They’re Shimano MW 60 boots by the way.
I was out yesterday in the rain for a few hours. There’s a lot of water about and it rained for about half the time. At the finish of the ride my feet felt damp but warm – I had a pair of Sealskinz socks on inside them, which may help keep my feet dry but which I don’t think are very warm.
They have a pretty nondescript sole, a bit of grip (more around the heel then the toe) but no studs. They come “cleat ready” so no messing with pulling out the sole to put the screw plate in and there’s plenty of adjustment to ensure the cleat is in the correct fore/aft position.
They are a comfy fit, with plenty of space in the toe box. I think this room is essential – tight toes are cold toes. And, of course, this means space for a thick sock or two which you need at this time of year.
There’s a neoprene cuff to the boot with a velcro fastening and three velcro straps making it easy to get your fat, be-socked foot in.
So how do they perform?
Well, there’s the standard problem. You splash through a puddle, stream or whatever, water floods over the top of your foot and ankle, and even if the boot is watertight you get water coming down your leg and into the boot below the cuff. I don’t think there’s a solution to this problem apart from gaiters, which are not really cycle friendly.
First impressions are my feet will stay warm and dry(ish) for an hour or two, but eventually they will get wet and consequently cold.
I’ll let you know how I get on the next time it rains.