The Sportful Fiandre WS Booties are great for keeping your favourite shoes clean and dry on mild, damp days, but don't expect them to keep your feet warm when the temperature drops.
- Pros: Water-resistant, great fit, durable
- Cons: Lacking insulation, expensive
Although the main fabric is not especially stretchy I found the overshoes really easy to get on, with a hook at the base of each heel helping me to zip them up quickly and easily. Size-wise, I tested a large, which according to the label in the booties is a 42/43, but on the Sportful size guide is claimed to be 40-43. Either way, I'd say they come up slightly small but were a good fit on my size 41 shoes. Unlike most overshoes, which tend to be quite tight around my calves, I found these to be a comfortable size, easy enough to zip up but also tight enough to stay in place once on.
The overshoes feature what Sportful calls an 'abrasion resistant bottom' made of a thick, rough fabric that has certainly shown few signs of wear so far. They feel sturdy and well made, with a good sized hole for the cleat so the fabric didn't get caught in my pedals at all or cause any issues. Having previously worn through the base of cheaper overshoes within a matter of weeks, I'm pleased to say that these seem very durable so far.
The main elastane/polyester fabric is very breathable but not especially thick; these definitely aren't the warmest overshoes I have worn. To be fair, Sportful doesn't claim that they are particularly insulating – they're designed to offer excellent wind and rain protection, which they do to a certain extent. In showers and light rain they kept my shoes and feet lovely and dry, but at the first sign of heavy rain were quickly soaked through. The water-resistant zip helps, and a zip guard on the inside of each zip adds a further barrier from the rain as well as stopping the zips from catching on tights or irritating bare legs, should you be brave enough to venture out in shorts.
The Fiandre overshoes come in two colours: the black that I tested, or a fluorescent yellow. Both feature a reflective Sportful logo, reflective strips around the top cuff and a reflective heel loop for extra visibility.
In terms of price there are certainly cheaper options out there, such as the GripGrab RaceAqua Overshoes which George was very impressed by and cost almost half as much. And if you're looking for warmth over waterproofing, check out the neoprene Alé Winter Shoe Covers at £40.
Overall, the booties are a great fit, comfortable and durable. They're ideal for damp autumn/spring riding, but don't stand up to the elements well enough for winter and do come at quite a price.
Decent overshoes to protect your feet on mild, drizzly days, but not fully waterproof and they come at a price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Fiandre WS Bootie
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Sportful says: "Designed to offer superior protection from wet roads and rain. Next generation Gore Windstopper offers improves breathability and water resistance. Strategically seam sealed for additional protection."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Stretch construction for excellent fit
Water resistant rear camlock zip
Abrasion resistant bottom
Pull on webbing loop
Well-sized cleat holes on the base and a nice slim fit over the shoe.
Came up slightly small. I wore a Large (42-43) and wear a shoe size 41.
Fairly light as overshoes go.
Easier to do up over my calves than most, they stayed in place and were very comfortable to ride in.
£60 is pretty pricey for a pair of overshoes, especially as they're not that waterproof and not that warm.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy – just stick them in the washing machine at 30 degrees with the rest of your kit.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Pretty well; kept my shoes clean and dry in all but heavy rain and really durable, but they're not the warmest.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Durable sole and general good fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Don't offer much in the way of warmth.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, if they were cheaper/on offer.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
These are very good quality, as you'd expect for the price, but the water resistance isn't particularly 'superior'. Overall, considering the high price too, I'd say they're a 6.
About the tester
I usually ride: Planet X London Road My best bike is: Bowman Palace:R
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, track
Ashia is a Maths student at the University of Bath and has been riding and racing bikes for the past 6 years after a track taster session at her local velodrome had her hooked. Most weekends, she can be found out racing, be it track, road, criteriums, time trials, triathlons, or cyclocross. Whilst she is fiercely competitive and loves to race, she is still on the look out for anyone hiring a "full time cafe rider" when she graduates.