You know your feet are warm when you don’t notice them, but when they’re cold you can’t keep them off your mind.
They are the paradigm of discomfort and have a negative effect on your mood and sense for enjoyment. Let’s look at some simple ways to keep feet warm in winter, and allow you to enjoy the season.
Keep your feet dry
If you take nothing else from this article, understand that dry feet endorse warm feet; you can’t have wet and warm feet! It’s important that your feet, socks and the insoles of your shoes are bone dry when you are putting them on.
To keep your feet dry in wet conditions, you’ll need water-proof clogs. If there’s a dampness permeating your shoes and soaking your socks, they’re not water-proof. The moisture will slowly penetrate your winter feet and leave them feeling cold and uncomfortable. Look for shoes with a thick sole and a heavy duty leather shell to keep warm feet in winter.
To keep your feet warm in cold, winter temperatures, you’ll require a thick sock of some sort. You probably have dozens of pairs of socks in a drawer at home, but none that are specifically designed for warmth. For instance, cotton socks are redundant in cold temperatures because they have little or no insulation value; they’re a summer sock essentially, designed to let the foot breathe in warm conditions. Even doubling them up can be counter-productive.
A winter sock – made from wool, shearling, fleece or another synthetic material – is what you need under your leather shoes to keep warm feet in winter. They have terrific insulation properties and can soak up any sweat secreted by the foot without affecting its temperature and conveniently use the body-heat to stay dry.
If you are very serious about keeping your feet warm in winter, then you should think about investing in a pair of sock-liners, which are put on under the winter sock. Not only do they act as another layer of insulation, they actually act as a conduit - for any moisture produced by the foot - to the sock, whilst remaining perfectly dry themselves. Since dry feet promote warm feet, then the merits of sock-liner can’t be understated.
Other tips for keeping warm feet
Being active circulates your blood through your legs to your feet, and is a natural way of keeping them warm. Be sure that your footwear isn’t restrictive; if your shoes don’t fit properly or your socks are too tight, they will inhibit the flow of blood to your feet which will affect their temperature. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to stay hydrated and help the blood circulation to the feet.
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