After commuting through the winter and struggling with toe covers that slip off and *iss me off I decided to get some winter specific shoes. These are basically some cheap road shoes with built in shoe covers. The tongue is kind of flimsy and you have to fiddle with it every time you put your feet in to make it lay flat. They aren’t extremely warm but not bad. So far I’ve only worn them down to 32 degrees and my toes still get chilly by the end of my 12 mile commute. When the temps start getting down closer to 0 I’ll slip a hand warmer inside the zippered cover.
The ergo grip sole does a great job outdoors but is hard plastic so it can be slippery on things like hardwood, especially if it is wet. I wore them for a cyclocross race and they were perfect for keeping the mud out of my feet and had great traction on the course. I think they will be similar in snow.
I bought about a size up to make sure I could wear extra socks and that was the right choice for me. I’d say they run mostly true to size, but maybe a hair small.
I got them at a great sale price. I wouldn’t pay the retail price for these. The styling isn’t really what I was looking for but with the thin tops I can zip my thermal tights on the outside of the boot so if it is raining the water wicks out, not in. Very Important.