I wear SmartWool socks (love 'em!!) and shoe covers--just to break the wind. My shoe covers are really for the rain, not the cold, but they do the trick. The coldest temp. I've biked in is 23 degrees--I can cycle for about an hour or so before I lose feeling in my toes and feel like I'm peddling on stumps. Last week I tried inserting foot warmers btwn. my sock and shoe, but they require air circulation to heat up and it didn't work very well. The temperature was in the low 40s/high 30s and we got in 55 miles.
I saw a pair of rechargeable, heated insoles in the Brookstone catalog. You plug them in, heat them up, and slip them in your shoes. Supposed to last quite awhile. Expensive--I think they were on sale at $70, so I'll have to wait to see how much biking I get in this winter before I shell out the bucks. The lbs recommends electric socks--they're only about $20.
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