11 Ways to Keep Your Feet Warm in Winter

Constantly having cold feet is uncomfortable, and for some, painful.  

We’ll share with you eleven different ways that you can keep your feet warm no matter what.  

Whether you are looking for that touch of added warmth indoors or when outside for an extended period, you’ll come away with some actionable tips for more comfortable feet.

1. Invest in the Right Socks

Having warm and comfortable feet comes down to choosing the right socks.  Avoid cotton when looking for warmth; instead, go with natural animal fibers or artificial fabrics.  Natural animal fibers such as merino wool or cashmere work well to regulate the temperature of your feet.  Polyester, micro modal, and other synthetic fabrics retain heat while wicking moisture.

Additionally, thermal socks are an option for below-average temperatures.  Thermal socks are available in various styles and are often made from acrylic, polyester, and spandex.  These socks work well to trap heat but may cause sweating if the temperatures aren’t cold enough.  

Lastly, some companies make thermal socks that have heat coils.  These socks can keep your feet warm for approximately five hours.  

2. Slippers Provide a Barrier

Consider investing in a pair of slippers that surround the feet, such as moccasins.  Slippers with shearling fur regulate temperature and provide a comfortable and cushioned step.  A faux version of shearling fur, Sherpa is a less expensive and warmer alternative.

If temperatures are moderate, consider slippers with back openings or toe holes that facilitate airflow to prevent sweat and odor buildup.

3. Toe Warmers Provide Temporary Relief

Like hand warmers, toe warmers provide temporary relief from cold conditions.  Lasting up to 8 hours, a toe warmer is a thin packet of minerals that stick to the area between your toes and the ball of your foot.  

Toe warmers are an effective way to keep your feet warm during skiing, skating, ice fishing, and other outdoor winter activities.

4. Thermal Insoles

Many shoes and boots feature thin insoles that provide poor insulation against cold temperatures and frozen ground.  A thermal insole is constructed differently and contains synthetic insulating material such as 3Ms Thinsulate that protects the bottom of your feet from the cold.

If you are concerned about bulk, don’t be, thermal insoles are not much larger than the insoles that came with your shoes; they are just built differently.

5. Place Shoes and Socks Near a Heat Source

Depending on the heating system in your house, you may have floor panels, radiators, or other heat sources near the door or mudroom.  Placing your winter socks and boots next to a heating vent gives you a pleasant toasty experience before heading out the door.

Note: If you have leather boots, don’t do this too much.  Excessive exposure to hot and cold elements can quickly degrade the leather and shorten the boot’s lifespan.

6. Wear the Right Boots

Winter boots come in many different varieties, from the classic Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger to the Sorel Explorers. Wear a winter boot with no mesh netting or holes; specifically, you should consider waterproof winter boots.  These boots will keep the heat in and the cold rain or snow out.  

7. Stay Active

Standing still for too long cools your body down and causes discomfort. Instead, increasing activity such as jumping jacks, a light jog, walking, jumping, etc., will help move blood throughout your body, keeping the muscles warm.  

8. Layer Up

Whether inside or out, adding another layer of protection with socks can help warm your feet.  Consider wearing a liner sock under a bulky or loose-fitting house or thermal sock.  The additional layer allows the warm air to act as an insulator for your feet.

9. Extreme Outdoors

If you are going out on a hike in the winter or are working outside for an extended period, consider wearing gaiters.  Gaiters keep your feet dry by slipping over your leg and part of your boot to prevent snow or water from getting to your feet.  

10. Outdoor Sleeping

Wear a vapor barrier liner if you are camping outdoors and want warm feet while sleeping.  This loose-fitting sleeve fits over your feet (shoes included) to trap air and warm your feet.  They also do an excellent job of keeping any moisture out as well.

11. Foot Spa for Instant Relief

There is perhaps no better feeling in the world than placing your feet into a nice warm foot bath.  This small bath quickly warms up your feet and provides a nice mild massage.  Be sure to add a few therapeutic oils to make the foot bath more relaxing.

Theo Lawson

With a five-year background in men's fashion, Theo Lawson has shifted his focus to the world of socks. To him, socks are more than just a piece of clothing - they're a way to express yourself and make a statement.

To improve his knowledge, Theo consults with manufacturers and interviews industry leaders to stay up-to-date on the latest sock trends. His dedication to the field has earned him the trust of companies, celebrities, and sock enthusiasts, making him a true testament to the impact that one person can have when passionately pursuing their expertise.

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