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Description

Hot foot is more than just a dance.

Balmy shoe covers aren't for everyone, especially when the weather doesn't warrant it. When the roads are wet, but the skies are clear, strapping on a full bootie is a recipe for hot, sweaty feet. That's why Castelli made the Toe Thingy. The Toe Thingy lets your feet breathe while protecting the front of the foot from water and wind. 

Castelli's Toe Thingy is made from durable neoprene fabric. This material not only provides insulating warmth, but it also blocks water and wind on the most sensitive part of the foot—the toes. The Toe Thingy is secured to the shoe by an aperture that encompasses the cleat, and to resist rips, tears, and general wear, Castelli included a silicone print on the Toe Thingy's underside. For versatility, Castelli recommends using the cover alone on mild days, and as a layer between your shoe and full shoe cover during nasty weather.

The Castelli Toe Thingy is available in one size, and in the color Black.

Tech Specs

Closure:
elastic
Sole:
rubber
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size Chart

Castelli

Shoecovers
 SMLXLXXL
US Men 7 - 7.5 8 - 8.5 9 - 10.5 11 - 12 12.5 - 13
US Women 8.5 - 9 9.5 - 10 10.5 - 12  
EU 39 - 40 41 - 42 43 - 44 45 - 46 47 - 48

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Avg. ride time: 6h 39m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Works

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: one size

I wear size 43.5 shoes and these fit perfectly.

Avg. ride time: 7h 30m per week
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These things are awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: One Size Fits All

After a lifetime of skiing, ice hockey, tramping, cycling, and time in the outdoors my feet have been "frozen" more times than I can count. Booties are good but I tend to end up with warm and toasty to sweaty and toasty to sweaty and cold, to "frozen. These things provide just enough insulation and block the wind to keep my toes comfortable down to freezing with Castelli Merino Wool socks. Easy to put on, stay put nicely with my speedplay cleats. I have size 45.5, 46 road shoes and these are easy on/off. I average around 300k/week, even through the Winter, if you take a bit of care and aren't a complete klutz you can get a season or two out of a pair. For 20 bucks, that's a good deal in my book.

No more froze toes!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Love these toe covers! Perfect for fall rides where your feet get a little cold but you don't need full on booties. When the temperature rises later in your ride you don't need to take them off. I used these down to low-mid 40's. Really easy to put on, you simply stretch over the front of your shoes and around the cleat on the bottom. These are more for road riding, trail use would prematurely wear out the bottoms. If I was riding in the 30's I would definitely recommend a warmer boot as these wouldn't provide enough warmth.

Avg. ride time: 6h 27m per week
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Invaluable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

They might not look like much, but when the temperatures drop to around 55 degrees, I slip these on and they keep my feet nice and toasty. I purchased them in M for my 42 shoes and they fit perfectly.

Works like a charm, great value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I don't really like booties, and these are a great alternative. They keep your toes warm and dry like they are supposed to. Very good value. I find them very easy to get on and off. Not sure how durable they will turn out to be, but after about 10 rides I have already got my money's worth.

Keeping toes toasty

    I'm happy with them. My feet stayed warm, then torrential downpour happened. these won't keep your feet dry. when your socks are soaked

    perfect for Arizona winter mornings

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    don't have to worry about cold toes when it gets below 50 degrees. Well worth the $20! they stretch pretty good over my size 45's, and they accommodate Shimano SPD cleats

    Thanks for the review Gary! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

    Perfect!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I hate having cold feet when riding...and thicker socks generally just restrict blood flow. I wear these from 30-50 degrees and my toes/feet stay perfectly warm even though I tend to be colder than most when riding. They are very durable and wash well. I'd recommend a pair to every cyclist in any cool to cold weather climates.

    Thanks for the review Sterling! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

    Effective, look good, and inexpensive

      Awesome for keeping your toes warm while riding from 60° down to about 50/45° F (depending upon your cold sensitivity).

      Pros: Warm, insulating material (neoprene) is highly effective. And they are super stretchy, so they are super easy to get on and off. Much easier than booties! And you can easily stuff them in your rear jersey pocket on an early morning ride if the temp warms up (or vice versa).

      Cons: The bottom is made from a type of soft black neoprene. The bottoms will cut if you walk on rocks or gravel; so I don't do that. Not for MTB use.

      If you ride the road in Castelli kit, these toe covers are indispensable for riding on cold Fall and Spring days.

