I’ve never thought of myself as having overly cold feet as every winter, when it comes to commuting, I’ve just used my normal cycling shoes (all very ventilated) and put on a couple of socks with overshoes (sometimes with a toe cover under the overshoe). I’ve never had to resort to using tin foil or insole warmers but last winter, especially the beast from the east period, I felt it enough to make me think next time I will get some proper shoes.
I’ve just got my first winter road cycling shoe (NorthWave Rapter TH Winter Thermal) and used them on Saturday night as it was suprisingly cold. On the way to a friends I wore just one pair of socks thinking my feet are going to be toasty in these thermal shoes, it was 5 degrees with minimal wind, annoyingly I felt cold toes. On the way back home at past midnight it was 2 degrees (ended up getting sprayed by two gritters), I was wearing an extra pair of socks and my overshoes. I was really dissapointed with how cold my feet were!
Pretty sure my socks arn’t too tight and neither were the shoes done up too tight. Anyone else have simialr experiences with winter shoes? I’ll have to test them with toe caps and proper merino socks to be able to compare the same set up with my normal summer shoes. I’m sure the better rain protection will come into their own and be worth the purchase but I was dreaming of toasty feet through winter!