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Performance Brand Toe Booties - experiences?(13 posts)

Performance Brand Toe Booties - experiences?UncleMoe
Nov 18, 2002 10:52 AM
Searched the archives and didn't see aything. Anyone use the "Performance Toe Booties" pictured below?

I tried the calientoes and hind toe jammers and don't particularly like way the go on. The performance toe booties sort of wedge onto the front and then wrap around the back of the shoe and stay snug with velcro.

The one thing I'm concerned with is the wrap around part in the back either "riding up" onto the back part of ankle, or falling down off the back of the shoe.
re: Performance Brand Toe Booties - experiences?bikedodger
Nov 18, 2002 11:08 AM
I've been using a pair of them almost daily for my commute and weekend rides over the last month. I have had no problems with them slipping either up or down. I was orignally concerned that with my size 11 shoes, that the Velcro would not hold, but they have been working great.

Nov 18, 2002 11:12 AM
I just might be picking up a pair at lunch!

What temps do you ride in? Are they helping with the cold feet? I would be using them in 35-45 degree weather.
They work well for me into the 30sbikedodger
Nov 18, 2002 11:30 AM
It was 28 this AM and they worked well enough on my morning commute of 6 miles. My feet were cool, but not cold.

I like thempmf1
Nov 18, 2002 11:27 AM
They're good for cool, but not cold weather. They stay put, no riding up or down. You wrap them around your shoe and they velcro shut. Easy to get on and off. You can take them off while riding and stuff them in your pocket.

I generally wear them out pretty quickly, but I find them to be worth it.
Opposite experienceFez
Nov 18, 2002 12:04 PM
Agree with Mr. PMF that they are good for cool, but not cold weather. They can be easily stored in a bag or pocket if necessary. They make the biggest difference if you have heavily vented or mesh road shoes. They will make less of a difference if you have full leather shoes.

However, I find that they do ride up and they do not really stay put. The biggest problem with them is when they move around they can start rubbing against the crank.

Obviously your experience will depend on riding style, shoes and pedals.
How big are your feet?pmf1
Nov 18, 2002 12:52 PM
Mine are 11. I'd guess bigger feet help as do big shoes -- I use Carnac.

I've also found that if you have the velcro seals meet on the outside of your shoe (unlike what is shown in the picture) instead of the inside, they stay put better.

Yeah, over an hout of riding, they may need to be adjusted once or twice, but I can do it on the bike and don't think its that big of a deal. A lot less hassle than neoprene booties.
How big are your feet?Fez
Nov 18, 2002 2:49 PM
Medium size; approx U.S. 9-10. But Time shoes are pretty thin, hence the slippage. Also most of the surfaces on the shoe (toe, sides, sole) are slippery.

And yes, the Velcro seals are on the outside. I use them above 55 degrees.

Anything colder and I use a homemade WINDBLOC bootie with velcro closure (perfect fit w/ no adjustments). Smartwool socks help instead of Coolmax.

When it gets real cold I use a neoprene boot or I stay inside and drink a forty ouncer in front of the TV.
40 oz.UncleMoe
Nov 18, 2002 3:04 PM
Budweisser is making a 64 oz now. I've gone up to that!

I didn't really think about it, but I have a 12 year old wetsuit laying around that I suppose I could cut up and make something myself. Looks easy enough and I've got a bunch of velcro at home that I've used to make custom light mounts with too.

Oh wait, even better, my wife has an old pair of neoprene booties for scuba diving that she probably can't even remember having, and I could just cut off the toes section and make a whole for the cleats. But they are neon blue. Would that be poor form?
40 oz.Fez
Nov 18, 2002 3:13 PM
Good luck with neoprene. Neoprene looked hard to work with so I decided to buy a pair at the store because it was cheap and it came with a rubber sole on the bottom.

OTOH, working with Polartec Windbloc was easy and I could make a perfect fit over my shoes and get an easy velcro closure at the back of the heel.

The problem with a 64oz beer is keeping the 2nd half cold while you're drinking it from the bottle. It just isn't the same if you pour it in a glass.
I Love BeerMasonJ
Nov 18, 2002 4:03 PM
And would not have any problems downing a 64 oz beer. Makes it easier than having to open five cans if you look at it that away!
Mason J
Good product.Sintesi
Nov 18, 2002 12:04 PM
When it got really cold I used them with my shoe covers for truly exceptional wind protection. One suggestion, don't walk in them, the toe will wear a hole pretty quick.
Like everything else with Performances name on it...MasonJ
Nov 18, 2002 3:57 PM
They suck. You are right about the one thing you are concerned about and that is the velcro. It has a tendency to hit the crank up and ride upward. I would get a pair of SIDIs or another high quality brand. Take these things back if you have already bought them.