I have purchased some new riding footwear and have chosen a pair of Joe Rocket Meteor boots.
I decided I wanted to go for a 3/4 boot that was waterproof. Larger than this becomes less easy to walk in and wear under pants. Being waterproof I think is important if touring in a cold place and striking a wet day. I have 2 sets of over boots however they are a short term solution in my opinion. The neoprene ones are good for getting past a shower or storm but will allow water to sneak past after a few hours, the plastic ones will keep the water out for longer but they do not breath so are not a wet day touring solution either.
The Joe Rocket Meteor boots have a waterproof breathable liner. I wore them on my last ride and it got to 26 degrees yet my feet did not perspire too much. I was wearing my ‘coolmax’ walking socks that I obtained from a outdoors shop and which I find work really well to wick away moisture when riding and by days end my feet had not suffered the dreaded ‘swamp’ affect.
The boots themselves are comfortable and seem well made. The buckle system is fully adjustable and there is no zipper to bother with you adjust how close the upper part of the boot is via velcro which works well for me. On the road I really enjoyed the feel of these boots and they look subtle yet stylish.
Negatives is they are a little odd fit at the toes on my right foot, this could be me as I am hard to fit shoes wise. Also current riding pants tend to ride up a bit so these shortish boots are probably mid season or summer but not as good for winter as taller boots.
Update – I ended up giving them away as they never fit me quite right (run about 1/2 a size too small)