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Old 01-10-2021, 04:50 PM   #1
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I get miserable cold feet in cold weather when I am just sitting around.

The problem is that with socks and good boots, my feet get incredible warm and comfortable. So warm they sweat. Once they sweat sand I sit in the blind, they get very, very cold.

What am I doing wrong? Should I be using foot powder to keep them dry? Is there some sock I need to get?

How do you combat cold feet?

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Old 01-10-2021, 04:57 PM   #2
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A thin layer of wool. If my feet get too cold, I take off my boots and warm them by my Mr. Buddy heater.
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Old 01-10-2021, 04:59 PM   #3
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A thin layer of wool. If my feet get too cold, I take off my boots and warm them by my Mr. Buddy heater.
In this scenario I am an idiot and forgot my Mr buddy heater lol.
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:00 PM   #4
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Foot powder, and cashmere socks, and change socks more frequently, maybe even change socks in the blind, I personally don’t like insulated boots that don’t have removable liners
Some insulated boots require being put on a boot dryer overnight to rid them of moisture
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:01 PM   #5
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Moisture wicking thin socks and wool socks.
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:17 PM   #6
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A few ways to solve that problem...

- A good pair of wool socks. They come in several different weights. I have light merino socks for warm weather, mid-weight merino socks for cool weather and heavy weight merino socks for cold weather
- If your feet get sweaty walking to the blind, wear a serviceable pair of socks for your hike in and change into a nice pair of wool socks in the blind. Dry feet are key.
- The HotHands foot warmers and toe warmers work pretty good.
- For the ultimate in warm feet, get a set of ArticShield boot insulators and drop a HotHands warmer inside when you put them over your boots.
- Make sure your feet aren't too tight in your boots. Heavy socks can make your feet fit tight in your boots. If your feet are wet from sweat and your boots fit tight, that is a very bad combination.

The key is not letting your feet get cold. It's easier to keep them from getting cold than it is to warm them up once they are cold...unless you have a heater.

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Old 01-10-2021, 05:21 PM   #7
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spent four years on a cold-weather mountain team. You can also use antiperspirant on your feet to keep them from sweating. Use a thin liner, and a good smart wool sock. You'll be fine. Or, as some folks stated - change your socks when you get to the blind. Keep your feet warm and dry.
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:22 PM   #8
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Wool sock liners and wool socks
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:24 PM   #9
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I am of no help. My feet used to get cold but not anymore. I got type 2 diabetes and can't feel my feet anymore. I just got home from Toledo Bend, two mornings in pop-up blind at 34 degrees and my feet were fine. When I joked with my doc about it, he didn't catch the joke.
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:41 PM   #10
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The key is.............
Keep your feet dry................
One of the first things I do, when I get in a blind...........
Is take my boots off, for awhile....Let my feet breathe...............
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Old 01-10-2021, 06:14 PM   #11
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Sabine, my former foreman had diabetes. He found a 2” long split in his heel that was over 1/2” deep. Never felt it! Took months to heal up. Stay on top of that stuff bro!
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Old 01-10-2021, 06:21 PM   #12
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I carry a pair of thick wool socks in my pack. When I get in my blind I take off my boots and put on the socks. Leave my boots off.
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Old 01-11-2021, 08:50 AM   #13
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Keeping the rest of my body warm, keeps my feet warm. Layering my upper and lower body, good scarf around my neck and a warm hat. When it’s really cold, the stick on toe warmers work well on the outside of my boot then covered with boot blankets.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:14 AM   #14
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My feet sweat bad, especially in rubber boots. I tried almost every kind of boot/liner/sock combo there is and my feet still got cold. The best thing I have found to do is dress as light as possible to the stand, not just socks but layering as well. Once to the stand I finish layering up and once in the stand I change socks and put on a liner sock followed by a merino wool sock. Also before leaving the house I powder my feet or put unscented antiperspirant deodorant on them.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:14 AM   #15
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Moisture wicking thin socks and wool socks.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:21 AM   #16
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Keeping the rest of my body warm, keeps my feet warm. Layering my upper and lower body, good scarf around my neck and a warm hat. When it’s really cold, the stick on toe warmers work well on the outside of my boot then covered with boot blankets.
There’s an old saying...”if your feet are cold, put on a better hat”. And as previously stated, keeping your feet dry will help.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:42 AM   #17
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Quality wool socks are a game changer. My feet used to sweat in my workboats in the summer where i would change boots and and socks twice a day until i switched to wools socks. No more wet feet. As others have said you can use a liner like a silk sock and then find a good wool sock (I only wear Darn Tough, but i've also heard good things about Farm to Feet)
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:45 AM   #18
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Quality wool socks are a game changer. My feet used to sweat in my workboats in the summer where i would change boots and and socks twice a day until i switched to wools socks. No more wet feet. As others have said you can use a liner like a silk sock and then find a good wool sock (I only wear Darn Tough, but i've also heard good things about Farm to Feet)
Man. Wool socks in the summer? They aren't uncomfortably warm?
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:49 AM   #19
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Man. Wool socks in the summer? They aren't uncomfortably warm?
Not at all. I used to think my boots were leaking because my feet were always wet. I had even bought new boots and still had the same problem. Once i switched to Darn Tough socks, my sweaty foot problem went away, even in the summer.

