SEALSKINZ Ultralight sock £25

If you can’t afford waterproof cycling footwear or overshoes, Sealskinz socks are the answer. Mountain bikers have sworn by them for years and this pair is the lightest in the range, incorporating a Coolmax liner to prevent clamminess. A 100 percent waterproof and wind- proof membrane means you can slip into a puddle and your foot will remain dry; trust us, it works. 

This thinner model can be used with most cycling/recreational shoes, though the flip is that it isn’t as warm as other bulkier Sealskinz that have a Merino liner. S-XL.

PROS essential piece of winter kit
CONS won’t keep shoes dry though