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Old 03-09-12, 06:11 PM
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What shoes do you wear when it is raining?

I did a search and came up with nothing.

I am going to be getting my first "solid" commuter here in the next few months. This will have fenders, racks, the whole nine yards.

My question is what do you do to keep your feet dry when rain is involved? I know some would just take wet feet, or just tell me to HTFU. Simple point, my feet are prone to being cold. I have to keep them warm or the ride is not enjoyable for me. I can tolerate cold pretty well, but my feet cannot be.

I'd prefer something I could wear while running errands. Something that could be walked in comfortably but does still remains presentable (no camo).

Ideas?
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Old 03-09-12, 06:32 PM
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Wool socks should help, No?
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I wear wool socks when it is cold. My main concern is a shoe that remains dry (or a cover of some kind).
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Old 03-09-12, 07:07 PM
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North Face Gortex HedgeHog
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Shoe covers...many brands out there. They keep the wind out, thus keeping you warm, while keeping your feet dry. Some are just weather resistant and some are close to waterproof. For commuting, waterproof is probably what you want. I've got the Pearl Izumi PRO WxB covers.
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Thanks for the recommendations! Exactly what I was looking for!

May have to consider both of these. The covers would be great to have in the panniers for the "unexpected showers".
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https://www.lakecycling.com/mxz302.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...Uc-zlfiM#t=56s
#t=56s
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[QUOTE=1nterceptor;13953331]https://www.lakecycling.com/mxz302.html

These are for snow not rain. In Houston you'll never want to put them on. Lake does have some nice goretex boots. All of these solutions will be steamy when it's more than 80 degrees.
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[QUOTE=profjmb;13953354]
Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
https://www.lakecycling.com/mxz302.html

These are for snow not rain. In Houston you'll never want to put them on. Lake does have some nice goretex boots. All of these solutions will be steamy when it's more than 80 degrees.
Look at the videos, that's rain(not snow) and that's MXZ302 I'm wearing. Comfortably I might add for my 17 mile one way commute. I ride in the rain a lot, temps can vary from the 40'sF to 60'sF. I'm guessing temps can reach this low
even in Texas when it's raining? Over 65F I usually just let my shoes get wet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9-Kv...eature=channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfc...eature=channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PHgafMCE7I
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Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
Wool socks should help, No?
This... especially in cold.
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I wear goretex running shoes. When it's not raining or cold, I wear regular running shoes.
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Old 03-09-12, 10:40 PM
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interceptor, nicely done video with the Fire to the Rain one. The song is a perfect fit for that video.
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interceptor, nicely done video with the Fire to the Rain one. The song is a perfect fit for that video.
Glad you liked it
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[QUOTE=profjmb;13953354]
Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
https://www.lakecycling.com/mxz302.html

These are for snow not rain. In Houston you'll never want to put them on. Lake does have some nice goretex boots. All of these solutions will be steamy when it's more than 80 degrees.
This is true. I've got the road(red) version. Soaked an old x-large pair of Bellweather shoe covers in Thompson's Waltersealer and use them over the Lakes when it's raining. Works perfect. My rainpants fit nicely over the top of the booties, so my feet stay dry. A little warm, but dry.
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I keep all my old joggers and on wet days I wear a pair. The next day if it's raining again I get another old pair out. That way I can ride up to three days of rain and my normal shoes don't get trashed. I have dry kit at work.
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Sandals. Waterproof socks if it's cold rain, wool or none if otherwise.
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Another vote for sandals! With socks underneath if it's cold. Far better than riding with water sloshing around in your shoes.
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The only thing that seems to actually work for me when it really pours, even in very cold weather: SealSkinz socks and sandals (add wool socks if it's really cold) combined with Pearl Izumi Amfib bibs. If it's just drizzling then GoreTex hiking sneakers work well for me. If it's warm then just sandals, possibly with with thin socks for comfort. But yeah, you've got to get your Fred on for that... if you care about looks and style then forget it.

SealSkinz socks are too warm to be worn with any kind of shoes by the way, and shoes take more than a day at work to dry.

Rain pants are not breathable enough or not comfortable. I tried three and they're useless. Amfibs breath nicely though.
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Nobody's said it yet, so I'll go with the obvious...

Wet Shoes
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I've got some waterproof light hiking boots that work good on the flats of my double-sided Shimano pedals. They get a little hot above 85 degrees F but not unbearable. When it's cold, I put on a pair of wool socks as well and I'm good to below freezing.
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Gortex hiking boots with wool socks. This combined with full fenders has given me pretty good results. Good enough to not have to worry about anything better while I'm living in Colorado.
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Bring one or two changes of socks. Maybe bring a change of shoes.

I have neoprene socks I got at Wal*Mart, cheap. They fit in my sandals. Nothing can stop me wearing those.

But really, you'll love having a change of socks.
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If the temperature is under 50F, then I wear my Shimano MW80 winter boots with wool socks. If it's raining hard, I wear rain covers over the boots. With the rain covers, my feet stay warm and dry no matter how hard it's raining (or snowing, for that matter). Now if only I could find a way to keep my hands dry...
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I don't bother trying to keep my feet dry, just warm.

At temperatures over mid-30s, that means sandals, barefoot so there's nothing wet sucking the heat out of my feet. A little rain on bare skin is much warmer than wet socks and shoes.
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Just regular tennis shoes. When I get home I put them in front of a space fan and put on clean socks .
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