I've not had much luck in the past with shoe covers. These finally gave out on a trip last month.
Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, it’s important to stay warm if not exactly dry when touring. I’ve worked out a pretty good system of raincoat, pants, helmet cover and gloves but I’d yet to settle on a satisfactory way to keep my feet comfortable. Over the last couple of years I’ve gone through at least 4 different brands of shoe covers. They all worked ok in the beginning. They made my feet sort of warm but didn’t keep out the wet. It hadn’t been the best solution, but one I could live with. The biggest gripe I had was that they didn’t last. After just a few trips, the soles would begin to fray, zippers would break and holes would appear at stress points.
A couple of weeks ago my latest shoe covers gave up the ghost during a cold November trip on Orcas Island in the San Juan’s. I was putting them on in camp and the zipper broke rendering them pretty much useless.
So I started looking around for replacements and came across what looked like a good fit: the Showers Pass Touring Shoe Covers. Normally, I’d think twice about paying $70 for shoe covers, but these were on sale for half price, just $35. I ordered them on-line and they arrived in the mail in a couple of days.
I found these Showers Pass Touring Shoe Covers on sale for $35.
Before I even tried them out in the rain, I could tell they were the best covers I’d ever laid my hands on. Most other models are made of a stretchy fabric that fits tightly over the shoe, which means you have to wrestle them on. They’re so snug that it’s a real hassle to get them zipped up and the stress that's put on the seams, material and closures results in failure after a short time.
Not so with the Showers Pass. They’re loose enough that I was able to slide them right on with no more struggle than it takes to get into a pair of bedroom slippers. They fit easily over my street shoes, then, snug down with an ingenious set of hook and loop straps that I was able to adjust to my own preference.
And this, I think, is the key to durability. Because the Showers Pass are made of a tough non-stretchy material, they don't suffer from the stress-related problems of those other shoe covers.
But the real test came the next day when I ventured out into a Seattle gully-washer. I rode about 15 miles in the downpour and my feet stayed perfectly dry. It was cold but my dogs were nice and toasty. The Showers Pass shoe covers don’t look like they’re all that breathable, and for some this might be a problem, but for me, it’s heaven-sent. My feet tend to run a little cold and I’m willing to compromise ventilation for warmth.
The Showers Pass Touring Shoe Covers fit over the whole shoe like galoshes. They have a rubberized sole with no opening for cleats. I don't think that will be a problem since I'm trending away from cleats anyway.
They go on loose, then snug up with a cool hook and loop system.
Time will tell whether these shoe covers will hold up over the long run. They're well made so prospects look promising, and I'll keep you posted when I've had the chance to give them the test of time.
My experience with Showers Pass gear has been excellent; so far my new shoe covers are living up to my high expectations and, by the way, they're easily worth $70. At $35 they're a steal.