Expensive, but lifetime warranty on the socks. I've sent 3 pair back with holes in them and got 3 new pair no questions asked. I own about 8 pair of the boot socks and 4 pair of their casual socks. I'll never wear another brand.
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Not at all. I used to think my boots were leaking because my feet were always wet. I had even bought new boots and still had the same problem. Once i switched to Darn Tough socks, my sweaty foot problem went away, even in the summer.



Expensive, but lifetime warranty on the socks. I've sent 3 pair back with holes in them and got 3 new pair no questions asked. I own about 8 pair of the boot socks and 4 pair of their casual socks. I'll never wear another brand.
Good info. Thanks. I hate socks that fall down. Are these shorter or longer?
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:50 AM   #21
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I’ve heard of people that have a real problem with their feet sweating use antiperspirant on their feet. I know it sounds crazy but I hear it really works. Another thing you might try is getting boot blankets and actually put on very light socks then after your in the blynd put the boot blankets on.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:57 AM   #22
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1. Hot Hands foot insole warmers are awesome!!

2. Has anyone had good luck wearing bunny boots?? I heard Steve Rinella talk about them one time. Not great for stalking but great for sitting still.

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Old 01-11-2021, 10:00 AM   #23
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Moisture wicking thin socks and wool socks.
Polypropylene socks and wool over that. Works very well for hiking and just sitting in the stand. The Little Buddy heater is an excellent idea as well. I wear the Cabela's wool socks everyday summer or winter. They work well.
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Old 01-11-2021, 10:05 AM   #24
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Good info. Thanks. I hate socks that fall down. Are these shorter or longer?

They have different heights, crew height and then a taller one I believe.


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Old 01-11-2021, 10:11 AM   #25
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:45 AM   #26
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Merino wool socks of various thicknesses inside of boots that aren't insulated and breathe pretty well is my answer. I have Darn Tough, Smartwool, and Lorpen merino socks in various thicknesses from a medium thickness to a very thin sock liner. I sometimes wear as many as three sock layers.

I have some older Danner Pronghorns that are my regular boots and some newer Crispi Wyomings that I wear if I am going to be hiking around a bunch or it is going to be very cold. The Crispis have very ample toe box room and I can wear three layers of socks in them easily. Neither of these boots are insulated. I have had the Crispis out in weather down to 10 degrees and driving snow with no problems on a Colorado elk hunt.

I tend to run hot, but I don't have problems with feet sweat in either of these boots in cold weather.

I also wear the merino wool in summer sometimes and they are great. Smartwool and Darn Tough both make light wool socks that do well in the summer months.
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:50 AM   #27
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Don't wear boots that are too tight restricting blood flow and feet sweating are the two major causes of cold feet. If you are going to wear thick wool socks in your everyday boots they are probably going to be way too tight
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:52 AM   #28
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Last time I hunted in the very cold, I put sock liners on, then the toasty toes, then a wool sock. My feet never got cold.

I will also add - when I get into a tree stand, tripod or ladder stand, the metal is so cold it will ruin my hunt faster than anything and my feet will be in pain in short order. To combat this, I put plywood on the floor or carry a seat cushion to put my feet on and keep them off the metal.
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:58 AM   #29
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Spray your feet with deodorant before putting your socks on. This will help keep your feet from sweating and getting cold from the moisture.
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:58 AM   #30
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On my last hunt in the 2019 season my feet got cold like they always did and I swore it would never happen again. I finally broke down and said that I was going to spend some good money on this. I ended up with smartwool socks and an insulated boot. I have not had an issue since.
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:15 PM   #31
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I learned to never wear socks for activity or hunting that contained ANY cotton in them, even in the summer. They're going to get damp, every time, and will keep your feet cold.
My hunting socks are mixtures of synthetics (polyester, spandex, etc.) and I don't wear thick socks any more. If you're using insulated boots, let them do the work, not the socks. Thinner socks are the way to go.
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:20 PM   #32
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The key is.............
Keep your feet dry................
One of the first things I do, when I get in a blind...........
Is take my boots off, for awhile....Let my feet breathe...............
This...with a heater. Never an issue again,
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:23 PM   #33
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Moisture wicking thin socks and wool socks.
↑↑ This but use unscented foot powder then put the thin moisture wicking socks on. Wear these to the blind then once your situated put the warmer socks on on top of the thin socks.
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:36 PM   #34
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1. Hot Hands foot insole warmers are awesome!!

