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Old 03-01-23, 01:12 AM
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Keeping shoes dry

Is it possible? Iíve been taking a change of clothes + dry shoes in a garbage bag in my backpack to work and itís kind of terrible. Doubt my shoes will be dry by tomorrow. I have a 3 ft roll of plastic wrap type stuff for packing at work that I could maybe bring home to use but itís super wasteful. Anyone have tips.
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Old 03-01-23, 02:45 AM
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The easiest thing is to find a new construction site and simply walk through their fresh poured concrete. Then wait an hour and go on your way.
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Old 03-01-23, 03:01 AM
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Fenders and rain booties would for maybe an hour.

After 2 hours in heavy rain, you will be wet. Completely.
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I'm a fan of winter cycling shoes. Shimano has some neoprene cycling shoes (I use SPD).

I've used shoes similar to the Shimano MW5, and like them for cold or wet. Not perfectly dry, but not bad.



Also get a boot dryer (or 2 or 3) for any place you wish to dry your shoes, socks, gloves, etc, over the course of several hours, or overnight.



Most have a small heater coil at the bottom and rely on convection, although some apparently have an actual fan too.

If you have ducted heating with floor registers, you might try simply sitting the boot dryer on the vent without plugging it in.

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Hmmm? Let me think. Maybe some sort of rain covers? Or am I thinking crazy.
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This winter I used the Shimano SH-MW701. I found them very comfortable and didn't let water in.
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Old 03-01-23, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Hmmm? Let me think. Maybe some sort of rain covers? Or am I thinking crazy.
link to product? By the time I get to work itís like my feet went through a swimming pool
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If you are talking about drying rain soaked shoes after the ride, then just put them in front of a fan. They'll be dry pretty fast. If the shoes have a removable inner sole then remove them and put in front of the fan too.

Otherwise you need some rain covers that will seal up against your leg if you are riding in the rain. Won't matter how waterproof the shoes are with all the water running down your leg.

For warm weather riding, airy shoes that have good ventilation will dry out quickly when whatever is causing them to get wet is over and done with.
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leave your shoes at work
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
link to product?
I donít spoon feed.
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I've been using Sugoi shoe covers for many years.



They are waterproof and warm, with a fleece inside, and they fit snugly. Plus, the Sugoi site has the on sale.

Water still gets in through the bottom, so I've put duct tape over the shoe soles' bottom vents.

Even so, a little water gets in eventually. I hang up my shoes inside the water heater closet to dry them out overnight. Taking out the insole helps.
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Surprised to hear flip flops don't dry quickly and w/o drama. Who knew?
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I used to use plastic bags with either duck tape or a rubber band. Of course, I was a poor student and there were not of the fancy stuff like we had today. It worked pretty well.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
leave your shoes at work
That was my solution before I retired.

I found that shoe covers worked to a degree but were never completely waterproof. On really wet days I would wear some Showerís Pass waterproof socks which at least kept my feet dry
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What is next? A shirt. Congrats scoring some shoes.
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Low-budget method...Plastic bags between socks and shoes. We used to use sandwich bags. Shoes will get wet, but the plastic bag will provide a barrier to keep your socks/feet from getting soaked. Putting on wet shoes, the plastic bag again provides a barrier.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
Surprised to hear flip flops don't dry quickly and w/o drama. Who knew?
This is actually not as sarcastic as it seems; I was going to suggest riding in a Teva sandal, with socks for insulation, and changing into dry footwear on arrival at work.
Leave the dry shoes at work, and use the sandals for the ride. They'll be dry by the end of the day without any special measures.

Short of sealing yourself inside a set of Frog Toggs with rubber rain boots, there's no easy way to stay 100% dry on a bicycle for an extended length of time.
Plan to arrive wet. Either keep dry shoes/clothes at work or carry them with you.
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62
Fenders and rain booties would for maybe an hour.

After 2 hours in heavy rain, you will be wet. Completely.
Can confirm. One thing I learned, though, riding in all the rain we've been having this year, is that good wet weather cycling kit will keep you warm, even if it doesn't keep you dry.
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I have found shoe covers with a polyurethane (PU) coating are the best overall. You get a bit of breathability and almost total waterproof-ness. You still will get some wetness in a drenching, from water coming down the legs and through bottoms.

