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Old 12-26-17, 11:51 PM   #1
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Winter road shoes/boots

After a 10 mile ride in 25 degree weather my over booties proved to be inadequate after 10 miles. So it looks like winter specific shoes/boots are in order. Most of my go to outlets only have MTB (two hole) shoes. Any reputable online outlets where I can get a good pair of three hole winter road shoes?
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After a 10 mile ride in 25 degree weather my over booties proved to be inadequate after 10 miles. So it looks like winter specific shoes/boots are in order. Most of my go to outlets only have MTB (two hole) shoes. Any reputable online outlets where I can get a good pair of three hole winter road shoes?
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Old 12-27-17, 01:09 AM   #3
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I love my Shimano MW7, but they are two hole. The RW5 are road shoes but are dry shield rather than gore tex. I have very cold feet and under 55F, it's winter shoes. Perhaps the RW5s might be enough for you.

Whatever you buy, BUY ONE SIZE UP so you can wear heavy and/or double pairs of socks.
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I've been using 2-bolt shoes, which have a wide variety of cycling boots available. For my riding (more wet than cold in the winter), the Shimano MW series of boots work well.

For 3 bolt, here are a few:
SiDi Hydro Gore-Tex Road Cycling Shoe
Review: Sidi Hydro Gore winter boots | road.cc

Shimano RW5 Dryshield SPD-SL Winter Shoes - Black
https://www.probikekit.com/sports-fo.../11354019.html

45NRTH Japanther Road Shoes
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=76850
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There's a few on wiggle.com - some of the Northwave varieties look good and have three-bolt options. For example:
wiggle.com | Northwave Extreme RR Winter GTX Boots | Road Cycling Shoes
wiggle.com | Northwave - Flash GTX Winter Boots | Road Cycling Shoes

That said, there seem to be more varieties of winter boot in 2-bolt options. Presumably this is because road cleats really suck if you have to dismount in actual snow (the snow has a tendency to thaw and freeze in SPD-SL cleats, making it a PITA to pick it out so you can clip in.)
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I don't do toe-clips or any type of cycling gear, but i still have to consider the bike with what i wear.

My fenders don't shield my feet, so i wear boots. I have slip-on steelies for work (we call them Chelsea boots) because.. no eyelets or tongue. My Nike 'trainers' are a boot version in a soft-touch satin tan brown leather stuff, which oddly doesn't change colour when wet. They have a webbed tongue, so resist water like my work boots. My rat-trap pedals are doing all the work to grip the Nike's smooth soles though.
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People vary in their response and tolerance to cold temperatures. In the typical winter temps in my area, say 20s F, wind proof booties with a fleeced interior, together with wool socks and an insulated foot bed works well. Felt is a very good insulator and seem to be available at many retailers such as REI and Bass Pro Shops.
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