2. Has anyone had good luck wearing bunny boots?? I heard Steve Rinella talk about them one time. Not great for stalking but great for sitting still.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...e-new?a=733408
I bought a pair of bunny boots for a winter trip to Alaska. I will let you know how they worked when I get back.
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Old 01-11-2021, 01:12 PM   #35
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lots of good information on this thread
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Old 01-11-2021, 01:17 PM   #36
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Darn tough (merino)socks.

Light weight - hiking / stalking/ hi activity 30 degrees - 70 degrees

med weight - stand sitting / glassing / super cold temps 0- 45 degrees

If you can justify buying an extra pair of boots get a pair 1 or 2 sizes bigger. The air gap helps ALOT.

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Old 01-11-2021, 01:26 PM   #37
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I use thin wicking socks and antiperspirant and never have issues.
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Old 01-11-2021, 02:31 PM   #38
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Try Carpe or No Sweat antiperspirant lotion (easily found on Amazon). My feet sweat something terrible and this clinical strength antiperspirant is the only thing that works. Using that, combined with a good pair of wool socks and foot powder will really help your situation.
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Old 01-11-2021, 02:49 PM   #39
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When we were living in Colorado and were skiing we used Wigwam brand socks. They are a wool blend....no cotton. Solved our issues with sweaty feet.
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I bought a pair of bunny boots for a winter trip to Alaska. I will let you know how they worked when I get back.
Many thanks. Good luck and if you have service we will need that Live from Alaska thread!
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Old 01-11-2021, 03:06 PM   #41
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Darn Tough...AND MADE IN THE USA.

Best sox i have found so far. Well worth the $25 pair price.

I will go a head and say, "You're Welcome" so you don't even have to come back to the thread
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darn tough...and made in the usa.

Best sox i have found so far. Well worth the $25 pair price.

I will go a head and say, "you're welcome" so you don't even have to come back to the thread
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In this scenario I am an idiot and forgot my Mr buddy heater lol.
Ouch. Mine is like American Express. Don't leave home without it.
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Mr Heater and I never get cold. Hate cold feet and fingers.
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Sabine, my former foreman had diabetes. He found a 2” long split in his heel that was over 1/2” deep. Never felt it! Took months to heal up. Stay on top of that stuff bro!
Thank you for the advice. I do baby my feet as I don't look forward to walking on my 'ankle nubs'. I went muzzleloading this past weekend, Sat 35, Sun 37, and my feet were fine.
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I get miserable cold feet in cold weather when I am just sitting around.

The problem is that with socks and good boots, my feet get incredible warm and comfortable. So warm they sweat. Once they sweat sand I sit in the blind, they get very, very cold.

What am I doing wrong? Should I be using foot powder to keep them dry? Is there some sock I need to get?

How do you combat cold feet?

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I don't tie my lace up boots. I prefer to wear pull on boots my feet seen to stay warmer. They get chilly not ...
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:38 AM   #47
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I hunted in Canada once and had some insulated boot covers. When I got to the blind, I’d take my boots off and put the covers on with a hand warmer. Feet stayed toasty all day. The key is airflow and circulation.
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:29 AM   #48
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Big ol thick wool socks....
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Old 01-13-2021, 01:35 PM   #49
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I hunted in Canada once and had some insulated boot covers. When I got to the blind, I’d take my boots off and put the covers on with a hand warmer. Feet stayed toasty all day. The key is airflow and circulation.
On The Edge got it right.

I struggled with cold feet for a long time. I tried the sock liner with good quality wool socks and that helped up to about 38 degrees. But the cold hunts in Kansas were still brutal on my feet.

I bought a pair of Artic Shield boot covers and that solved my cold feet problem. I drop a hand warmer into each boot cover at camp, snap the boot covers to my backpack and head to my stand. Once I'm up in my lock on stand, I slip the boot covers over my boots and I can sit in comfort all day.
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1. Hot Hands foot insole warmers are awesome!!

2. Has anyone had good luck wearing bunny boots?? I heard Steve Rinella talk about them one time. Not great for stalking but great for sitting still.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...e-new?a=733408
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I bought a pair of bunny boots for a winter trip to Alaska. I will let you know how they worked when I get back.
Bunny boots would be overkill for use in TX. Just my opinion. They are for extreme cold weather, like -50 degrees. I had a pair of the black ones when I lived in the Anchorage area and never wore them. They’re bulky and feel like you’re wearing clown shoes!

Ken, what are you going to be doing up there. Make sure you open the air valve if you’re flying otherwise thy might explode.
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