Winter Shoes

Velonutter
Velonutter Posts: 2,437
edited September 2010 in Road buying advice
My feet were frozen last year, so thinking of getting some of these, heard good reports about these: -

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=31743

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  • I have a pair of the first Shimano winter boots (RW1 or something like that?).

    They are pretty good, but definitely go up a size on your summer shoes.

    Mine are a bit snug (same as summer ones) and so I can only wear thin socks in them and my feet still get cold at very low temps.

    I do find them warmer than neoprene overshoes though.
  • calvjones
    calvjones Posts: 3,850
    They're brill but go 2 sizes up.
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  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    I've got the similar Northwave Fahrenheits and they are pracitically the best they I've ever bought. Definitely make sure they are not a snug fit. Tight shoes are a big cause of cold feet and you can always wear thicker socks.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    I still wear overshoes over my winter boots when it's very wet - stops the muck and spray from getting my Sidi Diablos dirty and running into the cuff
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  • spasypaddy
    spasypaddy Posts: 5,180
    i think this winter i shall be purchasing some waterproof socks to go with my fahrenheits due to the rain running down my legs and in.
  • TommyEss
    TommyEss Posts: 1,855
    edited September 2010
    spasypaddy wrote:
    i think this winter i shall be purchasing some waterproof socks to go with my fahrenheits due to the rain running down my legs and in.

    But then your socks will fill up with water - Just use some good wool socks - woolie boolies or merino - then even though they get wet, your feet will stay warm.

    EDIT - Plus one for Fahrenheits - and I've got the Celsius too for commuting - both very good. And in the depths of last winter I was using three pairs of socks, thin merino, woolie boolies and scki socks (for the length to meet my 3/4 length sat under my tights!) plus the Fahrenheits, plus over shoes.
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  • Velonutter
    Velonutter Posts: 2,437
    Thanks Lads, Waterproof Socks & Overshoes just didn't work for me, so it has to be Winter shoes.
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    But winter shoes alone won't keep your feet dry unless you tape closed the hole at the top.

    I have some NW Celsius boots, but last winter found myself mostly wearing them if it was cold and dry. If it was wet I stuck with normal shoes and neoprene overshoes. Occasionally I wore the boots in the wet, but always used overshoes after my first experience with just the boots in proper rain (and yes I did have full mudguards as well).
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  • spasypaddy
    spasypaddy Posts: 5,180
    tbf with winter boots your feet getting wet isnt ideal but it isnt the end of the world as the wind doesnt get in the water in your boot cant get out so it acts like a wet suit so your feet still stay warm
  • rjsmith
    rjsmith Posts: 1,924
    I wear the thin oversocks (Prendas 2 for £15 ones) over my winter boots which keeps them clean and since they go over the top of the boot help the water move down over the boot and not inside it. Don't have a problem with water going inside my Northwaves.
  • Velonutter
    Velonutter Posts: 2,437
    If it is raining then I don't go out, preferring to ride on the turbo or rollers, however if I get caught in the rain it would be nice to know that I ain't going to freeze by the time I get home.
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    spasypaddy wrote:
    tbf with winter boots your feet getting wet isnt ideal but it isnt the end of the world as the wind doesnt get in the water in your boot cant get out so it acts like a wet suit so your feet still stay warm

    Neoprene overshoes do the same though.

    I'm not necessarily saying winter boots are bad and as someone who really does suffer from cold feet in the winter I found my feet just about stayed warm with Woolie Boolies + Northwave Celsius boots + Endura neoprene overshoes even on the coldest days last winter.

    But based on my experience with the Northwave boots, without overshoes they're crap at keeping your feet dry and feel horrible when the water does get in. They're also much less pleasant to ride in compared to normal shoes.
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  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    The whole wet/cold thing is an issue. It tends not to rain when it's really cold (it snows instead!) and i really suffered in the cold (for 30 years!!) before I got the Northwaves. I have used them with over shoes aswell if it's raining when I go out. Whatever you do you'll end up wet eventually, just with the Northwaves I'm not cold too. No amount of socks, plastic bags, overshoes keep me as warm.
  • spasypaddy
    spasypaddy Posts: 5,180
    i dont get on with overshoes, they last me one winter at most and the shoes still get wet. id rather my northwaves get wet than my s-works.
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    rjsmith wrote:
    I wear the thin oversocks (Prendas 2 for £15 ones) over my winter boots which keeps them clean and since they go over the top of the boot help the water move down over the boot and not inside it. Don't have a problem with water going inside my Northwaves.
    +1 - these are very good imo
  • calvjones
    calvjones Posts: 3,850
    Wear long longs or trews and make sure they go outside of the boots rather than inside. Seems to work for me with my MW-80s (much better for commuting than RW80s if you have the appropriate pedals!)
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