After getting this pair of shoe covers,
I'm wondering whether this style of closure (zipper behind the foot) is reasonable.
I suspect that after the inevitable bit of walking on grass and asphalt, they'll be too mucky, and require ongoing cleaning.
The trouble, it seems, is that they must be put on after the shoes. These shoe cover only make sense for cleated shoes. One puts on the shoes, then pulls these shoe covers over the shoes, while adjusting the neoprene so that the cleats and the heels poke through the two openings at the bottom of the shoe covers.
Another style, one with velcro closure that wraps around the foot between the heel and the cleats, seems more sensible.
That style can be worn along with regular cycling clothes. The shoes are put on later, and then it's simply a matter of pulling the velcro shut.
Can you comment? I need these covers as a solution to feet getting too cold, and nearly numb, at just 12°C/54°F. I am looking for a solution that will enable riding until freezing (then I'll park during winter).
So far I'm riding with synthetic base layers and wool (skiing) socks. I feel that switching to wool base layers and thicker wool socks will be all that's necessary to continue riding until freezing (with thin tires).
It is a very small detail, but it may be worthwhile being aware of it, at least for some.
Style 1, (the one pictured: wear shoes; pull over; zip) requires having some bench next to one's bike. Putting them on without a bench or a seat is significantly more awkward than trying to wear socks without sitting down.