Is it 'posey' to use shoe covers?

Heavenfire
Heavenfire Posts: 50
edited April 2011 in Road buying advice
No offence intended here, folks! I really liked the look of some shoe covers I saw some guys wearing in Spain recently. I don't know the make, but they were thin and red (the covers, not the guys, though actually ...) - a bit like Gore Oxygens. Here's the rub though: Spain isn't the UK, and I don't want to look like a poser! Is it ok to ask this? Can I wear shoe covers (that don't look like cut-off wellies) and get away with it here? Maybe there are some who consider them plain essentials? What say you?

Comments

  • Bobbinogs
    Bobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    There are some that complain about team shirts, yellow shirts, GB kit, shoe covers, bling wheels, stabilisers...you name it. I say do what you want mate!

    You may have to develop a thick skin though, being blitzed on a hill by someone in jeans, trainers and a shopping bike may take some getting over if you are on a spangly carbon machine wearing full lycra :)
  • northpole
    northpole Posts: 1,499
    I friend of mine in a moment of weakness came out on a ride with a pair of bright red over socks (I'm sure there is a better name for them). Anyway, the weather turned horrible, the bright red turned dull brown and heavy with mud encrusted water, and they haven't been seen since.

    Like you say, UK isn't Spain!

    Peter
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    Oversocks are perfect for this time of year. No good if it rains, but keep enough of the chill out in the mornings and keeps your shoes clean. I've a selection of colours - blue, white and yellow. The Prendas Merkalon ones are good and only £7.95.
    More problems but still living....
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    I wear aero overshoes for TT, and winter overshoes in winter, couldn't give a fig what anyone else thinks about it!!!
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Keeps the Sidis in top condition 8)
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    Keeps the Sidis in top condition 8)


    ^^ This
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,522
    nothing posey about shoe covers

    three usual reasons/types...

    keep the water out - castelli nano

    bit of extra warmth - prendas oversocks

    aerodynamics - sadly, i don't go that fast

    ...presumably it was the latter in spain
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,464
    i use them if the ground's wet toprotect my shoes. don't got for white though. the prendas are the best of the three pairs i'veowned by a distance
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • petemadoc
    petemadoc Posts: 2,331
    I always wear some heavy duty overshoes in the rain to keep my feet dry, even on my daily commute.

    Never tried the aero dynamic things for dry weather but I might get some just to hide my cheapo shoes :D
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Pokerface wrote:
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    Keeps the Sidis in top condition 8)


    ^^ This

    ^^this I have a red pair to wear over my sidis when it's dry.
  • Not a big fan of them myself but use them in bad weather. Would rather use shoe covers than mess up expensive shoes. In decent weather they just make me too warm.

    But wear what you like. If someone else doesn't like it, it is their problem really.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    This is road cycling. You can never be too posey.
  • paul64
    paul64 Posts: 278
    In this weather of cool mornings/evenings and warmer days I wear the Gore type of cycling socks and normal cycling shoes. I like the idea of thin cheap overshoes though if they are comfortable. Must check out the Prendas overshoes mentioned earlier.
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    Do what you want to do man, don't worry about what anyone will say.
  • Andyb10
    Andyb10 Posts: 126
    This is road cycling. You can never be too posey.

    +1
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    NapoleonD wrote:
    This is road cycling. You can never be too posey.
    :lol:
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    This is road cycling. You can never be too posey.
    LOL! I like the attitude, dude!
  • bigpikle
    bigpikle Posts: 1,690
    another vote for the Prendas in this weather - I have red and black for a little extra warmth and to keep crap off the nice shoes, and the red matches my red L/S jersey perfectly for a little extra sartorial elegance :D

    If you dont have winter shoes/ boots then windprrof are essential in the colder weather IMHO.
    Your Past is Not Your Potential...
  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,467
    If it's below 5 degrees C OR heavily raining and below 15C, then windproof, waterproof overshoes are a godsend.

    Otherwise there's no point and the hassle of putting them on isn't worth the pose value.
  • rc856
    rc856 Posts: 1,144
    They're an essential part of my kit.
    Got Castelli overshoes for bad weather but recently bought some black Assos oversocks
    and they're great when it's still a bit fresh in the morning.
  • RC856 wrote:
    They're an essential part of my kit.
    Got Castelli overshoes for bad weather but recently bought some black Assos oversocks
    and they're great when it's still a bit fresh in the morning.

    Now there's a guy with a sense of style!
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    I went out the other night was fooled by the bright weather - used summer socks and no overshoes - come sunset my feet quickly got like blocks of ice ! ....if it works for you do it !