so gaiters/expensive shoe covers are not for me.
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Originally Posted by benda18 View Post
obligatory mention of the Lake MX or CX boots. OMGhot
yup i live in mine all winter here in chicago.here is a review i did of them on my site. https://www.1lesscar.com/reviews/lakeboots.html
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Originally Posted by KLW2 View Post
Chipcom,
I've been thinking of going that way too, at least until it hits sub zero....
How large do you go with the SealSkinz to fit a good wool sock inside and not compress the wool too much? If I wear a medium, would I go to large or XL?
I have size 13 feet, wear an XL and have no trouble with getting them over a winter weight smartwool sock...which is really all you need down to about 32F. If you have a smaller foot, you might like a size larger tho.

My problem was the velcro on the sandals...I had to do some jury rigging to increase the usable area.
Having big feet sux...I can't imagine what the guys with bigger feet than mine have to go through to get decent regular shoes, let alone cycling shoes.
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Thanks Chipcom!
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I like these but I don't go clipless.

https://www.zappos.com/ugg-wigeon-marsh
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I wear a pair of wool socks inside my bike shoes, and on wet days I put a pair of neoprene-ish covers on that just go over the front half of the feet. They keep the toes warm and, unless it's really coming down, dry. The covers were a mere $10 at Performance Bikes. This is not a perfect system but it is economical and works though I haven't tested it in deep-freeze conditions.
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