Note I keep a separate pair of shoes at work so if my cycling shoes get a bit wet in the morning I have all day to get them dried out. I also keep an emergency pair of socks in the office in case they are needed (so far, not). Plus a towel to dry off anything wet at work.
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Larry, get an Ortlieb backpack. They are simple and waterproof and will last you a lifetime of bad decision making. As far a shoes go, if you are not clipped in, diving boots are fantastic. I used them when I rode my motorcycle and I knew it was going to rain. They have hard soles, and will dry within 30 or 40 mins.

https://www.ortlieb.com/en_us/products/backpacks

https://scubapro.johnsonoutdoors.com...dive-boot-65mm
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Waterproof shoes work well and with some waterproof socks you have a winning combo. When you get home stuff your shoes full of balled up newspaper and it will help dry them out. Or get a shoe/boot dryer and also regardless take out the insole and let that dry separately. Also if you can wear a waterproof gaiter that will help keep water from getting in from the top if not as well sealed.

If you have a spot at work or wherever you might go during the day and stay for long periods of time just leave a set there. Back when I commuted on my road bike I would leave a pair of shoes at work so I always had some, they were older shoes so when I lent them to a co-worker and he got them thrown away I was less pissed (still a little because I loved those shoes but they were end of life anyway)
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Is it possible? I’ve been taking a change of clothes + dry shoes in a garbage bag in my backpack to work and it’s kind of terrible.
???

Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Doubt my shoes will be dry by tomorrow.
If a garbage bag didn't keep things dry, you aren't using it carefully. There's no reason, outside of swimming, that it shouldn't easily keep things dry.

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I have a 3 ft roll of plastic wrap type stuff for packing at work that I could maybe bring home to use but it’s super wasteful. Anyone have tips.
??? People use appropriately sized plastic bags for this. One can often find bags that work.

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Originally Posted by winston63
That was my solution before I retired.

I found that shoe covers worked to a degree but were never completely waterproof. On really wet days I would wear some Showerís Pass waterproof socks which at least kept my feet dry
I have a pair of their socks and it is a real workout getting those things on and off. Keep feet dry and toasty, but its similar to putting on and taking off a wetsuit, because theyíre basically the same thing. Wonít help the shoes though. I tried Velotoze, and no bueno for keeping shoes dry, at least in downpours.
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
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If a garbage bag didn't keep things dry, you aren't using it carefully. There's no reason, outside of swimming, that it shouldn't easily keep things dry.


??? People use appropriately sized plastic bags for this. One can often find bags that work.
Im talking about cling wrap/saran wrap for packaging, heavy duty legit stuff. Garbage bag of clothes sucks because then I have to wear a backpack and its still 2 pairs of wet shoes at the end of the day
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Im talking about cling wrap/saran wrap for packaging, heavy duty legit stuff. Garbage bag of clothes sucks because then I have to wear a backpack and its still 2 pairs of wet shoes at the end of the day
???

The cling wrap is a replacement for the garbage bag.

How would the cling wrap eliminate the backpack or the need to carry the second pair of shoes?

If the shoes are getting wet with the garbage bag, what magical properties does the cling wrap have?

I’m guessing that you are getting one pair of shoes wet while riding and carrying another pair in a bag that you wear outside in the rain at work? I guess you want to wrap both pairs of shoes in cling wrap while you are wearing them? Or, maybe, you think that wearing cling-wrapped shoes while riding will keep you from needing to carry another pair in a backpack?

It’s way too much work to figure out what your problem is.

You are in California. How often is this a problem (whatever the problem is)?

==============================

If you are riding in real rain, for long enough, your shoes are going to get wet.

If you know you are going to get two pairs of shoes wet, just wear one pair.

Or have one of the pairs be something that will dry easily.

I’m assuming there are safety shoe requirements at where you work and that this work is outside in the rain. I’m also assuming the issue is wet shoes and not wet feet.

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