How to Warm Your Feet and (Keep Them That Way!)

How to Warm Your Feet and (Keep Them That Way!)

Posted by Apex Foot Health on 28th Oct 2022

The average winter temperature in the U.S. is 33.2 °F.

As even winter lovers know, one of the most infuriating things about low temps is how cold your feet get. If this is something that's plagued you every year, it might feel hopeless trying to fix it.

But it doesn't have to be! Keep reading for these tips for warm feet and keeping them that way.

1. Choose the Right Socks

The basics of achieving toasty feet this winter are socks. Many people will layer up or use thick socks to keep them warm. But this can create pressure, and in turn, it'll reduce blood flow and circulation.

So what socks are best? Ones that are moisture-wicking, thin to medium thickness, and breathable. Also, consider the material, you won't get good results with cotton, for example.

Their insulation value is almost zero (especially when wet), and they absorb water. You want to go with wool socks instead. Wool is not only one of the warmest materials, but it'll both absorb and repel water.

Close up of family's feet wearing wool socks in front of fireplace.

2. Choose the Right Shoes

In cold weather, your shoes will provide the first layer of protection. Their role is vital in avoiding moisture build-up and, thus cold toes. You'll want shoes that are waterproof and breathable, so sweat can escape and not build up.

A warm winter-proofed pair of boots with thicker soles will work better than sneakers. Make sure you're checking them on a regular basis though, for any tears or holes. If you find damage, get it repaired or replace the boots to avoid wet, cold feet.

3. Have Innersoles Designed for Warmth

You might not know this, but you will lose heat faster if you stand on a cold surface compared to cold air. If you still get chilly toes after the suggestions above, look into woolen innersole.

The right innersoles provide an extra layer between your feet and the soles of your boots. Not only does this add warmth, but it also provides more comfort and helps reduce any smelly odors.

4. Boost Your Circulation With Exercise

If you're noticing your feet getting cold, get up and go for a walk. It doesn't have to be a long one, or at a fast pace; it's just to get your circulation moving more. For the more active, a jog will work, or some jumping jacks instead.

Physical exercise increases your blood flow into extremities like your feet and hands. In turn, this will boost the temperature of your body, chasing away the cold. It can also help to improve your mood and give you more energy for the rest of your day.

Mother and son walking on a field in winter time.

5. Dry Your Boots Out Between Wears

As we've stressed already, wet feet are the precursor to cold feet so dry your boots between wearing them. Take them off as soon as you get in and put them in a dry place with newspaper scrunched inside. Don't leave them near a heat source, though as this can start to warp and damage them.

If they get dirty, clean them as soon as you can as this will prevent permanent staining and scuffs. It's also worth spraying them with a high-quality shoe protector too. Not only does it repel stains, but it also adds another layer of waterproofing to keep pesky moisture out.

Boots at the entrance of the house on the doormat.

Warm Feet Don't Have to Be a Dream This Winter

The good news is that it's easy to achieve warm feet this winter with a bit of preparation. Invest in some good woolen socks as well as the right pair of winter shoes. By far, this will make the most difference to both indoor and outdoor foot comfort.

Drying your shoes between uses, keeping active, and adding insoles will also give a boost of warmth. Follow these tips, and you'll be well on the way to your feet's most comfortable winter yet.

And if you want the perfect shoes, socks, and insoles that will tailor to your feet needs this winter check out our store today. At Apex, our range comes doctor recommended and designed by foot health specialists to get the best results for you.