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Keeping Feet Warm in Cold Weather

| Sock Liners | Insulating Socks | Shoe Covers | Gaiters | Chemical Heaters | Heated Insoles | Winter Cycling Shoes |

The number one thing to remember when trying to keep your feet warm while cycling, is to keep your core warm. Maintaining a warm core allows any excess heat to be sent to extremities to help keep them warm. When the body's core temperature begins to drop, the body sends the brain a signal to reduce the flow of blood to the extremities in an effort to keep the core temperature up so that vital organs are protected. To stay warm, dress appropriately for outside weather conditions. This will help maintain a warm core temperature.


Feet get cold as a result of sweat being trapped against the skin. Cold air chills the moisture. The result... cold, clammy, wind chilled feet. The best way to prevent cold feet is to layer.

Sock Liners
Cycling Sock Liner from Smartwool
Sock liners are very thin, lightweight socks specifically designed to be worn right next to the skin, under another sock. The purpose of the liner is to wick sweat away from the surface of your foot. Liners also limit the amount of abrasion between your outer sock and your skin. Most sock liners are made of CoolMax®, Polypropoylene, Wool or Silk.
Insulating Socks
Wool Cycling Sock From Sockguy
An insulating sock should be worn over the top of the sock liner. The purpose of this sock is to keep your feet warm. In order for feet to stay warm, the cyclist needs to balance the rate of heat produced by the body, with the insulation value of the socks. Insulating fibers work by trapping air. The more air that is trapped, the more efficient the insulation. Insulating fibers also work by reflecting back the body’s radiant heat. Technical winter cycling socks combine fibers that keep feet dry from the sweat that your body produces, with insulating fibers to keep feet warm. Most insulating socks are made of Wool or Fleece.


NOTE: If you are wearing regular cycling shoes in colder weather, you will have to look for thin socks or your shoes will be to tight. It is very important to keep blood flowing to your feet if they are going to stay warm. If your regular cycling shoes are to small with the added layers of socks, you should consider purchasing a new pair of shoes for winter cycling.

Shoe Covers aka "Booties"
Neoprene Bootie From Gator Sports

"Windproof" shoe covers aka "booties" help keep wind chill to a minimum especially if your cycling shoes have mesh uppers. They are made of windproof fabrics and slip over the top of your cycling shoes to prevent wind chill.

Waterproof Shoe Covers aka "Cycling Gaitors"


Gore Waterproof Cycling Gaitor

Waterproof Shoe Covers aka "Cycling Gaitors"

In addition to being wind proof- some booties are made from waterproof fabrics and are designed to keep feet warm and dry in wet and rainy conditions. Most Cycling Gaitors are made of neoprene.

NOTE: Neoprene does not breath. Wearing a neoprene bootie or neoprene toe cover over your cycling shoes, without wearing a sock liner (wicking layer against your skin) will result in wet clammy feet.
Chemical Heaters
Grabbers Chemical Foot Warmers
Chemical heaters are disposable inserts that fit into your shoes to keep feet warm. They come in many different styles such as full feet inserts or toe warmers for under $5.00. Grabber Warmers
Heated Insoles
Sidi Toasters

Several companies are now offering heated insoles that can be slipped directly into your cycling shoe to automatically control the temperature of your feet.

Companies that make heated insoles are:

Gerbing's about $60.00 per pair
Scarpa about $250.00 per pair
Sidi  about $250.00 per pair
Sidas about $55 per pair plus the battery pack. $119.95


Winter Cycling Shoes
Sidi Hydro GTX Winter Cycling Shoe
If adding layers of socks and chemical inserts to your existing shoes doesn't work, you may want to consider purchasing cycling shoes designed specifically for cold weather riding. For more information on winter cycling shoes click here!
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