If you’ve ever had both feet freezing during winter, I bet you wish this experience would never happen again. Nothing keeps you from enjoying a day outside like having your toes feel numb. It makes it hard to think about something else… Here are our advices on how to keep your feet warm during winter time!
Choose the right boots
Wearing a warm boot often does not suffice; multiples factors play a role when it comes to choosing the boots to wear for a day outdoors. The size of the boots is primordial. First, always go for a boot
that is a little too loose rather than a little too tight. Also, if you are wearing half a point, always choose the size above. If your boots are too tight, it could compromise a good blood flow to your feet and
it might make it hard to wear the right pair of socks (we will get back to it). The ideal boot size allows you to run a finger behind your heel (when your foot is stepping into the boot), and gives you an inch of play between your longest toe and the inner end of the boot.
Select the fur adapted to your needs
Fur boots (especially ours) are a safe bet to keep your feet warm. However, certain furs provide considerable advantages when it’s time to practice certain outdoor activities. For example, if you are a snowmobile enthusiast, we strongly recommend a natural beaver fur boot. The beaver’s extra thick down and long, glossy coat cut the wind and keep your feet warm whether you’re behind the wheel or sitting in the back of the snowmobile. If you plan to be more physically active outdoors, opt for a cow hair boot that will give you more resistance. For more information on the specifics of different furs and their added value in your outdoor activities, see our other blog post on this subject.
Pay attention to the thickness of your sole
When buying a winter boot, you should always make sure that the thickness of the sole is above 2 cm. When the sole is not thick enough, the underside of the boot cools faster and you will end up feeling cold on your feet. As for interior sole, the principle is the same. The thicker it is, the less quickly it cools. For the insole, the ideal is real sheepskin. Otherwise, sheep’s wool is always a winner!
Choosing the right socks
Customers often ask us: which pair of socks should I put in my boots and how many pairs should I layer? Our answer: One pair of merino wool socks is enough. Unlike synthetic fiber socks, merino wool is an active fiber that adapts to changes in body temperature. In addition, it is known to be ultra-light and breathable. If you are very cautious or anticipate that you will be cold, go for a second pair of socks but be careful not to wear more than two; it compresses the foot and can affect your blood circulation. Also, if you just get too hot and sweaty on your feet, it will create humidity which will make you more vulnerable to the cold.
Heated sole or sheep sole
To add an extra dose of warmth to your boots, it is possible to add a heated sole or a sheep sole. For several reasons, we favor the sole of sheep. The latter adds warmth and insulation to your boot, in addition to absorbing shocks and ensuring lasting comfort, without the need to recharge it!