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Shoes for the Wet - Recommendations?

Old 10-02-09, 09:36 AM
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Shoes for the Wet - Recommendations?

I've been told by a trusted source that my Ergo2's won't hold up riding through the wet season, so...

Looking for suggestions for low-cost commuting shoes that will take 4hole speedplay cleats, that can get completely warerlogged without dissolving like tissue paper . Doesn't get truly cold here in socal, so they don't need to be insulated per se, but soaked shoes in 40-50deg temps still suck so if they help keep the feet dry that's a bonus.

Thanks for ideas!

ps. my feet run very wide
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Old 10-02-09, 09:42 AM
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I would try Castelli Pioggia shoe covers before getting a special commuting shoe. I have not used these covers, but they seem to be making a serious attempt at being waterproof.

Speedplay 4-hole...? Pretty much you are asking for cheap non-leather road shoes? Try nashbar, pricepoint, Performance...?
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Originally Posted by vladav View Post
I've been told by a trusted source that my Ergo2's won't hold up riding through the wet season, so...

Looking for suggestions for low-cost commuting shoes that will take 4hole speedplay cleats, that can get completely warerlogged without dissolving like tissue paper . Doesn't get truly cold here in socal, so they don't need to be insulated per se, but soaked shoes in 40-50deg temps still suck so if they help keep the feet dry that's a bonus.

Thanks for ideas!

ps. my feet run very wide


find a new source.

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Originally Posted by vladav View Post
I've been told by a trusted source that my Ergo2's won't hold up riding through the wet season... here in socal
Seriously - you live in SoCal and think you need special shoes for the rain? I can see not wanting to use your nice Sidi's for commuting just because, but I think they would hold up fine in the rain you get there. I have been doing all my riding, including commuting with the same pair of Genius 4's for over six years, and they are holding up fine. And this is in FL where you may just get caught in a monsoon rain any given afternoon.

Originally Posted by vladav View Post
ps. my feet run very wide
Now that is a problem that I sympathize with. The only bike shoes other than (and cheaper than) Sidi's that I know come in wide sizes are Lake. Guys with wide feet are apparently not supposed to ride road bikes.
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Ummm...I've got Erog2's that have seen more monsoon rain storms then I care too remember and they are holding up just fine...

Get some shoe covers and don't worry about the shoes...They will be fine...
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+1 to waterproof shoe covers.
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In the worst wet (experiments conducted while commuting) I used Neoprene shoe covers over a plastic grocery bag tied around my shoe above the sock top. This keeps a things pretty dry, and if you tie things up right, the water dribbling dwn your legs doesn't end up in the top of your socks & beyond. Works like a charm, if a bit nerdy...
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Thanks for the suggestions:

Bumping the 'Trusted Source' down half a notch...
Not worrying as much about the Ergo's...
...already have shoe covers galore.

FWIW: had a pair of '06 sworks where the heel cup debonded from the sole in about 2 seasons (seemingly from the wet). The trusted source asserted that the Sidi's were less durable in rain. Maybe they're just a sidi-hater.

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Originally Posted by MCODave View Post
Guys with wide feet are apparently not supposed to ride road bikes.
Apparently they don't expect many riders with man-sized feet. I'd love some Ergo 2s, but like most high-end road shoes, Sidi only make them through size 48.
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I always ride in the rain with my SIDI's, they look like new afterwards. Sometimes it is kinda of a nice treat lol.
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Originally Posted by vladav View Post
ps. my feet run very wide
How do they pedal?
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Originally Posted by size14shox View Post
How do they pedal?
lol. With a Q factor that would make Larry Craig jealous.
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Originally Posted by vladav View Post
I've been told by a trusted source that my Ergo2's won't hold up riding through the wet season, so...
That's pretty goofy.

I use thin shoe covers all the time; they keep the shoes looking nice. When riding in the pouring rain, my feet still get wet, but the shoe covers filter out all the grit and such that flies up, so none of it gets in the Sidi mechanisms.
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Woah! it's a bold new world...
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Shoes I have worn in the rain:

Sidi MTB
Sidi road
Nike tennis shoes
Specialized BG Defroster boots
New Balance running shoes
Vasquez Goretex waterproof hikers
Cannondale touring shoes
Shimano road shoes
Weird Fila rubberized leather hiking things that I bought in Paris 15 years ago

All still in my closet.
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Ergo2 are excellent in the rain. They don't stay white though.
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