Warm, dry and not sweaty. Is that too much for cyclists to ask from their footwear?
It seems one company has the answer and they’ve put it through the ultimate test by taking them to the wettest place on earth.
I always thought the wettest place on earth was wherever in the UK I chose to go hiking for the weekend. However, it turns out, the wettest place in the UK, the Lake District receives up to 5,000 millimetres of rain per year. Cherrapunji receives 9,300 in a month!
That’ll stop me complaining.
(Runs off to find something new to complain about…)
GEOX took a team of testers to Cherrapunji in India and put their shoes to the test.
What better way to promote waterproof shoes?
Their more recent campaign sees one unlucky man getting rained on for 7 days straight.
The YouTube video is really worth a look.
After you’ve stopped chuckling at a man being followed around by a cloud of rain for 7 days (is there anything better than laughing at other peoples misery?) then you may also want to take a look at the shoes (mens and womens).
At around £100 a pair, these shoes are not ludicrously expensive, nor are they particularly cheap.
The closest comparative casual shoe product with waterproofing I can think of, is the Teva Range. At £65, they are more affordable, but they don’t claim the same level of waterproofing.
The range certainly looks good and the lengths they’ve gone to demonstrate the features, seems to suggest they’ll stand by their product.
I’ve not yet personally tested one myself but I am intrigued.
My least favourite sensation on the bike is riding with soggy socks and cold feet. If this can be solved with a pair of shoes that will look good on and off the bike then I’m interested.
After all, I probably end up replacing shoes more frequently due to getting them soaked whilst on a ride, why not spend a little more and get something more permanent?
The proof will be whether they can also provide good breathability.
Of course, those of us less concerned about looks off the bike, have more options, which we explore in our clothing tips for autumn rides post.
I’ve asked GEOX if they can send us over a pair to test. In the mean time if anyone has tried these shoes then please leave a comment below with your thoughts.
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