Perfect Winter Footwear?

Several years ago, I gave up using clipless pedals. There was nothing wrong with them but I was looking for a simpler solution to riding a bike. I now commute to work year around and I have tried several different approaches to winter cycling shoes. I needed them to be

  • Waterproof — here in MD, we get a lot of wet roads in the winter usually with a snow fall quickly followed by melting snow.
  • Windproof — bike specific shoes can be nice with a firm sole but 99% of them come with mesh tops. Mesh tops suck in the winter time because they are cold. I wear thick socks but I had no interest in goretex or other unnatural sock to keep my feet warm.
  • Walkable and preferably not too dorky…

After several failed selections, this winter I am trying out LL Bean boot (actually a shoe). This shoe has been a great find. It is comfortable, easy to get on, easy to walk in and very comfortable to mash1 on my Atlantis’ Velo-Orange Touring pedals.
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1 — mash is a relative reference here. No one is going to confuse me with Lance Armstrong. More like Greg LeMond now…

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One thought on “Perfect Winter Footwear?

  1. I’m still waiting for my back-ordered pair of duck boots to arrive. There’s always next winter I guess. Glad to hear they’re serving you well so far.

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