Numb Feet

by IRISHCLIFF   January 11, 2014  

Just come in from a ride and feet are about to fall off. I have just bought Shimano Blaze overshoes and dont want to change, I currently use Endura Baa Baa Merino socks, and as my shoes are snug can't have two pairs on. Does anyone have recommendations of very warm socks, which aren't too thick

13 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

I was given some Vulpine long merino socks for Christmas and they are the best I've used for warmth and comfort plus they aren't very thick at all.

Follow me on-
Twitter - @StuKerton
Strava - http://www.strava.com/athletes/931095

stuke's picture

posted by stuke [300 posts]
11th January 2014 - 20:49

like this
Like (3)

I'd second the Vulpine merino. Not thick, but warm and really comfortable. Kept my feet warm on a 2 1/2 hour ride in constant rain and wind after I forgot overshoes.

Also check out these from Bontrager, great socks for long cold rides http://bontrager.com/model/11345

posted by Velo_Alex [65 posts]
11th January 2014 - 21:47

like this
Like (0)

Great tip from matt Stephens is to wrap tin foil around toes before putting in your shoes.it works a treat

posted by Shanefutcher [108 posts]
11th January 2014 - 22:28

like this
Like (5)

Mine Assos Fugu feel a similar thickness as baa baas but feel warmer.
Sure it's the cold, and not the fact a thicker sock means the shoe is a 'tighter' fit.
With over shoes I can get away with spring/autumn socks rather than winters.

glynr36's picture

posted by glynr36 [233 posts]
11th January 2014 - 22:37

like this
Like (2)

+1 for the tinfoil tootsy covers.

Socks on first followed by a wrap of tinfoil round the toes then your shoes and overshoes.

You could try this with thinner socks just in case you are already constricting the blood flow in your feet with your current socks. Lowered blood flow = colder feet.

You can also wrap more foil around the toe section of your shoes but this only makes a big difference if your overshoes aren't very windproof.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

Jack Osbourne snr's picture

posted by Jack Osbourne snr [295 posts]
11th January 2014 - 23:13

like this
Like (2)

any insulation on your feet on top of your socks would work, I rode last year's hell of ashdown with a dog poo bag on each feet in freezing conditions, all my friends complained of numb feet but mine were fine.

pants's picture

posted by pants [71 posts]
13th January 2014 - 5:59

like this
Like (3)

pants wrote:
any insulation on your feet on top of your socks would work, I rode last year's hell of ashdown with a dog poo bag on each feet in freezing conditions, all my friends complained of numb feet but mine were fine.

Many an audaxer has bagged their feet in a variety of plastics from poo bags/nappy sacs to full sized carrier bags! I also once heard a story about the bottom of plastic milk cartons cable tied to pedals to act as wind proofing for the whole front of the shoe (ingenious if true!)

I've personally ripped the corners off carrier bags in desperation and found them to be surprisingly effective as internal toe covers in the shoes. Tinfoil works better though.

The OP request though was for socks... I have a couple of pairs of fairly cheap M&S merino socks that performed well. Having looked recently the merino content has been lowered significantly but is still about the same as a lot of sport/smartwool fabric.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

Jack Osbourne snr's picture

posted by Jack Osbourne snr [295 posts]
13th January 2014 - 11:08

like this
Like (1)

Silk sock liners, no matter how snug your shoes are there's probably space for them. Less than a Tenner for a pair designed for skiing from decathlon.

posted by FMOAB [219 posts]
14th January 2014 - 1:05

like this
Like (0)

It's also worth considering better leg insulation; keep the limbs warm and you're more likely to keep the extremities at a comfortable temperature. See also: cold hands.

posted by Dr_Lex [129 posts]
14th January 2014 - 14:56

like this
Like (2)

Deep heat.

Sir Velo

Raleigh's picture

posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
14th January 2014 - 15:18

like this
Like (0)

I've used carrier bags to good effect, particuarally effective if your shoes are wet/damp (as mine often are on a monday after CX on a sunday).

The same concept works with hands. A set of latex or nitrile gloves under your regular gloves works wonders if its really cold.

posted by Matt eaton [260 posts]
14th January 2014 - 15:37

like this
Like (0)

There's one that always works at this time of year.12 weeks in Tenerife

big mick

posted by big mick [172 posts]
15th January 2014 - 0:00

like this
Like (2)

Make sure your shoes are warm before you put them on. Stops the heat going from your feet to warm the shoes before you have even left the house.

clwydrider's picture

posted by clwydrider [15 posts]
17th January 2014 - 20:15

like this
Like (1)