Is there a way to stop your feet from sweating in your wellies? You bet. There are actually a few things you can do – pick wellies that work with your feet, wear more absorbent socks, take advantage of that foot powder, and remember that your feet need time to breathe too.
That’s just the short answer. For all the details on how to keep your feet dry and happy, check out our nifty little guide.
Choose the Right Wellies for Your Feet
This is overlooked more than it should be – pick the wellies that are right for you. If you’re walking the dogs five miles a day you need boots that are breathable and offer good support. If you’re just using them to potter around the garden, a standard cheap pair will do nicely.
So, what are the right wellies to stop your feet from sweating? Well, you’re going to want a breathable boot that allows plenty of ventilation to your feet. Neoprene is often the best choice because of this and the fact that it remains such a durable material.
You also need to consider the lining of the boot. This also adds to the breathability, and a stifling lining will not allow for adequate airflow to prevent sweating. It is best to go for a wool lining as this is the most breathable material, not to mention warm in winter and cool in summer.
Some boots have leather linings, and this can go one of two ways. There are some that will be quite breathable and others that will stifle your feet and leaving them sweating terribly. Make sure you check out the reviews for these boots before you buy straight into their breathability.
Make sure they fit properly. They should be snug, but not tight, and allow your feet the flexibility to move freely while you walk. Wellies that are too tight will constrict your feet, causing them to overheat and sweat far more easily. A snug yet comfortable fit is the way to go.
Wear Absorbent Socks
These are so helpful, and your walk will never be quite the same again. These socks wick the moisture away from your feet, allowing the sock to absorb the sweat and keep your toes feeling happy and ensuring they don’t get cold from all that sweat.
The best material to use is wool as it is natural, breathable, and perfect for getting the moisture away. Just make sure you are buying socks that have been designed to absorb moisture as opposed to a regular pair of wool socks.
You’ll be able to tell because they will be moisture wicking, and you can also check out the customer reviews to see if they were happy with the results.
Change Your Socks Regularly
I’ll be the first to admit, I have easily gone a week without changing my socks. Maybe more, but let’s not get into that. It’s commonly done, but not changing your socks (especially between walks) is one of the leading causes of sweaty feet.
First, your feet haven’t necessarily had a chance to breathe outside of their sock prison. Secondly, the sock is full of all the dirt, gunk, and sweat of the day. This means you’re just adding to the soup your feet will have to sit in during the next walk.
Your feet won’t just smell, they will also be more prone to blisters as well as fungal infections. Plus, it makes them super dirty if they are just sitting in their own fluids the whole time.
Use Antiperspirant on Your Feet
You can use the regular stuff or buy something that has been specially designed for your feet. When you spray the antiperspirant on your feet, it temporarily blocks the sweat glands. This keeps them happy and dry throughout your walk.
The important thing to remember is that the spray should be washed off after your walk so that the glands can open up and your feet are able to breathe freely. There are loads of sprays out there marketed specifically for feet as well, so make sure you check with your pharmacist.
Try Foot Powder
One of the worst parts about having sweaty feet is athlete’s foot. It smells, it’s irritating for you to deal with, and it can be tough to get rid of. To help avoid foot fungus as well as blisters, you might want to give foot powder a go.
Usually, you will sprinkle it on your feet or inside your socks before putting them on. Following this, you can walk around all day and the powder will absorb any sweat to keep your feet dry. If you are going on long excursions, it is best to carry some with you so that you can top up.
Talcum powder is usually the top choice, especially as it is readily available. However, you can also talk to your pharmacist about other options. This is good if your feet sweat a lot as you may be recommended an anti-fungal powder or something with more strength than talcum.
Let Your Feet Breathe
This links in nicely with our first point about picking the right boots. Your feet need to breathe, otherwise, it becomes a hot and muggy environment – perfect for blisters and fungal infections. So, how do you let your feet breathe?
As per our first section, you have to choose a breathable lining that will allow for the proper circulation of air around your feet. The best one to pick is wool as it allows your feet to breathe while also helping to regulate the temperature.
GORE-TEX is also a very breathable material, one commonly used in combat boots. It is a fabric membrane that has been used for decades as both a way to waterproof as well as to keep the air around your feet circulating.
Will merino wool socks prevent sweaty feet?
Absolutely, it’s of the best materials out there and truly a natural wonder. It can absorb an impressive 30% of its own weight in moisture without feeling even a little damp. With anti-microbial properties, it’s both breathable and insulating for your comfort.
Will talcum powder work the same as foot powder?
Yes, talcum powder does work in the same way as foot powder and is a great way to absorb moisture and stop your feet from sweating. However, if you have a fungal infection or any foot conditions, consult with your doctor first as you may need a specific type of powder.
Are blisters caused by sweating?
Definitely, blisters can be caused by sweating. While you are walking, the sweat pores in your feet can become narrowed and clogged, trapping the sweat in the skin. As this rubs against your socks and boots, it causes redness and blisters to form.
Why do my feet feel wet in my wellies?
If your feet feel wet in your wellies and there are no leaks or holes, it is just sweat. You will find that your socks are often damp or soaked, and tall wellies may also cause your legs to sweat.
Sweaty feet could be a thing of the past if you follow our advice. It really can be as simple as putting a little more thought into the boots you buy or just investing in a new pair of socks. Regardless of which tricks you try, we hope you have more pleasant and comfortable walks.
We have some fantastic guides on breathable wellies and walking socks, so if you fancy taking a look at some of the best choices on the market look no further. Want to learn more about taking care of your feet and boots? We’ve got you covered there as well.
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