How to keep your feet dry

By | 14 February, 2013

If, like me, you cycle all year round, in all weathers, then you probably already have a decent set of waterproofs. But what do you do to keep your feet dry?

I’ve got a decent cycling jacket. I’ve got a set of waterproof trousers. I’ve also got various gloves, scarves and hats that help keep out the rain and cold. But when I go out on the bike, my feet still get wet.

This is a dilemma that faces many people who cycle in normal clothes. They can protect pretty much every part of the body from the wet, except it seems, the feet. Myself, I have a pair of Goretex runners which are pretty good at keeping out the wet – but most of my cycling these days is to and from work in smart shoes, I don’t want to carry a spare set of shoes and socks and change at my destination.

Ideally I need something to wrap around my normal shoes that will keep them dry – and perhaps also stop the wind whistling up my trouser legs.

I’d been aware for a while that the lycra-clad cyclists had a solution – they have closely fitting covers specially made for their clip-on cycling shoes. But those covers don’t seem suitable for ‘normal’ shoes. I need something that would fit over both runners and work shoes.

Agu Bike Boots

Agu Bike Boots

And I think I’ve maybe found the answer, in the shape of Agu Bike Boots. They claim to be designed to fit over normal shoes, which seems ideal. The reviews on Wiggle are bit mixed, and so I’m worried if they’ll fit – but at €22 for the pair, it’s worth giving them a try, especially if they help save my work shoes from utter destruction in the rain.

The order is en route from Wiggle at the moment, and I’ll update this post again once I’ve had the chance to use them.

Author: 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

3 thoughts on “How to keep your feet dry

  1. Richard Bloomfield

    Wouldn’t you know it? I bought these things, and pretty-much ever since we’ve had dry weather in Dublin, and I haven’t had a chance to try them out!

  2. Gavan Quinlan

    Any news on these? Plenty of wet days since March! Just picked up a pair myself, will be using these over goretex cycling shoes, so expecting lots! My old overshoes just failed on letting water in over the top – these look perfect!

    1. Richard Bloomfield

      To be honest with you, I don’t bother that much with them. I find them a bit fiddly to put on, and so only use them on the worst of days. However when I do use them they certainly do the job!


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