Winter riding presents some unique challenges, the most basic of which may be how to keep your feet warm and dry. While shoe and toe covers, combined with wool socks and gators, can help there are new options for riders looking for serious protection from the rain and cold.
Cycling-specific winter boots, like the Enduro Trail MW7 off-road boot from Shimano, are designed for comfort, control and stability. A waterproof GORE-TEX insulated liner, fleece insole, high cuff and lace shield maximize heat retention while keeping moisture out. A rubber outer sole grip in wet and slippery conditions, perfect for when you need to hike your bike (or just walk to the car).
While technically a men’s shoe, we purchased a pair for myself and my wife. While my wife’s shoes fit perfectly (she’s a size 9, wearing a 41), I found the shoes to be too wide (46 for size 11). That being said, testing the boots during our area’s recent snow storms, my wife and I found the shoes lived up to expectations, keeping feet warm and dry, whether pedaling around the woods, running through the snow, or slogging through slush.
The Shimano MW7 off-road shoes are available to order through the Velo Studio, or on Amazon.com.
Additional options for those looking to keep their feet toasty warm during the winter:
Lake MXZ 303 Winter Boots
$239.96 – $299.99 – Amazon
Louis Garneau 0 degrees LS-100 Mountain Bike Shoes
$169.95 – $200.00 – Amazon