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MTB winter shoes (BMX pedals)

Catrin2011-10-13 09:24:46 +0000 #1
Any suggestions on good MTB shoes for the winter? I won't be clipping in for at least another year, and last winter I had a major problem with cold feet for road riding. Due to injuries I rode BMX pedals all of last winter on the road. A larger problem than cold feet (which I can solve with covers and chemical warmers) was finding a stiff enough hiking shoe that didn't tear my toenails up from there not being enough room for my toes.

Any suggestions on what has worked for others would be greatly appreciated. I am going to try shoe covers and chemical warmers for road riding this winter, I do have Frogs on my Gunnar and SPD (currently) on the LHT.

So far all of the hiking shoes I can find have too much ventilation for winter riding, and as I remember I had the same problem last year...
indysteel2011-10-13 09:36:47 +0000 #2
It's environmentally unfriendly, but I'm just going to use chemical warmers and wool socks with my hiking shoes. My guess is that I won't be out there much anyway past late November/early December, i.e., after it's cold enough to freeze the ground but before we start to get much in the way of snow and ice.
indysteel2011-10-13 09:51:13 +0000 #3
But if you really want a winter-specific shoes, just look for a winter hiking boot. Most of the major brands offer an insulated boot. As for having enough room in your toe box, I size up at least one full size for my athletic and hiking shoes, and always have enough room.
Catrin2011-10-13 10:24:51 +0000 #4
Of course it depends on the winter, but I will head south at all opportunities to ride

The problem is my hiking shoes, which fit me perfectly well, tore my feet up on the bike last winter and I am trying to prevent a repeat. Just curious if others have used other types of shoes when riding BMX pedals for winter mountain biking...

My feet also blister easily so have had a problem with this when sizing up... I've been wondering if a hiking boot would be flexible enough. Perhaps that is a silly question

I DO tend to over-think...which probably isn't a surprise to my patient fellow TE members...
indysteel2011-10-13 10:32:33 +0000 #5
In sizing up, the shoes still have to fit me in that they do not slip in the back and cannot be too wide in the forefoot, while still offering room in the toe box. Same with my running shoes. There's no way that I could wear the same size that I do in street shoes--at least not without killing some toe nails. I have to wonder whether you just haven't found the right shoe for your foot. Go to Rusted Moon in Broad Ripple (or REI when they open up) and try on a bunch. I cannot buy hiking or running shoes without trying them out first, even with brands that normally work for me.
Catrin2011-10-13 10:09:55 +0000 #6
I've never been able to find a hiking shoe that fits like that. It sounds like I just need to go to either Rusted Moon (and there is an REI store opening here?) and just talk to their staff and not to start with some preconceived opinion on which brand of shoe will fit the best. I AM hard to fit in shoes as my feet are a bit narrow and long at the same time...
jessmarimba2011-10-13 10:36:38 +0000 #7
Catrin, I have similar problems with running shoes, and there are ways to lace them so that your foot can't slip forward into the extra room in the toe box. Maybe the lacing tricks will help you? This website might help describe what I'm thinking of... www.fieggen.com/shoelace/locklacing.htm

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