I've been this way as long as I can remember. Seriously, when I was an exchange student living in Norway, I was so notorious for my cold feet that everybody I knew bought me socks for Christmas. That's not an exaggeration either. I think I got 26 pairs of socks that year.
It didn't help though.
Over the years I've tried just about every foot warming technique known to mankind. I've tried socks of every conceivable material.
I've tried cotton socks, and wool, and polypropylene, and nylon, and fleece, and even some crazy heat reflecting metallic stuff. I've tried sheepskin slippers and down booties, neoprene foot covers, and even a pair of battery operated heated slippers.
The thing is, my feet sweat. So as soon as they start to get warm, they get wet, and then they're cold again.
Until recently, the best system I had was to wear lightweight cotton socks under a thicker layer of wool, fleece, or slippers. This would work for an hour or two until the socks got wet, and then I'd have to change the inner cotton socks.
That would work for most of the day, but usually by evening my toes would be numb and white, and the only option would be to soak them in a bucket of hot water.
BUT... there's been a very exciting development in the land of frozen toes! I recently read an article on a biking blog about techniques for keeping your feet warm on winter rides. The universal opinion was that wool was the material of choice. I'd tried riding with thick rag-wool socks, but my feet were numb and frozen within minutes.
However, when I was at the bike shop looking for winter bike gloves (my fingers get cold too) I happened upon some socks made by a company called DeFeet.
Soooo... I decided that since I had a gift certificate, I really didn't have much to lose, so I got a pair.
Alas, they didn't keep my feet warm on the bike... sigh.
BUT, a few days later when I was awakened in the middle of the night by a crying kitty, and needed to go down into the cold basement to investigate, they were still sitting on top of my dresser, so I grabbed them and tossed them onto my tootsies to protect them from the cold cement floor.
Suffice it to say that three weeks later, they still haven't left my feet. I'm not quite sure how they're working, but this is the first time in my life that I've been able to go an entire winter day without changing socks, and without losing feeling in my toes!
Maybe it's because they are tight fitting? Maybe they're just the right thickness to keep my feet warm without inducing sweating? I really can't say.
But one thing's for sure... wearing the same pair of socks every day all winter long isn't gonna cut it!
So I went on eBay and found them on sale for $9/pair, and bought several more pairs. I'm really hoping that this will make the rest of winter feel significantly less miserable.
Now, if I could just figure out how to keep my toes warm on my bike... Well, one victory at a time...
How about you? Do you suffer from cold feet? What works for you?