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My frozen toes cry out for originality(16 posts)

My frozen toes cry out for originalitycory
Nov 1, 2002 9:06 AM
OK, so here's the problem: I wear size 15 (Euro 50) shoes, which is about as big as bike shoes come. Got plenty of those, no problem. But they're all conventional summer footwear, breathable, with mesh and whatnot.
I'm going to ride through the winter this year (instead of just promising to). So:
--Thick socks won't fit inside. The biggest shoes available (except for $180 Sidis; no way) will just cover my feet in thin socks.
--Nobody makes shoe covers big enough, at least that I've found, and I've tried a bunch.
--The old plastic bag trick makes my feet sweat after about five minutes. Might as well have them sticking out in the wind.
In the past, I've used platform pedals with whatever boot/sock combo the occasion requires, and I can always do that this year. But if anybody has any ideas (homemade shoe covers?), pass them along. The little piggy that had roast beef will thank you.
Sounds like $180 Sidis would go long way to avoid headaches.(nm)onespeed
Nov 1, 2002 9:13 AM
Silk sock linersDave Hickey
Nov 1, 2002 9:15 AM
They are very thin liners made from silk. You can buy them at any Ski store. They work for me
re: My frozen toes cry out for originalityMJ
Nov 1, 2002 9:29 AM
maybe this is a crazy suggestion - but why not have someone (a tailor/cobbler/seamstress - if such a thing exists where you are) make some neoprene booties - you supply the fabric - they do the stitching and put some zippers on - when you're an unusual size bespoke clothing is a necessity...

it's gotta be cheaper than $180 sidi's

if it works you can go in to business catering to the tall and large cyclist - though I'll want IP rights - and have saved this post to my hard drive should I ever have to prove it :-)
How about --Gregory Taylor
Nov 1, 2002 9:42 AM
A couple of thoughts --

- the "plastic bag" trick with a difference: wool socks. Wool continues to insulate when wet. I use relatively thin "Smartwool" socks. They rock. Wool next to skin, windlayer over it, then the shoe.

- Goretex sock: I use a set of these over my wool socks. Thinner than a big thick sock, so it might work.

- homemade shoe covers: I have a riding buddy that made up a really neat set of toe covers that could be the ticket. Using a platform pedal with toeclips/straps, he sewed up a "pocket" out of some thick nylon that slips over the front of the toe clip. The cover stays attached to the pedal (the strap runs around the "mouth" of the pocket like a draw string), and you slip your feet in and out normally. He says that it works well, and we do ride in all sorts of weather.
re: My frozen toes cry out for originalityCHRoadie
Nov 1, 2002 9:55 AM
Have you tried just toe warmers? They might stretch better, since they only have to cover half your foot.
Goretex socks?PdxMark
Nov 1, 2002 10:06 AM
I've started trying them this winter. So far so good. They are unlined, but cut the wind and water very well. I wear a smartwool sock inside them. Sizes might be limited in cycling-specific versions, but hunting or other outdoor stores might have some big enough for you. If not, maybe a small women's jacket for each foot? :)
Wife had solution for me...Fez
Nov 1, 2002 10:18 AM
She created some homemade shoe covers. Black Polartec Windbloc fabric, custom made to my shoes, velcro closures. Doesn't get any better than that!

She also made me a skullcap/hat that covers the ears and fits under the helmet. Used a thin fleece w/ stretch lycra built in to the fabric.

The clincher is she genuinely enjoyed doing it! I think she just wanted to show off her talents. Either way, I'm grateful.

Now only if she knew how to weld Titanium tubes together...
This will help a little.Sintesi
Nov 1, 2002 10:18 AM
combine it with wool socks and the gore tex liner socks. Might work until it gets really cold.
This will help a little.pmf1
Nov 1, 2002 10:49 AM
These work pretty well in cool weather. I go through a pair every year. SInce we've jumped from summer to winter here in DC in about 6 days' time, I'll probably just go right to my neprene booties tomorrow.

Cory -- buy some booties (or don't they come in clown size?). Also, chemical toe warmers sold at outdoor camp stores work pretty well. They do last 5-6 hours. Not worth it for commuting, but for longer rides they are.
neoprene toe covers?ThirtyFive
Nov 1, 2002 11:09 AM
or are they only big enough for your big toe? performance has some from hind. keeps the wind out but wont make you sweat. easy to use too. i dont even have to take them off to get out of my shoes
There are also "shoe bras"Sintesi
Nov 1, 2002 11:49 AM
they go over the front and top of your shoe and wrap around the back with a velcro fastener. I own a pair and they work well. I combine them with booties when it gets nasty. Well, back when I would actually ride when it got nasty I would.
Some great ideas in there--thanks (more)cory
Nov 1, 2002 11:04 AM
There's a big discount fabric store right next to my office. I just called over there, and they have both fabric-backed neoprene (wetsuit material) AND windblock fleece by the yard, and I inherited a sewing machine a few years ago and taught myself to use it a little. If I come up with a miracle, I'll post details for the gifted-of-foot.
Castelli's fit my size 50 SidiPsalm 147-10_11
Nov 1, 2002 11:38 AM
I've had a lot more trouble finding shoes to fit my size 50 feet than covers to fit over the shoes. The neoprene covers stretch and fit over my shoes okay. I've used several brands with mixed results. The zippers on Pearlizumi covers ripped after a season. Years ago, I bought some covers that had a velcro back that worked real well, but I haven't seen them for sale in some time. Lately, I've been wearing Castelli covers and they work great, and look pretty good too. I bought mine at my LBS in a size XL.
There ya go Corypmf1
Nov 1, 2002 11:46 AM
Pretty stylin -- esp if you have a red or yellow bike. Get some chemical feet warmers and you're good to go.
This person makes custom toe/shoe covers,RickC5
Nov 1, 2002 12:13 PM
and is a professional seamstress to boot.

E-mail her and see if she can make something for you. Her prices are very affordable.