Nobody likes cold feet. Even worse, nobody likes cold and wet feet. If you’re like me, then you get cold feet a lot and they end up going numb and just being generally uncomfortable. As we get further into winter cold feet become more of a regular problem for most people.
But we are here to help you (don’t say we’re not good to you) with our top tips on how to keep your feet warm, which will be especially important at this time of year as the MET office have predicted a freezing winter (even though we can’t really trust anything the weather forecasters say).
So here we go, our top tips (which mainly centre around socks) to keep your feet warm in the winter months:
- SOCKS & THEIR MATERIAL
Sounds pretty obvious doesn’t it? If you wear any type of socks your feet will stay at least somewhat warm, right? Wrong. There are certain tricks of the trade you should take into account when putting your socks on or buying socks to keep your feet warm.
AVOID COTTON SOCKS.
You may love how cotton feels on your feet or maybe you don’t even look at the materials and end up buying cotton shoes. Cotton, especially in cold and wet weather will actually make your feet colder. Cotton will also get wet with sweat quickly but it won’t keep its warmth while wet. Also, the cotton will get cold and because it doesn’t dry out easily, in really cold weather will freeze.
So what is the solution and best alternative to cotton socks? Woollen or Coolmax (like out integra.wear) socks. Coolmax are fabrics that employ specially-engineered polyester fibres to improve breathability compared to natural fibres like cotton.
The integra.wear socks made with Coolmax
Woollen socks could be classed as the primo socks. They have the best fibres on the market to keep your toes warm. Wool both repels and absorbs water which makes it a versatile and incredible material for socks.
So for our first tip broken down, avoid cotton and GO. FOR. WOOL.
The thickness of your sock is more important than you think. Thicker doesn’t necessarily mean warmer because it’s the material of your sock that really matters and makes the difference. On top of this, if your sock is too thick for your shoe it could cut off circulation to your toes because of pressure. This doesn’t mean though that you should use small or overly thin socks though. Bigger socks trap more warm air next to your body and provide better insulation.
If it’s really cold and you’re going to be out in that cold all day, then layer up. Use a thin sock underneath with a thicker outer socks. You can also get liner socks to add that extra little layer or warmth and protection to your feet in the cold temperatures.
- FIT FOR PURPOSE
Make sure your socks are fit for purpose and for the shoes which you’ll be wearing. When you’re buying socks for warmth, look at the shoes you’ll wear them with. Even better, when trying on shoes try and take the socks you’ll wear with them with you to make sure that they’re comfortable.
It’s also important to take the shoes you’re wearing into consideration when putting socks on. For trainers, go for heavier and thicker socks but for winter boots wear thinner socks.
- DRY FEET
The primary reason for cold feet and toes in cold weather is that the foot is often wet itself. Also, sweat will make your feet wet. So you want to make sure and do whatever you can to keep your feet dry.
Also make sure that you take a spare pair of socks with you if you’re going to be outside for a long time. That means that if your socks or feet get wet, you can dry your feet and put on a fresh pair of socks to keep them warm.
- TOE WARMERS
Toe Warmers are great especially if you’re prone to cold feet. They provide gentle heat for up to 6 hours and won’t break the bank either. They’re thin, kind of like a small insole and are great if you’re going to be outside for long periods of time. You can also get insulated foot warmers to keep your feet toasty too!
- You can also get winter insoles to give your feet that extra little bit of protection.
Remember, you lose heat from your feet and you need to heat yourself from the core up. So do what you can to keep your feet warm this winter and implement our tips to keep yourself warm and cosy!
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