Everyone hates getting cold feet. Sometimes even the heaviest of socks won’t stop your toes from going numb, especially if there is snow. I found this really cool hack which really does keep your feet warm in the winter when it’s freezing cold outside. You could use this when hunting, fishing, or even just on a daily basis if you get cold feet a lot.
Before I explain how you can keep your feet warm in the cold winter weather using this hack, I am going to give you a few tips which I have found work very well for keeping your feet warm and dry.
Tips and Tricks
When you wear hiking boots, shoes, steel toe boots or even wellington boots for any length of time, the inside starts to get damp, this is due to the sweat coming off your feet, and collecting in your socks, shoe sole and the inside of the shoe in general. For the most part, this is the main reason as to why your feet get really cold, and sore. To combat this, there are a few things you can do:
Kitchen Roll Stuffing
When your are done with your boots, stuff them full of kitchen roll or old newspaper, this will absorb any moisture that is in your boots, and help to keep them dry and smell free. You could even do this if you take your boots off for any length of time during the day. I tend to do it at lunch time.
Change your socks every 3-4 hours
Your feet tend to sweat when wearing footwear of any kind. Changing your socks every 3-4 hours, and hanging them around your neck, or even on your backpack to allow them to air out is a great way to help keep your feet warm and dry when wearing boots, shoes, or whatever.
To help keep your feet warm in the cold, you can apply deodorant to your feet the night before. It takes about six hours for deodorant to be most effective on sweat glands. This will help to stop your feet sweating, and creating moisture in your footwear, which leads to cold feet.
Let your footwear air out
When changing your socks, stop, have a break, and let your feet and boots air out for 10 or 15 minutes. This can help to keep your feet warm and dry when it’s cold outside. I know you may not want to sit in the freezing cold weather with no shoes or socks on, so bring a small towel along, and wrap it around your feet while airing your boots out.
One of the main uses of powder is to absorb moisture. It is an old army trick that has been used throughout the years, and proven to work well. Put some baby powder in your boots, on your feet, and even put some in your socks. It helps to absorb any moisture that may come off your feet, in turn, keeping them warm.
Baking soda is a very inexpensive alternative, and it does just as good of a job!
Don’t Wear too Many Layers
Try not to wear too many layers on your feet, the tighter your feet feel in your boots, the colder they will get. I usually like a small air space around my feet, this acts as insulation, and actually helps keep feet warm. The same goes for socks that are very tight, try wearing one pair of merino wool socks, and not two pairs of really thick socks.
The above should help you keep your feet dry inside whatever you are wearing, this is equally as important as the next tip, as keeping your feet warm in the cold weather is a lot harder to do when you are wearing damp socks or footwear.
Hack: How to Keep You Feet Warm in the Winter
Now that you know what you need to complete the task, just follow the instructions below.
- Take the sole out of your boot and set it face down (the side your feet rests on) on the sun shade
- Use your sharpie to trace an outline of the insole
- Use scissors to cut out around the outline your just drew on the sun shade
- Put the new “custom sole” and old insole back into you boot
That’s it, you now have a great way to keep your feet warm in cold weather.
How it Works
This works well as the sun shade reflects the cold back out of your boot, and helps to reflect the body heat back into the boot, or, rather, stops your body heat leaving your boot. It works the same as insulation in your home.
Hopefully the tips in this article help you keep your feet warm in the winter time, and you won’t have to be dealing with numb toes again!