Author Topic: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling  (Read 890 times)

Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« on: September 26, 2019, 09:07:47 am »
I only have a 2 mile ride from the station to the office, but even so I don't the average pair of shoes won't last long when cycling, and it seems to be raining a lot lately  ;D

Any advice on a pair of winter friendly, fairly waterproof pair of shoes likely to survive a few months of winter cycling but are still acceptable in a smart-casual type office setting?

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2019, 09:18:48 am »
Are you looking for SPD type shoes? Or, for such a modest distance are you using flat (traditional) pedals with/without toeclips?
Help us out here!

Sent from my Moto E (4) Plus using Tapatalk

Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2019, 09:26:35 am »
These are commonly recommended:
https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s154p3382/EXUSTAR-Stelvio-SP-705

I leave a pair of office shoes under the desk and use normal cycling footwear (SPD sandals usually)
It saves sitting about all day with damp feet, should the weather be unfriendly.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2019, 09:39:10 am »
Are you looking for SPD type shoes? Or, for such a modest distance are you using flat (traditional) pedals with/without toeclips?
Help us out here!


Sorry, the latter. :D Just regular pedals and no toe clips.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 09:44:45 am »
I leave a pair of shoes at work.
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.  EOW.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2019, 09:52:54 am »
I leave a pair of shoes at work.

That may be the way to go, but just considering options.

I took a hell of a soaking the other day, but it's just left me more determined to find a way to make this work. :D

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2019, 09:53:15 am »
TBH it won't matter if your shoes are waterproof if it rains hard enough to worry about. Your trousers/skirt/tights/socks will get wet and water may soak into your shoe.

Clark's do a range of Gore-Tex lined shoes, some of which are perfectly suitable for office use. Although leather, properly polished, will work just as well for 2 miles I'd have thought.

Or just leave a pair at work, as suggested.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2019, 09:58:47 am »
If you're wearing cycling clothes for the commute, always have an emergency set of work clothes, including underwear, at work - because sooner or later, you will forget.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2019, 10:23:03 am »
I'm certainly getting some spare socks to keep at work, a full set of clothing is more trouble than I'm prepared to go to to be honest.

I'm also looking for some quick drying trousers and a damn good overcoat, but that is for another pay cheque!

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2019, 12:44:07 pm »
I'd probably leave a pair of shoes at work, whether you do or not, there's some simple overshoes that will keep normal shoes clean and delay getting wet feet.  I have some of these, but I've also seen some similar from (I think) AGU and Vaude
https://www.gbcycles.co.uk/p/37890/Eager-Waterproof-Overshoe?gclid=Cj0KCQjww7HsBRDkARIsAARsIT5_MXYq3UlhODL-jAKnp2h7R3zbU8Cq-OdZRsu-GTyGKEWIFysC3OIaAr1-EALw_wcB

EDIT - The link has limited sizes, they are available on Ebay.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2019, 02:00:37 pm »
I only have a 2 mile ride from the station to the office, but even so I don't the average pair of shoes won't last long when cycling, and it seems to be raining a lot lately  ;D

Any advice on a pair of winter friendly, fairly waterproof pair of shoes likely to survive a few months of winter cycling but are still acceptable in a smart-casual type office setting?

When I used to cycle to school all those years ago I'd select my school shoes on the thickness of the sole, the thicker the better, in the hope they'll last and more importantly avoid 'hot foot' problems.
For such a short trip a traditional cape might be better than an overcoat? Will keep the top half of your trousers dry. Knee down will still get wet though. Mudguards with a big flap on the front one will help with that.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2019, 02:18:04 pm »
I leave a pair of shoes at work.

That may be the way to go, but just considering options.

I took a hell of a soaking the other day, but it's just left me more determined to find a way to make this work. :D

Better keep a pair of socks in the drawer too.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2019, 05:08:39 pm »
It is two miles. You don't need to be riding fast.

So you can wear big waterproofs - overtrousers and jacket (I used to use a set of ex-army ones).

Footwear - Wellies in really wet weather, the short type. Waterproofs over the top.
<i>Marmite slave</i>

caerau

  • SR x 3 - PBP fail but 1090 km - hey - not too bad
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2019, 05:21:00 pm »
If you're wearing cycling clothes for the commute, always have an emergency set of work clothes, including underwear, at work - because sooner or later, you will forget.




No no no no no no no ...


er... yes... this.




