Looking for a shoe cover that keeps your cycling shoes dry and feet toasty in foul weather conditions?
Well, you’ve got your answer, right here.
Enter the Velotoze shoe covers.
Let's take a deeper dive.
Overview of the Velotoze Shoe Covers
What is Velotoze All About?
Velotoze was started by a small group of cyclists in Sonoma Couty in California in 2014. Since then, Velotoze has expanded their lineup to helmet covers and more recently socks.
The shoe covers is their most popular product.
There are 3 versions available; which are the Tall, Short and Toe covers.
The main difference between them is the amount of coverage for your feet.
You can use them during wet and cold winter days or if you’re doing a time trial race where aerodynamics matters.
For those who are fashion conscious, the Velotoze are available in 9 striking colors. You can be sure there is a color that matches your kit of the day.
Simple and Minimalistic Design
The first thing you’ll notice is the absence of zippers or Velcro straps found in other shoe covers.
And that’s what makes them unique in the market. Besides that, they do look really, really good.
You’d probably agree with me that they do look pro.
Fits Snugly around the Feet
The Velotoze are made entirely from rubber which is similar to the ones found in swimming caps.
Being made from a stretchy material, it fits snugly around your road cycling shoes. At the bottom are 2 pre-cut holes to fit around the cleats and the heel cups.
Sizing wise, they can come up a little short. I'd suggest to go a size up if you fall in between sizes to make them slightly easier to put on.
Windproof and Waterproof
The Velotoze thrives when the weather gets bad. Cold, rain or snow, you know you're well covered.
Velotoze claims that the ideal temperature to wear them is between 5C/40F to 16C/60F. As far as waterproofing goes, there are absolutely no gaps for any possible water ingress.
From my own experience, I’ve ridden with these on at -1C/30F and in wet conditions and they still perform as expected.
Toasty toes and clean shoes.
Cleaning and care is as simple as 1-2-3.
After a wet ride, I’ll just spray water on it while it’s still on to remove any dirt and then followed by a simple wipe down with a cloth on the surface.
PRO TIP : To avoid the inner sections from sticking on to each other, turn them inside out and apply some talcum power.
Lightweight and Compact
Even with the tall shoe covers, its weight and size is negligible compared to its competitors. A pair of Large size tall Velotoze weighs only 89g, way way lighter than any of the shoe covers available.
You can easily fold them up and keep in your back pockets when the weather warms up.
Honestly, I’ve no means of testing this by myself. However, they certainly do look and feel aero.
Last year, Velotoze ran a wind tunnel testing and the results showed that it shaved off around 12 seconds in a 40km time trial.
The test were done at Airbus’ wind tunnel facilities in Germany and you can see the results here.
In fact, if you’re to look at it from a price/seconds saved ratio, the Velotoze is way way ahead of its competitors.
Putting On and Taking Off
Many cyclists have voiced their concerns about the challenge in putting these on and off. And its true especially for the first few attempts.
In fact it took me close to 10 minutes to put them on both feet in my first attempt. Only after that did I realize that I’ve been doing it wrong.
There is a specific way to put them on and I’ve no doubt that it’ll become easier after more attempts.
Unlike traditional shoe covers, you'll have to put the Velotoze on first before putting on your shoes. Not the other way around.
I’ll let the video below show you how it’s done correctly.
The Velotoze show covers are made out of stretchy rubber making them vulnerable to cut and tears overtime.
To ensure these minor cuts don’t tear up overtime, you’ll have to be really careful and patient when putting them on and not forcing your way through.
Like all fully waterproof show covers, breathability is an issue especially if you ride hard and long.
From my experience, anything more than 60-70 minutes of hard riding will cause the toes to get sweaty.
The Geeky Cyclist's Verdict on the Velotoze Shoe Covers
Buy This If...
You’re looking for a lightweight shoe cover that will keep your feet dry and shoes clean through cold, rain and snow.
Or if you’re doing a time trial race, the Velotoze offers the best seconds saved per dollar ratio.