Ever put a piece of duct tape or two over the top of your airy running shoes in the winter to keep out biting wind, snow, sleet, or other weather-related grossness? Well these Sheeldz Shoe Covers are meant to be a vast upgrade from the ol’ duct tape trick. And as far as I can tell thus far, these babies are legit! I am definitely one to often finds my feet getting cold during winter runs, even with decently thick wool running socks on.
They are (from the Sheeldz website) “waterproof, neoprene covers that strap onto the toe box of your mesh running shoe, to block the snow, rain, and wind.” The strap is supposedly a rubber-coated elastic and they seem both very sturdy (since you’re essentially running on them) and the velcro holds tight (no sign of it coming unattached or even loosening during any of my runs yet!).
Now I’ve only went for three runs so far (2 different 5-ish miles in wet, icy, windy, and slushy city sidewalks and roads and also on a 6 mile trail run this morning), but I could definitely tell the difference these made, as they helped hold the heat in my shoes during my run and kept my toes quite toasty.
So far I’ve got no complaints (okay, one complaint: although they have a hint of reflectivity on them, they could definitely benefit from more!). I shall report back as the winter running here in Michigan finally gets into full swing (maybe?) and I can really test the longevity of the shoe covers. The straps seem to be thick and sturdy enough to take a beating, so I hope that holds true. For now, though, I’m definitely sold!