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Overshoes - can they be used with normal shoes?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by summerdays, 18 Jan 2008.

  1. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Can someone tell me if you can use overshoes with normal shoes? Cos when its wet, I seem to be suceeding at keeping most of me dry, except my feet (I do have mudguards).

    Would they go over normal shoes? would I need to go a size up? (I'm a wide size 8/42) and is the fit meant to be quite close?
     
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  2. I was advised against it, I cant remember why :laugh:, so I got meself a pair of waterproof socks (sealskinz).
     
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I can't see why not.
    I didn't like the feel of the Sealskinz socks - a bit slimy and cold and I found they filled up with water.
     
  4. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    I use those as well but found during the summer last month, well those very wet months that water just ran down my legs and into the inside of those socks.
     
  5. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    For anyone interested, the Diadora Chillis got their first real wet weather test today, steady rain and a lot of surface water

    finished up with very wet feet indeed, granted they got wet slowly over an hour and stayed quite warm and wet but waterproof those shoes most definitely are not
     
  6. OP
    OP
    summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Strangely enough the sealskin waterproof socks arrived this morning.... I've yet to try them on... I had ordered those when I was contemplating this question.
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I can't think of any reason why you shouldn't be able to wear overshoes over normal shoes. My Adistar neoprene ones came with complete soles and you have to cut out the hole required for the cleats yourself, although they were scored in the right places. I would definitely recommend the Adistar overshoes, best ones I've ever had, got to work through heavy rain and standing water this morning and still had nice dry toasty warm toes :biggrin:
     
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i got a pair from aldi and they're really good, although i've only used them on my 12-15 minute commute.

    you could always gaffer tape up the holes in the sole.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I'm not worried about the bottom of them, I think the top of the shoe gets very wet from both the road/end of mud guard and more likely the quantity of rain running off my waterproof jacket and trousers.
     
  10. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    The problem tends to be that cycling shoes are narrower than many ordinary shoes (especially trainers). I have some 'commuter' overshoes which I'm pretty sure are made by Altura. They take a wider shoe, the only problem is they don't hook on as securely as regular neoprene overshoes.
     
  11. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    :biggrin: yes you can use overshoes with normal shoes. I have been doing so for several years. What I found was I had to go up several sizes, I have been using them with steel toecapped work boots, might need a chat at the LBS to sort out what you need.
     
  12. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    Eager Sport make some nylon ones designed to be used with normal shoes.
    Overshoes
    I've been using them for the last few weeks and they work well. Don't add any warmth like the neoprene ones, but they've kept my shoes completly dry.
     
  13. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    i have been using overshoes over an old pair of trainers for about a year with good results. The overshoes are pulled tight and do 'ride up' (no pun intended) the side of the trainer a little but they work fine.

    For the colder days i have 4 layers around my feet

    Woolie boolie socks (brilliant)
    carrier bag
    trainer
    overshoe

    These keep me warm and mostly dry on even the worst days
     
  14. OP
    OP
    summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    How much bigger was the overshoe than your actual shoe size?
     
  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    they normally come in 'ranged' sizes, e.g. small that's 3-5, medium that's 6 - 8 and large that's 9-12. if you're say 5 get medium, and if you're 8 get large.