brioni polo windproof Bike Shoe Duct Tape Covers
Introduction: Super Fancy Water/windproof Bike Shoe Duct Tape CoversAfter not seeing any good water/windproof shoes made of duct tape in my local bike shops or online, I decided to make my own. Here is a brief write up on what I have done, hope this helps you to a warmer, dryer pair of feet this season! This may seem to be a complicated way to make duct taped shoe covers, but it works rather nicely for me.
You will need at least one 60 yard, standard width roll of duct tape, some scissors, a knife and some socks. Optional is some 3M reflective tape and maybe some fastener device for the back part of the shoe. Be aware that some of the designer tape such as zebra stripes and uh, tyedye come in shorter lengths so you may want to buy two rolls. Lay some short lengths over the front of the shoe. Tape may not full bond with the sock but more importantly it should make a tight bond with other parts of tape. Try and make it smooth. Once you get a few of these done, start doing a few wraps from top to bottom and back over (if you are looking at the shoe from this perspective), stop when you get to the cleat part of the shoe and try and leave some tread visible if you want to be able to walk on slippery surfaces.
Now start running some strips all the way to the back, I stop at the back because I want to be able to take off my covers when I don’t need to wear them. I put some vertical strips here and then fold them back so they don’t stick to the sock or shoe. I call this tabbing, in stagehand world, we call this a courtesy tab ie. Notice that I have folded over the tape in the left part of picture. This cut goes all the way up to just the other side of the cleat. I put one side of tape facing out from the shoe and attach it to both insides of the shell. It should be tight enough to keep the shell close to the shop but loose enough to pull the cover off when you don’t need to wear the cover.
Next I take a half wide strip and attach it to the outside of the shell on one side, go right down the middle of the strip and attach to the other side of the shell. Now get a knife or scissors and cut the wide strip at the edges of the shell so it can fold over the narrow strip. There is bare tape to stick to other side of shoe. I used 3M reflective tape and a sharpy to make these sweet graphics. Have fun with this and maybe try and immitate the style of some popular $300 bike shoes, remember, Mavic yellow or red are pretty popular right now. You could have some high end gear heads geaking out on your “High end ” shoes maybe even get invited to some serious rides regarless of your your bike or how sweet your jersey is.