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Wearing the right socks to prevent cold feet

Posted by Tony Bithell on 13th Dec 2013

When you think about it, there are many reasons why we get cold feet!

For example, health issues such as poor circulation or diabetes may be a cause, or perhaps something as simple as wearing incorrect socks, shoes or boots may cause our toes and feet to drop in temperature – the good news though, is that there are things we can do!

In this article we examine various styles of socks, footwear and accessories that can be used to prevent cold feet when out and about.

Regardless of whether you are out in the countryside hunting, working, hiking, walking, or perhaps taking your dog out for walks, you really should consider how warm and dry your feet are – and how you may prevent them from becoming sore or starting to ache due to the cold and wet!

Of course, it may be the case that, in the past, you have already bought yourself woollen socks, or special walking socks or work socks that have disappointed and just do not keep your feet warm and dry. Well, if this is the case, you may benefit from our guide on the ‘correct’ footwear and sock combination to purchase, in order to help ensure you keep your toes and feet warm and cosy, no matter how cold it gets!

Causes of Cold Feet

There are many causes of cold feet, which include:

  • thin soles on your boots or shoes
  • sweaty feet
  • past health issues such as frostbite
  • wearing cotton socks
  • wearing fabric boots in cold, windy and wet conditions

Socks for cold feet

Choosing the correct socks to wear when out and about will definitely help to keep your feet warm.

Consider that a main factor is the ‘over-heating’ of your feet! If your feet get hot and sweaty as you go about your business and you are not wearing the correct socks, it is likely your feet will get cold very quickly. Cotton socks are probably the worst socks to wear, as cotton will quickly over-heat your feet and will also hold sweat – resulting in wet and cold feet. To prevent this from happening, consider wearing socks that have a ‘moisture wicking’ capability, such as ‘Isolwool’ or ‘Coolmax’.

Below is a list of suggested socks – and additional footwear accessories – that will prevent sweaty feet and cold feet, helping you to enjoy warm, cosy feet at all times:

  1. Liner socks
  2. ‘4 Season’ socks
  3. Bootsox
  4. Insoles
  5. Welly Socks

1. Liner Socks

Liner socks offer additional warmth and layer on the foot. Liner socks come in various forms, including silk liner, coolmax liners and merino wool liner.

Silk Liners

silk liner socksSilk liner socks are warm in the winter, but cool in the summer. Silk has been used as undergarments for many years, initially, with only the wealthy being able to afford this luxury material. This slippery surface won’t cling or pull at other clothing which is why it is great as a liner sock, but is extremely warm and cosy to wear. Silk is a strong material that will last for many years. Silk also wicks away mositure to keep feet dry.

Coolmax Liners

Coolmax is a top performing fabric that wicks mositure away from the skin. Following extensive testing, this fabric has proven to draw perspiration away from the body drying the skin, resulting in a more comfortable experience.

Coolmax liner socks will also prevent blisters and other related friction problems.

Liner socks are great for walkers, hikers and for any country sports!

2. Heavyweight 4 Season Socks

4 Season socks are great for cold feet. Designed and manufactured to be suitable for all 4 seasons – spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Grisport 4 Season Endurance Socks

Grisport 4 season socks offer warmth and durability even in the most extreme weather! Grisport 4 Season SocksMade from 86% Isolwool. Isolwool is a blend of wool and polypropylene merklan which has fantastic wicking capabilities, resulting in comfortable feet all day. Check out the key features of the Grisport 4 season socks:

  • warm, light, soft and voluminous
  • flat toe seem and arch support to ensure comfort
  • padded lace guard to prevent rubbing laces
  • cushioned heel and toe for comfort at pressure points

Bridgedale Summit 4 Season Sock

An alternative 4 season sock is the Bridgedale Wool Fusion Summit Sock. A dense cushioning sock for warmth and comfort to ensure maximum warmth and maximum cushioning. The Summit sock by Bridgedale has been deisgned for mountains and cold environments with extra padding to offer extra impact resistance and extra comfort.

Key features of the Bridgedale Summit sock:

  • Heavyweight
  • Extra cushioning for warmth and comfort
  • Double cuff
  • Warm, fully terry leg
  • Double density pads underfoot
  • 3 year guarantee

4 Season heavyweight socks are great for hikers and walkers!

3. Bootsox

BootsoxWellingtons can offer great protection in wet conditions, but sometimes they can be cold and uncomfortable! Bootsox are a great addition or alternative to socks. Made from brushed polyester velour with a polyester inner foam, these bootsox will slip over your existing socks to give you extra warmth. Plus with an elastic top they won’t go anywhere! These are ideal for dog walkers!

4. Insoles

Damp is a major cause of cold feet! Thermal insoles give extra protection in low, wintry temperatures. Simply slip the thermal insoles into your existing boots for a layer of soft, cushioned walk. Bama classic warm insoles are available in wool and felta and are recommended for very low temperatures. These are great to wear in safety boots!

Thermal insoles are suitable for sturdy winter shoes and boots!

5. Welly Socks

As an alterntive to socks or bootsox, why not try the welly sock. These socks are not like traditional socks, they are liners for the wellingtons. Simply slip in the sock and turn it over at the top of the wellie for a winter-warmer liner. These extra long designs are made from premium warm fleece material and are guaranteed to keep your feet and legs warm and dry! Welly socks are great when out all day in the countryside in wellingtons. These make great gifts for hunters and beaters!

Other great socks to keep your feet warm include the 1000mile heavyweight socks and Hoggs of Fife Adventure Coolmax socks.

So, in summary, keeping warm and dry is a very important factor when out and about in the countryside. You may never have cold feet again, by trying one of the options above!

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