How to Keep Your Feet Warm in Snow

How to Keep Your Feet Warm in Snow
The biggest mistakes people make dressing for snow are wearing the wrong boots and socks, which allow the feet to get wet, and tying their boots too tight, which prevents the blood from circulating adequately. Without good blood circulation, your feet cannot stay warm. The trick to keeping your feet warm in cold, snowy conditions is to keep your feet dry, insulated and give your feet wiggle room.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Synthetic liner socks
  • Thick wool socks
  • Felt insole inserts
  • High-topped waterproof boots rated for snow use
  • Gaiters
  • Foot warmer packets
Step 1
Wear a pair of synthetic liner socks to wick moisture away from the skin. Sock liners made out of synthetic materials such as polypropylene or acrylic dry much faster than natural fibers and keep the feet dry and warm by pulling moisture away from the skin, to the outside of the sock, where the moisture evaporates.
Step 2
Pull on a pair of thick wool socks over the synthetic liner socks. Wool will insulate your feet and keep them warm.
Step 3
Place felt insole inserts inside of rubber insole boots for extra warmth. Rubber insoles tend to make your feet colder, so felt insoles add insulation and provide warmth. If your boot insoles are not rubber, the felt insole inserts are not necessary, but you can use them if you desire extra warmth and cushion for the soles of your feet.
Step 4
Lace high-topped, waterproof boots tight enough so that they stay on your foot, but loose enough to allow for proper blood circulation in your feet. To determine if your boots are tied to the correct tightness, take a few steps and wiggle your toes around. Your heels should not slide up and down in the shoe, but you should be able to wiggle your toes.
Step 5
Place a gaiter over each boot. This will keep snow from entering inside your boots. If you have pants that tie at the cuffs over the boots, you do not need gaiters. Otherwise, gaiters are essential for keeping the snow out of your boots and your feet dry.
Step 6
Insert foot warmer packets inside of your shoes for extra warmth, when needed.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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