Velotoze Shoe Covers Review

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

  • 3 Versions. They come in Tall (6"), Short (3") and Toe Covers to have all your foul weather needs covered.
  • 9 Striking Colors. You can choose from high-vis yellow, green, orange, red, blue, white, black and pink.
  • Windproof and waterproof. Best suited for those cold, snowy and wet days on the bike.

Pros

  • Minimalistic design. No zippers or velcro straps.
  • Waterproof and windproof. They're meant to be worn during the harshest conditions out there.
  •  Aero Benefits. Lab testing shows they shave up to 12s in a 40km TT.

Cons

  • A challenge to put on/off. It takes several attempts to master putting them on.
  • Lack of breathability. Stretchy rubber material blocks out air flow.

What is Velotoze All About?

Velotoze Tall Shoe Covers

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.

  • Tall runs up to just below the calf muscles, similar to a 6” socks.
  • Short is slightly above the ankle, similar to a 3” socks.
  • Toe covers for only the front part of your shoes.

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. 

The result?

Toasty toes and clean shoes.

Ease Care

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.

Aerodynamic Benefits

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.

Durability

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.

Be warned.

Breathability

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
  • 10/10
    Design & Aesthetics - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Waterproofing and Windproofing - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Size and Weight - 10/10
  • 5/10
    Breathability - 5/10
  • 5/10
    Durability - 5/10
8/10

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.