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Footway in snowy woodsWe all know it’s that time of year when the temperatures start consistently falling. The days of 70 degree weather have temporarily left us and in their place come the blustery, wintry conditions with freezing and below freezing temperatures. This type of weather can have a huge affect on not just your entire body, but particularly with your feet.

Wearing the proper insulated shoes/boots this winter is an important part of your winter wardrobe. If you’re ever outside for long periods of time, whether it be because of work, or you’re doing more recreational activities like camping, hiking, or hunting, you’ll want to definitely protect your feet.

Know The Science

  • When you’re overall temperature drops, the physiological response of your body is to reduce blow flow to the extremities in order to keep vital organs warm. So your hands and feet will start to feel the effects of the cold before anything else, and thus must receive special attention with them being more at risk.
  • Because of this, you’ll want to heat up the core of your body so that blood flow to your feet stays up and your overall temperature also stays up. Wearing well insulated attire like men’s, women’s and kid’s north face jackets will help with keeping up blood circulation.

Wet Feet=Cold Feet

  • If there’s snow just sitting on top of your boots, then chances are you’ll eventually feel the coldness of that snow. You want boots that are water resistant and will stave off the cold snow and water of the outdoors.
  • 5529302992_c4e4dffb9e_zBrands like men’s and women’s Ugg boots are good, but there are many more like the time-tested Crocodiles by Outdoor Research. Obviously, if you like your Ugg Bailey Buttons and they do the job for you, then stick with them, but the Crocodiles are a solid second option that have durable waterproof fabrics among other features.
  • You may not realize it, even after short activity, moisture from your feet builds up in liners. once your boots are wet, they won’t insulate well. Therefore, you may want to pull out your liners or insoles to ensure they dry properly while not in use.
  • Your biggest, bulkiest boots may not be the best option all the time. Unless conditions call for it, put them to the side and wear lighter thinner boots until you actually step out in the cold. Otherwise, you’re feet will sweat easily, meaning your boots will build up moisture inside and your feet will feel cold instead of what you intend for them to be.

Proper Layers and Proper Sizes

  • Even if you’re getting your young ones some kids Ugg boots, getting the proper size is crucial to how many layers of socks one might need to wear. A good tip is to purchase boots a tad larger than your normal shoes so as to allow for room to wear multiple layers of socks in the tough, cold conditions.
  • Keep in mind, if you’re having to put on 3 or more layers of socks, it may mean you’re not wearing the right kind of socks, but also may mean your boots are just too big to maneuver in. Some boots are specially made to already be larger to accommodate for layers of socks, so you may not need to order a size up.
  • You may also want to add an extra insole if on a particular expedition out in the cold. This could also affect the fitting and breathability of your boots, so keep that in mind when trying on new boots or ordering online.
  • As with any shoe, never be afraid to try on those boots before purchase!