Oversocks, overshoes AND toe covers? We know, you’re wondering how much protection your toes could possibly need – the answer is probably not all of the above, but perhaps two of the three.
As spring begins to dawn, you’ll probably find you don’t need the full winter tights and heavy duty booties of the coldest months, you may be swapping them for shorts and leg warmers and shiny summery shoes.
Shedding the winter layers is a lovely feeling, but more often than not there’s still a slight bite in the air for a couple of months to come – and that bite has a tenancy to nibble at your hands and toes, the extremities that are exposed and ‘out on a limb’, quite literally. That’s where gloves and all manner of feet warmers come in.
There are a range of options – here’s a look at some of our favorites…
Oversocks are the lightest, most inexpensive option. They’re literally socks that stretch over your shoes, and have holes in the bottom for your cleats and heels.
These won’t provide any protection from the rain, and nor will they ensure you maintain feeling in your toes at 0 degrees. However, if conditions are mild and there’s just a light chilly breeze, they’re perfect.
Usually less than £10, oversocks are often knitted (just like normal socks) and they serve the dual purpose of keeping your nice clean shoes clean all year. We wouldn’t advise spending too much on these either – any woven item that’s going to be in regular contact with the ground won’t last forever, these generally need replacing each year unless you’re Captain Careful.