December 26, 2019 § 26 Comments
Back in the day, when dirt was new and God was a boy, as the weather got cold we would take an old pair of ragg wool socks, pull them over our shoes, and cut a hole in the socks for the cleats. These shoe covers were the best ever. They stayed warm when wet, they were cheap, and they kept your toes toasty.
The problem was that the yarn unraveled after about a dozen rides and then you had to get new socks. It was pretty wasteful.
My feet started freezing again this winter and I went for a ride in the rain. My neoprene shoe covers that I’ve had for about twenty years now, and whose backs I have to hold closed with safety pins because the zippers are shot, didn’t work very well. But to their credit, they never did.
So facing more cold, early morning rides, I bought some wool socks. These were giant; they went up to mid-shin. But because I didn’t want to be wasteful, I took them to the lady at the cleaners who does alterations and asked her if she cut cut the hole and then hem it so the yarn wouldn’t unravel.
“No way,” she said, and sent me across the street to the cobbler. “He might be able to help.”
The cobbler listened to my plight. “Nope,” he said.”But that lady down the street does tricky alterations. Might try her.”
I walked over to the shop that said, “We Do Difficult Alterations.” The lady listened to my plight. “Sure, I can do that. But it will be be very difficult because of the yarn. And it will be expensive.”
“$60,” she said.
“Wow,” I thought, calculating the $6 price of the socks. Then I thought about my cold feet. “Okay,” I said.
I came to pick them up and the price had raised to $90. Those are expensive socks. I paid and took them home.
On Tuesday’s NPR everyone made fun of me. “Ugg socks!” they said. Everyone agreed that they are the ugliest thing anyone had ever seen. But my feet were so warm.
Then yesterday I rode to Trancas, leaving at 5:30 AM. It was in the thirties. The other riders were bundled up but not their feet. My Ugg socks got a fair amount of negative attention until we were two hours in and everyone started to get really, really cold.
“You’re starting to look like the smartest one out here with those socks,” said CTB with a grin.
My feet stayed warm the whole way. I think I overpaid, though. But then I think about cold feet. Maybe I didn’t.
Where can you get wool socks for $6? You may have started a fad.
Anybody with a serger can finish cut edges so they don’t unravel. If you buy a Bernina sewing machine ($6K) they give you a serger FOR FREE.
I’ll take two, thx.
I was expecting something truly hideous. Those socks aren’t bad. Guess I’ve forgotten how sensitive profamateurs are.
Sooooo sensitive. Plus envious of toasty toes.
Shoulda gotten red to match the trim on your bike.
why “dint” you order the defeet wool and cordura knitted sock style shoe coverups? they’re like $15 and made in NC. I have some, we have a week of winter in AZ and I may need them, otherwise Id send them your way!
Because I saved $9 with the $6 socks + $90. I wasn’t an arithmetic major.
Lisa offered to do the next pair for a lot less than $90…! Let her know when those wear out.
Mate, these look lush. And perfect for the UK. I’m going to copy. And retro is cool.
Warm even when wet …
The wool DeFeets list for $35. Don’t know that those are as thick as your Uggs. What about a half size larger shoe so you can fit thick socks inside (says the guy who wears flats.)
Yeah, thick socks inside and out is the very best.
DeFeet Blaze plus Carnac thin wind shoe covers, worn over the socks INSIDE the shoes, and my feet are good down to 27F. This combo may work below 27, but the rest of me doesn’t.
Giant Afghan blanket over my knees and cozy wool cap, tucked into bed with covers under my chin, works best.
Come to think of it the DeFeet Blaze plus shoe covers keeps my feet toasty at 27C just as well.
Wifey must hate cleats in bed tho.
Another thing that works well for me is to not ride when it’s fuggin arse cold. My feel almost always stay warm with that little trick. Oh and don’t sign up for Boulevard road race. I get warm just thinking about not racing that one
Common sense? That’s fucked up.
Spray Flexseal on the freshly cut edge …
Okay, are you laundering money at your Tailor’s? Once the triangle cutout is done (a minute), the stabilization of the seam is either: thirty seconds with a zigzag stitch, or a few minutes with a seam binding attachment and a bit of Lycra. Either way, sixty dollars feels a bit rich..
I am first working on just laundry.
I’m catching up after the holidays, but the socks you sent me are legit. Who makes them? I will also the wool sock cover, here in the mid-west its freezing even when its not. I have three different pairs of shoe covers all work the same, inadequately.
I don’t remember which ones I sent you. Were they white or black?