The season of chilly winter riding is here, and there's nothing better than getting outside and pedalling away as the crisp air roses up your cheeks. Although winter riding can only really be enjoyed when you're well equipped to fight off the biting chill, and one area to really suffer is your feet.
Because your road cycling shoes are slim and snug, your socks are constructed from a thin and breathable fabric, the cold temperatures can easily rip right through. The best thing to help keep the cold at bay, is investing in some good quality overshoe booties, or toe caps.
For me, a ride can be quickly cut short if my hands and feet begin to go numb. I feel less stable and less confident in my ability to pedal, and even brake. So when it comes to keeping your extremities warm on the bike, it's worth spending the money so you don't find yourself heading home early, and in discomfort.
We've rounded up some of the best overshoe booties and toe caps to help keep you pedalling throughout winter.
SealSkinz Neoprene Halo Overshoe
SealSkinz are one of the industry leading brands for all-weather performance accessories. Cyclists and mountain bikers swear by their waterproof technology, and their new Halo range incorporates additional safety features.
Sealskinz has created the first ever road cycling overshoe which incorporates 4Lumen LED technology to increase rider visibility in low light. The light operates in three modes and you can simply switch between these modes using a push button.
In addition to these features, these overshoes are thermal, windproof and water resistant making them ideal for your dark commutes and cold winter rides.
Sizes: Small – X.Large
High end Swiss cycling brand, ASSOS, are renowned for producing quality cycling kit. We've always been pretty impressed by their garments, so suffice to say, their overshoe booties look like just the ticket for keeping your tootsies warm on the roads.
These booties offer air-block protection and water repellent properties. They have been made with minimal seams, and offer a snug low-profile fit which contours the shoe nicely. Extra reinforcement against abrasion has been worked into the toe and heel areas, and the reflective zips are placed slightly asymmetrically towards the outside, to ensure increased comfort, water protection and visibility.
Sizes: 0 (3.5" - 6") - 1 (6" - 8.5")
dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoe
One of the biggest women's cycling brands is dhb. They cater to every need and desire of the female cyclist, which is how they became one of our champion brands earlier in the year.
Their mid-winter overshoe are made from a nylon and 3mm stretch Neoprene construction with an easy-on and zip fastening. Taped seams provide protection from the cold, wet mid winter weather. At £20, these are reasonably priced and ideal for first time triers.
Sizes: X.Small - X.Large
Castelli Toe Thingy Toe Covers
Another TWC champion brand is Castelli. They support women's cycling through their functional and quality women's specific kit.
Toe covers are a cheaper and less faff alternative to booties. They slip over the front of your shoes to provide some protection from the elements when it's less cold and less wet outside.
These ones from Castelli are made from super-durable neoprene, and they simply slip on over the front on your shoe, held in place by your cleats.
Morvélo Bloc Shoc Overshoes
Not all overshoes have to be black. Morvélo offer a range of colourful and protective alternatives to brighten up those winter rides.
The Bloc Shoc overshoes are made from strong Thermoroubaix fabric. They are insulating, water-repellent and durable, created to keep you cycling through the worst winter conditions.
GripGrab Easy On Toe Covers
GripGrab is a Danish company, founded by three brothers who set out of design and produce high-quality performance wear for every rider.
These toe covers are quick and easy to slip on over the front of your shoe when you need a little more protection from the elements. Toe covers are also ideal for layering up with a thinner bootie for when it's just too warm for the full neoprene winter booties.
Endura Freezing Point Overshoes
If you're looking for warm winter cycling feet then these Endura overshoe booties are built for just that.
These overshoe booties are fully lined with soft fleece, and are constructed with an outer neoprene layer, Kevlar sole and stitching for durability. The rear zip is reinforced with a Velcro heel tab to ensure a snug and secure fit. Reflective details along the sides will have them pop out in low-light conditions.
Sizes: Small - XX.Large
Giro Ambient Toe Covers
Giro Cycling offer some of the best accessories on the market, and their Ambient toe covers are no different.
These toe covers are constructed with windproof and water-resistant neoprene, backed with anti-microbial thermal fleece layer to insulate your toes. There are reflective highlights throughout, and a durable toe guard which make them ideal for winter riding, and racing.
Sizes: Small - X.Large
To keep those feet warm and dry on chilly winter rides, it's a good idea to invest in some insulating and protective footwear.
With happy feet, you can pedal away all day!
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