A cold winter’s morning. You’d rather be home on your eighth cup of tea, but there are dogs to be walked, work to be done. The only issue is that you just can’t seem to get your feet warm in your wellies. Your toes are more like ice blocks. Does this sound familiar?
If you’re left wondering how to keep your feet warm in wellies, well it’s pretty simple. You’ve got to insulate your feet, invest in some moisture-wicking socks, maybe cheat a little with some toe warmers. You should also try picking up the pace and walking faster.
That’s just a quick rundown. Sick of icy toes? Well, it’s time for you to settle down with this brilliant guide.
Insulate Your Feet
There are other ways you can insulate your feet, although you might have to get a little creative with it. You can use duct tape to wrap the top of your shoes and plug up the mesh if you have some lying around. It’s not the prettiest solution, but it is effective.
A sandwich bag can also be slipped over your foot if needed, acting as an insert that won’t cause your feet to sweat even when you are walking for miles. They are also thin enough they will fit in your boot and with your socks effortlessly.
Another free method is surrounding your feet with newspaper, a trick so popular that professional Tour de France cyclists use it. A recyclable insulator, you can use old newspaper or even paper serviettes – whatever is at your disposal. Just fold it around your toes and off you go.
Finally, you can use disposable shower caps. Not great for the environment, but good in a pinch. Just put them around your feet and then slide your shoes on. This particular method isn’t recommended for hiking or work because it can cause your feet to sweat over time.
Double Up Your Socks
Wearing two pairs of cotton socks is always a good idea as it will keep your feet warm but also ensures your feet don’t rub against the interior of your boots. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but also the most effective as a quick and easy solution to cold feet.
Wool socks are best because of their natural comfort as well as the fact that they are breathable. They also come in varying thicknesses so that you can find the perfect combination to slide in your wellies.
A little sneaky side tip? If you wear a pair of tights under your double socks it doesn’t add to the thickness but it certainly can help to increase the insulation and bring your feet some much-needed warmth during cold walks – all without greatly increasing the risk of sweating.
Keep Your Feet Dry
It’s important to keep your feet dry, especially when you are working or walking in wet conditions. Wet cold feet are uncomfortable, and it can lead to an increased risk of fungal infections. Make sure your chosen footwear is waterproof and insulated.
You can also invest in a pair of those moisture-wicking socks we mentioned, as sweat can be just as bad for your cold feet as a leaky boot. Sweat also causes blisters, which can be incredibly painful as well as easily infected.
Keep Out of the Rain and Snow
Easier said than done, and if you can’t keep out of the wet weather there are a couple of ways around it. The first is making sure your wellies are waterproof. After all, you want to be able to wear them in cold weather. The vast majority of models are, but always check before you buy.
While the boots are waterproof, you may still find rain and snow gets in through the top as it slides down your legs. An easy solution is waterproof trousers that go over the top of the boot or even a long coat that goes down past your knees. Added bonus: they keep all of you warm.
Cheat with Toe Warmers
These are sneaky solutions, but one that you won’t regret. You activate them as per the manufacturer’s instructions and then slip them into your boots to keep your toes warm. Some can last as long as ten hours, but six is the average for most brands. Ideal for hiking, camping, and work.
Quick tip: check if you are picking up reusable or single-use toe warmers. While the single-use models are great in a pinch, the reusable ones are better value for money as well as less wasteful for a better environmental impact.
Sounds a little too simple, but it’s also true. When you walk faster, blood flow increases due to your faster heart rate. As the blood pumps quickly throughout your body, it will heat your feet as well as rising through your body – just like going for a jog will get your body nice and toasty.
Just make sure you start slow and speed things up over time. After all, you don’t want to end up with torn or aching muscles. A slow and steady build-up is the best way to get some heat as well as gently work your muscles.
Wear Less Breathable Shoes
While athletic boots often have air holes on the top of the shoes, known as mesh uppers, these can make them less waterproof and resistant to the cold. Instead, invest in a pair of boots that are completely sealed. This doesn’t mean your feet can’t breathe and will be sweaty either.
While mesh uppers are rare in wellies, they do exist, and you will also find there are some boots that are made of more breathable materials. Invest in some breathable cotton socks that allow for good airflow and moisture-wicking while also keeping your feet warm and cosy. It’s a perfect balance.
Is wool the best material for socks?
Definitely. Wool is the best material for socks because it is natural, versatile, and breathable. It keeps your feet ventilated but will also ensure they are warm in the winter as well as cool in the summer months. They are also wonderfully soft and comfortable.
Do all fleece liners fit every brand?
Generally speaking, fleece liners are a one size fits all kind of deal. You buy a pair, and you should find that they slip in nicely with an easy 90% of welly boots. Just be aware that boots that are quite narrow at the calf, ankle, or foot, may make slipping them in more difficult.
What are toe warmers?
Toe warmers are little inserts that you can slip into your boots to keep them toasty throughout your walk. They work a lot like hand warmers, just activate them as per the instructions and you will have an easy few hours of heat to prevent cold feet.
Your toes deserve to be warm, and while it can feel impossible we can assure you that these tips will help you achieve toasty feet that are comfortable throughout your walk. Make sure you let us know which ones you found helpful and which you think need a little improvement.
If you’re interested in learning more about caring for your feet while out and about, we have some great guides that you can flick through for more information. Ready to pick up some cosy new wellies or welly socks? We’ve got buyer’s guides for those too!
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