Be sure to check your boots to be sure they are ready to keep you warm and dry.

Try this Boot Check

Pick up your boots and check the bottoms, are the treads in good condition? Will they give you the grip you need to navigate icy and wet conditions? If you do a lot of winter walking you might want to invest in ice cleats that strap onto the bottom of your boots for added traction.

Look at the heels of your boots, are they worn down or on an angle? If so it is time to get new boots, boot heels in poor condition cannot give your feet the support you need.

Look at the top of the boot, is the fabric or leather in good condition? Are the seams holding well, and is the boot firmly attached to the sole? You should clean and waterproof your boots at the beginning of each winter.

Put your hand inside each boot and slide it all the way to the toe. Do you feel indents from where your toes go? Check the insole, when the insole is flattened by the weight of your foot., it loses the insulation properties needed to keep the bottom of your foot warm. The insole should be changed at least yearly. Buy yourself 2 pairs of insoles and change the daily, this will give the insole a change to dry between wearings.

Run your fingers around the inside of the boot, do you feel and worn or torn areas? There rough spots are often the cause of callouses and blisters.

Winter Socks

Dry Feet = Warm Feet – To keep your feet warm, first you need to keep your feet dry. The primary reason for cold feet and toes in cold weather is that the foot itself is often wet. If you can keep the foot and toes dry, you can prevent most cold feet problems.

Cotton socks are not a good choice for winter weather is because cotton socks have little insulation value AND because they absorb and then hold moisture. Once a cotton sock is wet, it loses ALL insulation value – and once wet, then begins to coat your foot with a film of perspiration which makes your foot feel cold.

For cold weather, a sock made of wool, IsoWool, shearling, fleece and similar type synthetic materials should be used. The reason these types socks are excellent for winter wear is because if the socks get wet (due to perspiration from the foot), the socks themselves do not lose their insulating properties. Additionally, these socks are also generally far thicker than a standard thin cotton sock, allowing the sock to absorb far more moisture. One of the best features of these types of socks, is that they can actually dry themselves out by simply being worn. The body heat of a person can actually dry out these types of socks.

Did you know?

  1. The average ear of corn contains 800 kernels?

  2. The baseball glove was invented in Canada in 1883.

  3. You use over 200 muscles to take one step.

  4. A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

This Months Puzzle

  • If you take any number, double it, add ten, divide by two and subtract the original number, your answer is always 5.

Winter is here! Time to pull out the Winter Boots