During cold weather riding it's hard to keep your feet warm in your summer cycling shoes. Winter cycling can take its toll on your toes and it's nice to have waterproof and windproof cycling overshoes to take the edge off the winter bite.

Here in Asheville, NC., we have a long season to ride with minimal cold. But when it gets cold in the mountains, I start to get antsy about wearing cycling shoe covers or toe covers. My feet need protection from the wind and water.

Let's take a look at some of the best cycling overshoes and shoe covers that will help keep your feet and keep your toes warm this winter.

Consider this your ultimate buyer's guide to the best cycling overshoes.

First off: What are Overshoes?

Cycling overshoes are simply shoe covers that are made to go over your regular cycling shoes during the winter. They come in different styles and materials, but the main purpose is to keep your feet warm and dry during wet and cold weather rides.

Some overshoes have a waterproof membrane like Gore-Tex or eVent, offering water resistance, while others are made of water resistant materials such as thick neoprene overshoes. Waterproof fabric is a must.

Most have some form of insulation to help keep your feet warm, whether it's fleece-lined or heavy duty windproof fabric. This is good protection from the elements the material and will provide extra warmth.

Many overshoes also have reflective details to help improve your visibility in low light conditions. This is especially important during the shorter days of winter.

Do I need overshoes for cycling?

If you're riding in cold or wet weather conditions, then cycling overshoes can make a big difference in terms of comfort and performance. They'll help keep your feet warm and dry, which will improve blood circulation and prevent numbness.

They can also protect your shoes from road spray and rain, which can help prolong the life of your shoes.

When should I wear overshoes?

The best time to wear overshoes is during colder weather rides when there's a chance of rain or snow. You don't want your feet to get wet with water ingress into your regular cycling shoes. They can also be helpful on windy days to keep your feet warm and protected from the elements and cold temperature.

How do I choose the right overshoes?

There are a few things to consider when choosing the right overshoes for your rides.

First, consider the conditions you'll be riding in. If you're mostly riding in wet weather, then you'll want a pair of waterproof overshoes. If you're riding in cold weather, then you'll want a pair of insulated overshoes. Overshoes are made for this!

Second, consider the type of shoes you're wearing. If you're wearing road cycling shoes with recessed cleats, then you'll want to make sure the overshoes you choose are compatible with those cleats. Some overshoes have openings for cleats, while others are designed to be used with flats or mountain bike shoes.

Third, think about how easy it is to get the overshoes on and off. If you're wearing them for commuting or shorter rides, then you'll want a pair that's easy to take on and off. Some overshoes have Velcro closures, while others have zippers.

Finally, consider the style of the overshoes. If you want something that looks good with your cycling kit, then choose a pair that matches your style.

Now that we know what they are, let's take a look at some of the best cycling overshoes for winter riding.

Lake overshoes

Lake MXZ400 Winter Cycling Shoe Cover

The Lake MXZ400 Winter Overshoe is a great option for those looking for a waterproof and insulated overshoe. It's made with a waterproof and breathable stretch neoprene upper, and has a 200 gram insulation liner to keep your feet warm. The toe area is reinforced with Kevlar to help protect your shoes from wear and tear.


Fizik  overshoes


Fizik Terra ARTICA X2

The Fizik Terra ARTICA X2 All-Road Overshoe is a great option for those who want a waterproof and insulated overshoe that's compatible with road cleats. It's made with a waterproof and breathable eVent upper, and has a 200 gram insulation liner to keep your feet warm. The toe area is reinforced with Kevlar to help protect your shoes from wear and tear. The overshoe also has reflective details to help improve your visibility in low light conditions.


Gore  overshoes


Gore C5 Gore Windstopper Overshoes

The Gore C5 Gore Windstopper Overshoes are a great option for those who want a windproof and water resistant overshoe. They're made with a Gore Windstopper upper that's windproof and water resistant, and have a fleece lining to keep your feet warm. The overshoes also have reflective details to help improve your visibility in low light conditions.


Bontrager overshoes


Bontrager Rally WSD Shoe Cover

The Bontrager Rally WSD Overshoe is a great option for those who want an easy to take on and off overshoe. It has a stretchy neoprene upper that's easy to pull on and off, and has a Velcro closure at the ankle to help keep it in place. The overshoe also has reflective details to help improve your visibility in low light conditions.



SealSkinz Dragon Eye Waterproof Shoe Cover

If you're looking for a waterproof overshoe that doesn't sacrifice breathability, the SealSkinz Dragon Eye Shoe Cover is a great option. It features a water resistant and breathable stretch fabric upper, and has a Kevlar reinforced toe area. The SealSkinz Dragon Eye also has an adjustable Velcro strap closure for a secure fit.


Endura overshoes


Endura Freezing Point Winter Cycling Overshoe Booties

If you're looking for a warm and waterproof overshoe, the Endura Freezing Point Bootie is a great option. It's made with a waterproof and breathable neoprene upper, and has a 200 gram insulation liner to keep your feet warm. The overshoe also has an adjustable Velcro strap closure for a secure fit.


Castelli overshoes


Castelli ROS 2 Shoecover Cycling Shoe Covers

The Castelli ROS 2 Shoe Cover is a great option for those looking for an aerodynamic overshoe. It's made with a water resistant and breathable neoprene upper, and has an aerodynamic fit. The overshoe also has reflective details to help improve your visibility in low light conditions.


Pearl-Izumi overshoes


PEARL IZUMI PRO Barrier WxB Shoe Cover

The PEARL IZUMI PRO Barrier WxB Shoe Cover is a great option for those looking for a waterproof and breathable overshoe. It's made with a water resistant and breathable neoprene upper, and has an adjustable Velcro strap closure for a secure fit. The overshoe also has reflective details to help improve your visibility in low light conditions.


Conclusion

There are a lot of great cycling overshoes and shoe covers on the market to choose from. When making your decision, it's important to consider the features that are most important to you such as waterproofing, insulation, breathability, and durability. With so many great options available, you're sure to find the perfect pair of overshoes for your winter riding needs.