'A swimming cap, for your shoes...'
These are the best fitting overshoes that I have used to date.
They are also, the most elastic shoe covers: the two attributes go hand-in-hand, I guess.
They are the most elastic, because they are made of elastic, or at least rubber: VeloToze are effectively a latex swimming cap, for your cycling shoes!
When this product first arrived on the scene, I was a little dubious. Perhaps because I have never been much of a fan of swimming, even less so the idea of pulling a latex skull cap over your head. Surely it would be sweaty, uncomfortable and easily ripped? I have been proven wrong... VeloToze might effectively be a latex outer-sock for your cycling shoes, but they perform incredibly well!
Simple protection and performance
A latex swimming cap has two basic functions: to protect your head from the wet and cold, and to streamline your silhouette in the water. They perform those two functions admirably; in a compact, inexpensive and very simple design. Whether you are a Pro IRONMAN or a Women’s Institute Swim Club member, the latex swim cap remains pretty universally popular!
When you think about it, the demands of an overshoe for cycling, are very similar. You want something that will protect your feet and shoes from the rain, wind and road grime; whilst also smoothing out the profile of your constantly rotating feet, to provide a more aerodynamic shape. In addition, overshoes take quite a bit of abuse; so something that is inexpensive, simple to use, and doesn't have too many bells-and-whistles, is beneficial. When you think about it, the California-based veloToze guys, are onto something with this design!
After several weeks of testing, veloToze have proven themselves to me. They have shown that they are easy to use, comfortable to wear, lightweight, protective, and surprisingly durable.
I have worn them in sub-10 degrees Celsius, and they have protected my feet from wind-chill and wet roads. I have worn them on dark evening commutes, and the bold colours have undoubtedly increased my road presence. I have worn them, a lot; and I have yet to wear them out.
It is a simple design, but it really does work. They are waterproof, windproof and aerodynamic; whilst still being compact and lightweight enough that you can stuff them in your jersey pocket.
They are incredibly simple, and don't have any added-extras like Velcro, reflective detailing or zippers. However, because of this, they are inexpensive: coming in at less than £15 RRP per pair.
In moderate temperatures, they have proven to be a great shoe cover choice. Whilst your feet might get a little sweaty if things do heat up, they will remain warm, comfortable, and protected from the elements throughout even the longest ride.
They are lasting surprisingly well, too. I have worn mine for over 25 rides to date, with no sign of them ripping or falling apart. Much like a swim cap, these aren't designed to last forever, but then they are a lot less money and bulk than a pair of more durable neoprene booties.
To sum up, veloToze have surprised me, and have proven themselves to be a very versatile product.
OK, so if you someone whose feet turn to ice on their rides; or if you are looking for deep-winter protection from the cold, these are not the right shoe covers for you. However, if you want a set of overshoes that will protect your feet and shoes from the wind, rain and dirt this springtime; without breaking the bank, and without looking and feeling clumpy; these, will almost certainly fit the bill.
They are simple, and effective. Providing both protection and performance.
Check out the VeloToze Tall Overshoes here.
How to put on your VeloToze Shoe Covers
Due to the flexible design, there is a method for getting your VeloToze on:
1: Put on your normal cycling socks first (no shoes at this stage)
2: Pull the shoe cover on, like a sock
3: Put your foot through the large cleat hole. Now put on your shoes
4: Pull the VeloToze cover over the heel of your shoe FIRST, then the toe. Take care the first few times of putting them on, as they can tear if snagged on a cleat or over stretched. If you are off the bike and walking around, just unhook the cover from the toe of the shoe and roll it back, to avoid scuffing and tearing on the toe end
5: Adjust around ankle, cleats and heel pad. Ensure no part of shoe covers are over the cleats or heel pad. Ensure the top of your shoe cover is against your skin, and not over your cycling socks, or water may enter the shoe cover.
6: Hey presto you are ready to roll!