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Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 5:37pm
by carlislemike
I'm sure someone has probably asked this before but I can't find the links. I have been out the last few days in quite sunny but chilly weather. I am no wimp but my current shoes have a mesh surface so my feet; after 30+ miles each day, were freezing. I don't clip in due to issues with arthritis in my ankles. I need something that is closed to the wind and rain. Any suggestions would be welcome. Mike

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 5:41pm
by tatanab
Exustar Stelvio are my spring and autumn shoes. Inexpensive too. https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b79s154p3 ... vio-SP-705

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 5:58pm
by carlislemike
I saw these last year BUT can they be ridden without clipping in, ie as normal footwear? Thanks.

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 6:05pm
by mjr
tatanab wrote:Exustar Stelvio are my spring and autumn shoes. Inexpensive too. https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b79s154p3 ... vio-SP-705

They look good. Any similar shoe with a mostly-solid leather-or-similar upper should work well. Decathlon and similar sports megastores usually have some and they're slightly cheaper without the SPD-shaped weakness in the soles.

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 6:40pm
by cycleruk
Have you thought about "overshoes" ?
I use them when the weather turns cold and they certainly make a difference. You can get some that are just windproof or others that are waterproof.

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 7:45pm
by tatanab
carlislemike wrote:I saw these last year BUT can they be ridden without clipping in, ie as normal footwear? Thanks.

Yes. They have a removable plate/insert that has to be taken out to fit cleats, otherwise they can be used a normal flat soled shoes. In fact, even with the insert removed and cleats fitted they still work fine because the cleat is well recessed. I use them on machines with toeclips and straps as well as those where I clip in.

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 8:11pm
by robing
cycleruk wrote:Have you thought about "overshoes" ?
I use them when the weather turns cold and they certainly make a difference. You can get some that are just windproof or others that are waterproof.

+1

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 10:39pm
by pete75
mjr wrote:
tatanab wrote:Exustar Stelvio are my spring and autumn shoes. Inexpensive too. https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b79s154p3 ... vio-SP-705

They look good. Any similar shoe with a mostly-solid leather-or-similar upper should work well. Decathlon and similar sports megastores usually have some and they're slightly cheaper without the SPD-shaped weakness in the soles.


If you don't want to fit cleats any warm and waterproof footwear with a reasonably rigid sole should do.

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 23 Oct 2018, 10:46pm
by ossie
As stated stick overshoes on...or Toe thingys for that transitional use..they do other makes

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/castelli-toe-th ... 5745417896

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 24 Oct 2018, 7:51am
by MrsHJ
+1 for overshoes. I have great ones we got in the Netherlands when touring in daily downpours. My shoes aren’t mesh though- just regular shaman (or shimano) ones.

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 24 Oct 2018, 2:09pm
by HobbesOnTour
I use regular pedals so wear regular shoes.
For winter, they'll be leather uppers and a stiff sole supplemented with an insulating silver foil that I fold to enclose my toes.
In very wet weather I'll use waterproof overshoes.
This works for me on winter commutes down to temps of -10 for an hour but also longer days touring (at warmer temps! :D )

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 24 Oct 2018, 3:36pm
by NUKe
IF you can afford them Winter specific shoes such as Specialized defroster, Northwave and Shimano do similar shoes , generally mountain bike style, but Shimano also do a hiking boot which can 2 bolt cleats XM9000 (Link Below) , which I believe are a favourite of Colin531.

The main thing about the winter boots is the cleat plate is outside the boot so lessens heat loss. They are not designed to cool the foot like Summer shoes so No holes or mesh to let the winter chill in.

I have pair of specialized defrosters which get used for the snotty weather, they are warm. Only word of caution is and applies to any of the boots or overshoes , socks poking out of the top will wick the rain in side regardless of how waterproof the boot is.

https://www.GetNastyComputerVirusHere.co.uk/sports-foo ... 41529.html
https://bicycletouringpro.com/winter-cycling-shoes/

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 24 Oct 2018, 8:22pm
by dnrc
i spent a sizable chunk of money a few years ago to buy some northwave arctic boots

never regretted it for a second

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 24 Oct 2018, 9:57pm
by foxyrider
Over socks make a big difference, have kept the wind out of my summer shoes this last week or so. I will be going back to my Defrosters all too soon, I got fed up of buying overshoes with dodgy closures and poorly fitting design.

For my touring shoes I have some Goretec over spats which work very well and are now nearly 15 years old!

Re: Cycling shoes for cold / winter use

Posted: 24 Oct 2018, 10:43pm
by cyclemad
I have several options..
1- Sealskinz socks - waterproof
2- Northwave Winter mtb Boots ( water proof with high ' rubber ' cuff that prevents water running down your leg into the shoe.
3- Castelli Diluvio Overboots - made out of wet suit material - with cut outs on soles for clipless - I use on mtb on canal towpaths in winter

4- the cheapest - plastic bags gaffer taped over your shoes ....I don't resort to that but a work colleague who has a reputation for being the tightest person in the world --- swears by them !!

Just a few options to consider :D