How to Keep Your Feet Warm in the
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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