 :facepalm:




And yes, I just have a pair of shoes in my office permanently.  I never cycle in my work clothes  - I use cycling clothes so that they get dirty and wet and not my 'professional' wear personally.
It's a reverse Elvis thing.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2019, 05:43:44 pm »
If you're wearing cycling clothes for the commute, always have an emergency set of work clothes, including underwear, at work - because sooner or later, you will forget.
^
This.
As I found on the very wet Monday of this week.
And I wasn't even cycling.
Just got utterly soaked on the way to the station.
A change into dry clothing, and some boot dryers inside my footwear, saved the day.

road-runner

  • is in Slovakia.
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2019, 06:21:37 pm »
With 16 years of commuting 10km each way by bike I can confirm what everyone else is saying about the British weather meaning (a) you will get wet and (b) clean, dry formal work clothing left at work can be depended upon.

caerau

  • SR x 3 - PBP fail but 1090 km - hey - not too bad
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2019, 07:26:03 pm »
If you're wearing cycling clothes for the commute, always have an emergency set of work clothes, including underwear, at work - because sooner or later, you will forget.
^
This.
As I found on the very wet Monday of this week.
And I wasn't even cycling.
Just got utterly soaked on the way to the station.
A change into dry clothing, and some boot dryers inside my footwear, saved the day.


Heh.  Try having to give a lecture to a class of students when you've forgotten to bring your trousers in.
*extremely* fortunately that day I had some waterproof overtrousers in hand or I might have been frightening off the more sensitive students.
It's a reverse Elvis thing.

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2019, 07:33:04 pm »
IME goretex shoes are great


as buckets to keep the water in, that has got in through dripping down your trousers, or from going through a puddle deeper than the shoe.  All my fell running and walking shoes are entirely water un-proof for that reason.the water just squishes out again.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Basil

  • Um....err......oh bugger!
  • Help me!
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2019, 08:56:33 pm »
These are commonly recommended:
https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s154p3382/EXUSTAR-Stelvio-SP-705

I leave a pair of office shoes under the desk and use normal cycling footwear (SPD sandals usually)
It saves sitting about all day with damp feet, should the weather be unfriendly.

This.

Why would you want to wear cycling shoes all day.  My office shoes lived at work.
Quote from: Kim
And remember that friends who organise things on Facebook aren't proper friends anyway.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2019, 09:12:53 pm »
With 16 years of commuting 10km each way by bike I can confirm what everyone else is saying about the British weather meaning (a) you will get wet and (b) clean, dry formal work clothing left at work can be depended upon.

Roughly similar experience here. I also keep a spare set of cycling gear at work so that I've got something dry to cycle home in if I get absolutely soaked on the way in (stuff dries overnight in the changing rooms at work, but not in 8-9h whilst I'm at work).

I've long since given up trying to remain dry when cycling. Focus on keeping warm even if you get soaked, it's a much better approach. Most of my wet weather cycling is in knee/leg warmers, short sleeve jersey and arm warmers.

All waterproof boots suffer from the main problem is that have to have a hole in the top for a foot to go in. Layers with big overlaps (i.e. ankle length boots and over trousers) might solve that and keep your feet dry but the rest of you is still going to get wet/damp through the remaining holes (sleeves, face/neck). What is waterproof often becomes boil in the bag, even with the expensive kit, and especially if the weather is changeable and you get a heavy shower at the start and then sunshine later on in the commute. Ain't nobody got time for the Gortex dance.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2019, 09:24:50 pm »
I don't find that it rains that much (in the south east). For a similar ride in London, I just wear office clothes and shoes. It's very rare that I need any kind of waterproof. Maybe less than once a year I'll get a serious soaking.

Previously, I commuted 5.5 miles each way between two towns. Then I did change into cycling clothing, but now the rides are so short that it's just not worth it.

Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2019, 09:56:45 pm »
For a two mile commute, assuming mudguards, tarmac and normal shoes, i'd have thought your feet might be drier than if you'd walked.

However - as above, a spare pair in a desk drawer is handy. There again, my work has just requested that people actually wear shoes in the office - so my idea of what's normal might not be aligned with yours :)

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2019, 06:55:06 am »
come work with me, I don't require shoes in my office, though you do need to put up with the noise from the utility room as swmbo walks around with her wireless headset
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2019, 08:19:26 am »
For a two mile commute, assuming mudguards, tarmac and normal shoes, i'd have thought your feet might be drier than if you'd walked.

However - as above, a spare pair in a desk drawer is handy. There again, my work has just requested that people actually wear shoes in the office - so my idea of what's normal might not be aligned with yours :)
My thoughts entirely.
While a lot of the comments here are useful stuff for longer commutes, the OP is talking about a 2 mile ride - 15 minutes at the absolute outside.
For that I'd take my chances, and wear my 'all day shoes' for the ride. If I were really worried, I'd put a pair of cheap but acceptable slip-ons in my bag if there were black clouds about.

My last job was a 45 minute hilly ride, and for that I kept a pair of shoes, and a full' change of clothes, at work (taken in on Monday, home on Friday)

Sent from my Moto E (4) Plus using Tapatalk

Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Office acceptable shoes likely to stand winter cycling
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2019, 10:08:43 am »
Put your shoes in a drawer and lock it. That way nobody will use them to get rid of their over-ripe Camembert.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.