Keeping your fingers and toes warm on a winter ride can be the difference between enjoyment and just wanting to get home. A good pair of overshoes can help keep your feet toasty and allow you to carry on riding in the worst of the winter weather

Second perhaps only to numb fingers, getting cold toes is a sure fire way to ruin any winter ride. As the temperature drops towards zero, it’s essential to keep your toes warm and the best way to do that is with a decent pair of overshoes.

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There are several features to take into account when choosing the best pair of overshoes for you: chiefly the conditions you are likely to be using them in.

If the temperature is unlikely to get too cold then lightweight oversocks are a great option as they provide plenty of breathability, and are usually cheaper too – if less resilient.

At the other end of the scale, those who plan to ride though all weathers might want to consider a thick waterproof pair. These are often constructed using Neoprene – the same fabric used on wetsuits to keep the water out. Reinforced toes and heels will help to ensure the overshoes last the test of time as these areas can wear down with repeated unclipping.

Most overshoes are compatible with all cycling pedal styles, they usually come with a cut out section with reinforced stitching around the edge, to allow pedal and cleat to connect. Some lightweight oversocks come with this sealed, for you to cut your own hole.

Other features to look for are taped seams, and reflective aids – always good additions when it comes to winter riding.


What to look for in cycling overshoes


Our pick of the best cycling overshoes

Grip Grab Race Thermo Overshoes

Sportful Roubaix Thermal Booties

Sportful Roubaix Thermal Booties

Review score: 9/10

Constructed from 2mm waterproof Neoprene (the fabric used on wetsuits for swimming), these kept our feet dry and we rated the Kevlar heels and toes which offer reinforcement for a robust creation.

It’s worth noting that the rrp has shot up to £48 since our last review, but there are plenty of deals around and we still rate them.

See our review of the Grip Grab Race Thermo Overshoes here

Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes

Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes

Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes

Review score: 9/10

Constructed from Profila Wind fabric, these overshoes are lightweight, windproof and water resistant. Ideal for the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring, we found these warm enough for winter. Not only that, a tight aero fit means that though they’re a little tricky to get on and off, they can double up as aero aids for summer time trials too.

Read our review of the BontragerRXL Windshell overshoes here

Endura Road II overshoes

Endura Road II overshoes

Endura Road II overshoes

Review score: 10/10

Was there ever a time that these were not a staple item on the rails of every bike shop in the UK from September until March?

Created using 90 per cent wetsuit-worthy Neoprene and 10 per cent Nylon, these are hardwearing overshoes which provide protection from the elements. A welded centre keeps the construction smooth and seam free, and the Neoprene meets butts behind the zip to improve tightness. Kevlar stitching keeps them robust and there’s a crank rub protection point.

Check out our review of the Endura Road II overshoes here

SealSkinz Waterproof Cycle Over Sock

SealSkinz Waterproof Cycle Over Sock

SealSkinz Waterproof Cycle Oversocks

Review score: 9/10

If you don’t want to pull on a thick and heavy layer, then this option from SealSkins is a nice compromise.

Created from a totally waterproof and windproof fabric, they’ll keep the water out but are lightweight and therefore breathable so that the risk of overheating is thrown out the window. We liked how easy there were to pull on and off, too. It’s worth noting that these won’t keep your feet warm in the depths of winter though – they’re more suited to the shoulder seasons.

Check out our review of the SealSkinz Waterproof Cycle Overshoes here

Sportful Roubaix Thermal Booties

Sportful Roubaix Thermal Booties

Sportful Roubaix Thermal Booties

Review score: 10/10

A solid winter companion, these fleece lined overshoes feature a softshell front for windproofing, with Neoprene side panels which provide protection from the rain and extra stretch. They’ve got reflective piping and graphics, with a tab to help you pull them on, too.

Read our full review of the Sportful Roubaix Thermal booties here

If, like us, you do the majority of your riding under the constant threat of rain, a fair threat of snow and likely freezing temperatures then a set of all-round cycling overshoes that will keep out the elements and keep you riding is essential.

  • Berth Ljunggren

    Use summer shoes, bike socks and last early morning ride, left home at 04:24am the temp was down to +1 centigrade, short one at 14.8km but my feet was very cold 🙂 no idea why 🙂

  • Chipomarc

    I’ve found that no matter how much you try to keep toes warm they will go numb on a long cold ride.

    What happens is the water in your bottles will get close to the freezing point and you therefore cool your body core so much that your system slows blood to your toes and fingers.

  • COL S. Trautman

    A lot of layers there mate!

  • nortonpdj

    Layers work best for me – winter socks, shoes with thermal insoles, belgian booties over the shoes, neoprene covers over the booties. As long as the layers are not tight all the trapped air does the job.

  • Nick

    I have the Castelli Diluvio overshoes and have found them really ill fitting and very delicate, they have quite a few holes in already underneath, really wouldn’t recommend at all