If you intend to ride your bike through the winter, you need the right footwear. Thankfully, these days there is a great selection of winter cycling shoes available to keep you on the saddle no matter how cold and wet it gets. Here at Bikester, we have a comprehensive range of winter shoes for all types of cycling, available at great prices and with excellent payment and shipping options.
Why buy winter bike shoes?
While cycling, the feet are the first place you feel the cold. Because they stay in a relatively static position, especially when using clipless pedals, keeping them warm is harder than other parts of the body. This problem is dramatically exacerbated in very cold weather, and not having the correct footwear can make rides miserable. Even if you thought normal cycling shoes and overshoes were enough, once you try proper winter shoes, you’ll never go back - the difference can be night and day. Although they’re generally more expensive than regular cycling shoes, after buying, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t buy a pair years ago.
The different types of winter cycling shoes
Like most cycling clothing and accessories, winter shoes are available in a variety of different styles. As with jackets, pants and jerseys, cycling shoes are most-easily categorised in terms of their intended use:
Winter shoes for road cycling/cyclocross
Winter shoes for mountain biking
Most casual-looking winter shoes for mountain biking – suitable for ‘freeride’ mountain biking, downhill and BMX
Naturally, you are not limited to using these shoes only for their intended application – for example, many shoes available that are designed for mountain biking make perfect winter commuting, road cycling or gravel riding shoes – depending on which type of pedal system you run on your bike. Let’s have a closer look at the various things to consider when buying winter shoes:
As mentioned, winter shoes are available in various styles:
Road winter shoes usually have more aerodynamic design and are designed to be fitted with road cleats for road pedals (ie. not mountain biking SPD cleats).
Mountain biking winter shoes are usually a little chunkier, less aerodynamic, and often come fitted with soles that allow walking. Naturally, they usually accommodate SPD cleats.
To the untrained eye, freeride/downhill/bmx winter shoes represent regular sneakers, but are equipped with features that make them more suitable to harsher winter conditions.
For winter cycling shoes, the right materials are extremely important. All shoes feature a waterproof membrane and specially-developed material designed to keep the water and cold out. Gore-Tex is very often used here, as well as neoprene, plastic shell materials, fleece or a combination thereof.
Aside from the special materials used, many winter shoes also have additional features to keep the elements out. These can include reinforced uppers, fleecy insoles and interiors and extended ankles and heel caps for further insulation.
Waterproof shoes at Bikester
Bikester offers a great range of winter cycling shoes for all types of riding and by different brands including Sidi, Northwave or Mavic. Browse our comprehensive selection from the comfort of your own home without risking disappointment at your local bike shop. Shopping with us means hassle-free, speedy delivery, easy price comparisons and great customer service.