Specialized Windtex socks £19.99
There’s various approaches to keeping one’s feet warm when cycling at this time of year; thick socks, two pairs of socks, overshoes, plastic carrier bags, you’ll invariably have your preferred solution that may or may not work effectively.
Specialized’s Windtex socks are an interesting proposition in the pursuit of warm feet. They’re made from a thin Windtex material, it’s totally windproof but is also breathable enough that your feet don’t end up all sweaty. When worn over your usual cycling socks, they provide a useful barrier against the wind and, in the spring and autumn could can fill the job of overshoes.
At this time of year however, with temperatures reaching a record low at the time of writing, worn on their own they’re simply not enough. When worn in conjunction with appropriate socks and a pair (or two) of overshoes, they provide an additional layer of cold weather defence that is really noticeable on longer rides.
They’re thin enough that they go completely unnoticed when on, and flat locked seams ensure they’re comfortable. They rise high up the ankle for good coverage, the cuffs are heavily elasticated and they form a decent seal over your feet. They put up a bit of struggle when trying to pull them over your feet, but this results in a very close fit once on.
They’re not waterproof, only water resistant, and will withstand mild showers only. If you’ve overshoes on as well they’ll survive longer on wet days, but the moisture will eventually seep through, given enough time.