During the often wet shoulder seasons, you need a little more foot protection when riding around the city but still want shoes that are fashionable enough to wear to indoors. The following lightweight boots provide the weather protection you need on the bike but give you the all day comfort and style of a sneaker you happily can wear around town.
The Chrome 415 Work Boot is lightweight and multi-functional, designed for out-of-the box comfort and year-round survival in the city. Extremely durable, the Chrome boot is offered in both waterproof-breathable STORM fabric ($150) and 1,000-Denier Cordura ($120).
The 415 Work Boot features 100% vulcanized construction with a skid-resistant sole, a tight heel cup, and a slightly wider toe box for pain-free pedaling when you’re on the bike. Other design highlights include a padded ankle collar, a reflective heel pull-loop for night visibility, and a low-profile design for easy toe-cage compatibility.
The STORM 415 combines Chrome’s waterproof-breathable STORM technology with oiled full-grain leather, which weathers and distresses well over time while providing abrasion resistance and defense against the elements. To ensure you can wear your 415s year round, the boots are constructed with a breathable neoprene membrane that lets heat out while preventing water from getting inside.
Part of DZR’s new Task Collection, the unisex H2O ($169) is a fully seam-sealed SPD compatible sneaker with a waterproof membrane. The low profile design features a water resistant treatment on a supple sheep skin leather. All this comes with the stiffer Task Collection co-molded nylon shank and traction outsole.
Civic Duty footwear is constructed out of Tyvek, a recyclable, breathable material made by DuPont that is also waterproof and highly durable. Most commonly seen as a wrap to weatherproof houses, Tyvek is also used in the FedEx envelopes.
The initial Civic Duty shoe collection features five classic styles, including the Illumination ($59) above, and in a variety of fun and vibrant colors. Made with environmentally friendly glues and dyes, the Tyvek upper on the Civic Duty shoes has been pre-wrinkled to give them a worn in look right out of the box.