      Too tight and covers cleats too much

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: the single Toe Thingy size

      I use Shimano cleats and have large feet (I wear 11.5 US/47 EU shoes). Perhaps because of the shoe size, I've found the Toe Thingies cover part of the cleats. They are also hard to put on. There is a single size, but it seems too small, or the material not stretchy enough. I now avoid using the Toe Thingies.

      Avg. ride time: 5h 5m per week
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      Stylish and they work.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      These things keep you warm and dry and are easy to get on and off. The only complaint I would have is the durability on the bottom of the toes. But hey, they look cool and they do the job in style.

      Wimpy toe thingy

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      These fit well and are easy to put on but the bottoms are lame. The first ride, they got tore up. Don't buy these unless you are a complete roady wimp. Definitely not for commuting or for mountain bikers.

      Shoe things really work

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: one size fits all

      Perfect fit over my bicycle shoes. Easy stretch on and off. Keep toes warm and dry.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 18m per week
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      Warm, dry, cheap, easy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: one size

      They keep my toes warm on cold rides with ordinary athletic socks.
      THey keep my feet dry in wet, sub downpour conditions.
      The neoprene is just thick enough to provide insulation and water resistance . They don't cover your ankles though, so lots of rain do require full covers.
      They're super cheap. At $20, you can afford to grab a pair and not worry too much about them getting beat up.
      They're super easy to put on and take off. Love that. Love it WAY more than my full booties.
      They won't last too many seasons. The sticky, rubber bottoms aren't super durable. But I'm willing to take that in exchange for the ease of use. Plus, a little duct tape will probably help the situation out.

      Keeps toes warm but not the best quality

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: One Size

      The toe thingy does indeed keep your toes warm and helps keep your shoes clean. I have only used them several times and found the material to be fragile...there are already a few holes/tears in mine around the cleat hole after only a few rides using them, and I didn't walk on pavement wearing them. I guess they are inexpensive enough to replace often, but I expected a little better quality from Castelli. Not for winter riding. Perfect for cooler spring and fall rides.

      Beats sandwich bags over your socks!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      For me, my toes are the first thing to get cold. I’ve taken these out it a few times and can relay the following results. Note that I had my core temp warmed up so that the body could send blood to the extremities. For me the following ranges seem to fit. 40’s and above these work well. For Fall riding I’ve started 65 mile club breakfast rides at 8:00am at 30°F and then the temperature rose in to the 50’s. These work well for these scenarios. If the temperature is consistently below 40, I would switch to full blown over shoes. [Individual results may vary. :-) ]

      They slip on and off easily and they fit over my size 47 Sidi Drako MTB cycling shoes. They will easily fit in a jersey pocket so if the temp is trending warm later in the ride you can easily remove them and store away. I’ve seen other brands out there for more money, not sure what else they could have to offer.

      March 2017 Update: I've used these for 2 seasons now. The edges are a little frayed; but still holding up well. Still highly recommended.

      Beats sandwich bags over your socks!
      Avg. ride time: 1h 23m per week
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      warm but i prefer shoe covers

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      for the hastle i prefer shoe covers but toe warmers are nice for layering.

      Avg. ride time: 8h 46m per week
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      Works surprisingly well in heat as well!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      It appears that many reviews so far glow about how well these thingies keep feet warm in 30°-60°F weather. My review is a bit different in that I live in Florida, so while I have to deal with rain & wetness all the time, I also have to deal with the ungodly heat. Surprisingly, these foot thingies do not overheat my feet or cause excess sweat, even in 90°-100°F weather! That's probably because they're so breathable and aren't full coverage.

      Now unfortunately they don't keep my socks completely dry in the rain, again because they aren't full coverage (my upper sock and ankle area get wet). That said, they do protect my feet & socks quite well from early morning dew/mist and after-rain puddles & humidity. They completely cover the mesh breathing port at the front of my shoes just under my toes, preventing any water or condensation from reaching my socks...and again, because they aren't full coverage, they still allow me feet to breathe.

      They fit incredibly well for a one-size-fits-all item...they aren't too big to feel loose by any means, and yet they aren't so small that they are difficult to get on or off...they are perfectly snug on my shoes. I've used them several times now, but have only had them for a few months...so I can't comment on their longevity. Hopefully the build quality is superior...even if it isn't, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair at this incredibly reasonable price point.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 32m per week
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      Toasty Toes

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've been using these for about two months now and pretty much bring them on all of my rides. for those cool misty morning rides they're great for keeping your toes the perfect temperature, and when it starts to warm up during the day, they still let your feet breath as they only cover abount halfway up your foot. I have tried them in the wet, and they soak up a lot of water as was expected. If it's wet these make a great insulting layer under your rain booties!