Shoe covers, or overshoes, are a vital staple of a winter rider’s wardrobe, protecting your feet and shoes from the grizzly cold and wet winter weather. Buy the right ones, and you needn’t fear numb and painful toes even when the temperature drops near zero.
Santini’s Neo Optic shoe covers are go-anywhere shoe covers ideal for deep winter, with a thick neoprene construction to aid warmth retention, alongside a snug fit and reflective features to aid visibility – though that reflectivity isn’t quite as effective as it could be.
The use of neoprene certainly has its benefits – naturally thermal, it’s also flexible, and so lends itself to a tight yet comfortable and moulded fit around the shoe. Despite wearing UK size 11.5 Fizik shoes, a large was a perfect fit once on, albeit slightly tight to fit around the Look Keo cleats we used during our testing.