Winter Weather Guide
How to Keep Your Feet Warm

How to Keep Your Feet Warm in the Winter

Anyone who spends much time in the outdoors during the winter months knows how difficult it can be to keep their feet warm, especially the toes. This is especially true in Montana, where not only is the weather cold, but is also damp too. So, to help people who spend significant time outdoors and have problems keeping their feet warm, I’ve prepared this guide. It highlights why a persons foot gets cold and what can be done about it.

Keeping your feet warm in winter weather is vitally important - and not always easily achieved. Generally, cold feet can be avoided by utilizing a mix of old technologies, new technologies and a dose of common sense. The rest of this article will go over ways to keep your feet warm during cold weather.

Sorel Snow Boots - Learn more about the Best Snow Boots Around

Smartwool Socks - The Best Sock to Keep Your Feet Warm and Dry

Article Summary

Since this article is rather dense and lengthy, I'll summarize what you need to really know.

  • Dry Feet = Warm Feet - To keep your feet warm, first you need to keep your feet dry and protected from outside moisture. Which means you should have waterproof boots.
  • Breathable Boots - It is crucial, especially if you engage in strenuous activities outdoors during cold weather, to have a boot that is fully breathable - allowing your foots perspiration to escape.
  • The Importance of the Sock - Do you like cotton socks - and wear them all the time, regardless of the weather? Well, put those socks away since you don't want to use them outdoors in the winter months. Why? Simple, they make your foot colder. Instead, use socks made of fleece, IsoWool and similar type fabrics.
  • The Sock Liner - The step child in winter that is often forgotten. Yet, the sock can make a crucial difference in taking water off your foot and putting it someplace else.
  • The Snow Gator - No, it doesn't have teeth and it doesn't swim. Instead, the snow gator wraps itself around your lower leg and keeps the snow out - thereby preventing snow from getting inside your boot where it can make a mess and make your feet cold all at the same time.
  • The Boots Insulation Value - In cold weather, get a boot with a high insulation value, obviously. Read this section to learn more about how boots are rated and what can affect the rating.
  • Conclusion and Recommendations - Some concluding thoughts and my own recommendaitons on the type of boots you should get, which are either Sorel Boots (for strenous/muddy/wet activities) or Ugg Boots (for stylish city uses).

Rule 1 - Dry Feet = Warm Feet

First, it is important to remember rule #1. This rule states that Dry Feet = Warm Feet. If you don’t bother to read anything else in this article, try to remember this rule!

The primary reason for cold feet and toes in cold weather is that the foot itself is often wet. If you can keep the foot and toes dry, you can prevent most cold feet and toe problems.

Waterproof Boots

It goes without saying that a boot that absorbs water (is not waterproof) is going to get your feet wet, too. Happily, there are many, many types of boots on the market today that have various types of waterproofing on them.

The most popular type of waterproofing will be found in Gore-Tex and similar type fabrics that are specifically designed to prevent outside moisture from entering through the shell of the boot. Leather boots, when properly treated with a water proofing treatment, also work very well in keeping moisture from penetrating the outer shell of the boot. And finally, there are boot types such as Sorel’s that have leather uppers (which are fully waterproof when treated) and rubber lowers. The rubber lowers allows the person wearing the boot to wander through water and mud at will – as the water completely sheds off the shell of the boot.

Thus, the first step in keeping feet warm and dry in cold weather is to make sure you have a boot that won’t defeat your efforts by allowing water to penetrate into the inner part of the boot through the boots outer shell.

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