How to Choose the Right Size of Rain Shoe Covers

How to Choose the Right Size of Rain Shoe Covers

Whether you call them rain shoe covers, overshoes or galoshes, the footwear we sell is designed to protect your dress or casual shoes from the weather. They keep out the rain; they prevent damage caused by road salt and grime. Moreover, a good pair of rain shoe covers keep your shoes looking good as new. But what is the right size?

Size may not be as simple as it sounds. Unfortunately, the nature of galoshes is such that they cannot be manufactured to sizes as exacting as the shoes they protect. Why? Because shoes vary so much. Not every size 10 is identical, for example. So how do you accurately size your rain shoe covers? By following the manufacturer's chart.

Manufacturers Size Differently

Just as shoes are manufactured in different styles, so are galoshes. That's why you have to pay attention to the manufacturer's chart. The manufacturer knows the amount of volume its shoe covers can accommodate, so they size them accordingly.

Take our chart, for example. We offer three different sizes for slip-on shoe covers. These are listed below, along with the shoe sizes they can accommodate:

  • Medium – men's 8.5-10
  • Large – men's 10-12
  • X-Large – men's 12+

Under normal circumstances, a medium slip-on will accommodate any men's shoe between sizes 8.5 and 10. But hold on, just a minute. If you are wearing an especially bulky size 10 shoe, a medium might be a little tight. Assume a medium for a size 10 dress shoe. If you're wearing a size 10 running shoe with extra bulk in the soles, you may be more comfortable with a large.

Estimate Upward on Half Sizes

Sometimes customers don't know what to do when trying to choose the right size rain shoe covers for half sizes. In other words, you normally wear a size 10.5 dress shoe. You assume that, because the shoes have very little volume, you can still get away with a medium. Do not take the chance. Always estimate upward on half sizes. A 10.5 dress shoe will be accommodated much better by a large shoe cover.

The nice thing about shoe covers is that they are not intended to fit super snug. There is quite a bit of room to accommodate most shoes. Therefore, there are few worries of selecting the wrong size unless you are at the very limit of either end.

Expect a Little Extra

Another thing we want to remind you of is to expect a little extra material. Again, shoe covers are not sized as specifically as regular shoes. There is going to be some extra material unless you are one of those rare customers whose shoes fit perfectly inside the covers. This extra material is normal.

Shoe covers are made slightly larger in order to accommodate the widest variety of shoes. Therefore, wearing them only with low-volume dress shoes suggests getting the smallest size possible. If you wear both dress shoes and bulky casual shoes, you might have to go with a larger shoe cover.

The long and short of it is this: the best way to size rain shoe covers is to find the actual size of your shoes and then compare that to the manufacturer's chart. Only reference a chart related to the specific brand and type of shoe cover your buying. Someone else's chart is not going to help you properly size GC Tech shoe covers, for example.

If you ever need help understanding our size chart, do not hesitate to send us a message. We offer both slip-ons and zip shoe covers made from state-of-the-art materials for maximum comfort and waterproofing.