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How to Insulate Your Feet from the Cold

Your toes are the most vulnerable part of your body when it comes to the cold. Keep them – and the rest of your feet – toasty with these steps.


  • Step 1: Keep them dry Sweaty feet become cold feet after a few hours in cold weather. Make sure you feet are dry before you put your socks on.
  • Step 2: Put on cotton socks Slide on a pair of cotton socks. Make sure they’re not wool or synthetic: Both can trap moisture.
  • TIP: Consider using thin, lightweight socks. Though it may seem counterintuitive, thin socks can actually keep your feet warmer because they don't cause you to sweat as much.
  • Step 3: Smooth out wrinkles Smooth out the wrinkles in your socks so they don't jam between your toes.
  • Step 4: Slip on your shoes Slip on your waterproof shoes or boots.
  • TIP: Make sure your shoes or boots fit well. Shoes that are too big or small can make your feet cold, either by letting in air and water, or by cutting off circulation.
  • Step 5: Walk on water Go ahead – walk right through that puddle. Just bring along an extra pair of socks in case your boots aren't as waterproof as you thought.
  • FACT: Did you know? When hiking, the temperature drops an average of 2 ½ degrees Fahrenheit for every 1,000 feet you climb.

You Will Need

  • Two pairs of cotton socks
  • Waterproof shoes or boots

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