Winter Weather Guide
How to Keep Your Feet Warm

Winter Socks

Like most people, your sock drawer at home is probably crowded full of a wide variety of styles and colors of cotton socks. And a quality winter sock is likely nowhere to be found except for perhaps lost somewhere in your basement.

The SmartWool Sock - Your Foots best friend in winter

Unfortunatley, wearing cotton socks in winter weather - particularly if you engage in strenuous activities - is a recipe for cold feet and frostbitten toes. The reason? Simple. Wearing cotton socks during winter weather have the real potential to make your foot colder than if you wore no sock at all! How is this so?

The reason cotton socks are absolutely terrible choices for winter weather is because cotton socks have little insulation value AND because they absorb and then hold moisture. Worse yet, once a cotton sock is wet, it loses ALL insulation value - and if that wasn't enough the cotton sock, once wet, then begins to coat your foot with a nice film of perspiration (which is water, remember?).

The end result of wearing cotton socks during the winter is that as your foot perspires the sock absorbs the moisture then holds it - thereby coating your foot with a slick film of water while losing all insulation value in the process. And since a wet foot is a recipe for a cold foot, only if you really enjoy cold, wet, slimy feet should you ever consider wearing a cotton sock when engaging in outdoor winter activities!

Because of this, if you spend much time outdoors in winte weather or participate in strenuous activities, a quality winter sock should be worn. The importance of wearing the right sock in winter weather can not be understated. Wearing the latest, greatest and most expensive winter boot will do little to combat cold feet if you are wearing cotton socks.

Recommended Winter Stock

Smartwool Socks - Review and Detailed Information

Importance of Winter Socks

So, what do you wear for a sock during the winter. Why, a dedicated winter sock of course. For cold weather, a sock made of wool, IsoWool, shearling, fleece and similar type synthetic materials should be used. The reason these types socks are excellent for winter wear is because if the socks get wet (due to excessive perspiration from the foot), the socks themselves do not lose their insulating properties. Additionally, these socks are also generally far thicker than a standard thin cotton sock, allowing the sock to absorb far more moisture. Moreover, and one of the neatest features of these types of socks, is that they can actually dry themselves out by simply being worn. The body heat of a person can actually dry out these types of socks.

Remember, in cold weather - particularly if you engage in strenuous activities - avoid any socks that has any cotton content in it. Your foot will be thankful to you for it.

Want a quick recommendation on a winter sock? Smartwool socks are my favorite choice, by far, in winter socks. Read the review of Smartwool Socks for additional information. But there's nothing wrong with Wigwam socks or Thorlos, either (I'm just a shearling junkie, hence I prefer Smartwool).

The Sock Liner

The sock liner is probably the most forgotten about asset in keeping your feet dry in cold weather. A sock liner pulls double duty – both by adding in some extra insulation value (although it is very marginal) as well as by effectively transferring perspiration from the foot directly to the sock that the person wears. In essence, a sock liner takes the water off your foot and moves it to the sock – with the sock liner itself remaining perfectly dry (due to the construction of these types of socks). Because of transfer of moisture off the foot to the sock, your feet remain perfectly dry (even during periods of great exertion), thus greatly increasing the probability of keeping your feet warm.

Thus, if you spend lots of time doing strenuous activities during the winter months, consider investing in a few pairs of sock liners. You'll be amazed at how effective these thin little socks are in keeping your foot dry - and thus warm!

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