Wet feet

I’m sat at my desk trying to ignore my feet, which are both wet and cold!

I thought I had dressed for the wet weather when I set off for work this morning. I had my waterproof jacket and trousers on, and a baseball cap to keep the rain from my eyes. But I now realise that I hadn’t paid enough attention to my shoes.

I’ve written before about the challenges of trying to keep your feet dry on a bike, but I seem not to be able to follow my own advice. I guess I could use shoe covers, but they’re an awful pain to put on. I guess I could use waterproof shoes, but that limits my footwear options.

About half way into the office, as I could feel the water soaking through my socks, it occurred to me that I should maybe keep a spare pair of shoes at work. I even mentally picked out the shoes that I could keep in the office. But by that point it was too late to turn back, and I knew I’d have to suffer with soggy feet for the day.

The problem with modern offices, as well, is that there’s often nowhere available to dry anything. With air conditioning keeping a room at a steady 21 degrees, there’s no radiator or heater on which to leave clothes to dry. And so I also face the prospect today of cycling home at the end of the day in my still-damp shoes and baseball cap!

Maybe in the future I should abandon all attempts at sartorial elegance, and just wear wellies. However it strikes me that they may be hard to cycling in, due the inflexibility around the ankle.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

2 thoughts on “Wet feet

  • 3 August, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I had the same predicament yesterday. But I took a simple approach: I keep a pair of shoes under my desk, and a pair of socks in the drawer. After arriving in the office, I swap both the shoes and socks, and voila!

    • 3 August, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Hi Maciej, and thanks for commenting! I had the exact same thought yesterday, and as such I brought in a spare pair of shoes and some socks this morning. Of course, it wasn’t raining today, but in future I’ll be prepared, and won’t have to spend the whole day with wet feet! Happy cycling!


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