When the Autumn rolls into the Winter, it’s sometimes hard to know what shoes to wear whilst cycling. It can feel like you are constantly watching the weather, and avoiding those rainy days. However, if you cycle every day, then it makes sense to invest in a pair of winter cycling shoes.
So what are they, and how are they different to any regular shoe? Winter cycling shoes look a little like boots and often come in a standard color (black or brown, etc.) To keep rain out, they usually have a protective layer with a high ankle. This is in order to keep rain out. There are a range of fastenings, but one of the easiest to contend with is Velcro, but the recommendation is to definitely go with Boa dials or ratchets. These are more effective than Velcro in contending with weather conditions and keeping your foot secure. Regular cycling shoes can be anything from a flat sneaker to a running shoe. Laces, especially in wet conditions, can untie if not tight enough and therefore get wet in the rain, proving ineffective for winter.
Most people use other means of protection before investing in winter cycling boots. These include, but are not limited to, cling film and tin foil over regular cycling shoes. I suppose this is because winter cycling boots can be horrifically expensive. However, there are sales and cheaper options out there if you are willing to shop around a little. Nylon soles, for example, are much cheaper than carbon.
What are you looking for in a shoe? When looking for the perfect pair of winter cycling shoes, you need to assess what you need most out of them. There needs to be enough room in the shoe for your feet to do some moving around, and there also needs to be a protective layer. There also needs to be proper buckles in place to make sure your feet are secure whilst you are riding (you don’t want the shoe to go flying off halfway through your commute). Aside from anything, your feet should feel comfortable in your winter cycling shoes.
So where do I get them from, I hear you ask. Don’t fear, as many cycling and sports shops supply winter cycling shoes. Here you can get your foot measured and in some they can even watch you cycle. This helps them find what works best for you out of the shoe. It can be a daunting experience, but with a few options and the right advice, you can acquire your pair of winter cycling shoes and be on your way in no time. If you want to know more about walking shoes you can click here.
Even though it’s winter, don’t be tempted to wear thick socks. This might be alright with a normal cycling shoe, for example, but thick socks generally tend to cut off the blood supply and not leave much room for your feet to move. Thin socks are generally best to go with when wearing winter cycling shoes.
Try a range of shoes that fit and suit you, and make sure that when you are choosing the shoes it fits right. You don’t want squished toes and bloodless feet by the end of your cycle ride. Happy cycling.