How to keep your feet warm and dry this fall

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Autumn is a great time of the year. In many places around the U.S., fall means beautiful scenery of changing leaves, while in other places it means a break from the scorching heat of summer. 

Along with these benefits of the fall, there's also frigid weather, rainstorms and even snow. This weather can bring discomfort to your feet, leaving them cold and wet when storms strike. Whether you wear nonslip work boots at your job or other slip-resistant footwear, you don't want to show up at your job with frozen, damp toes. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your feet dry and warm no matter the weather outside, so that you'll be ready to get to work. 

Wear the right socks 
Many people take socks for granted. Some wear old, worn socks with holes and others don't buy new socks enough. No matter the reason, it's especially important to wear the right socks when it gets cold outside. 

Throughout most of the year, people are typically attracted to cotton socks. Breathable and inexpensive, they're a smart option for anyone focused on price and comfort. But in the fall and winter, you may want to invest in some wool, fleece or hybridized-fabric socks. Cotton socks can be thin, letting either too much cool air in or hot air out. The breathability that's beneficial in the summer can be a detriment in the cooler months. Wool and other fabrics help retain heat and prevent air from getting to your foot. 

Additionally, cotton socks don't dry quickly. If your shoes get wet for some reason, either from a rain puddle or sleet storm, wool can dry quickly. Keeping your feet dry is an important step in keeping them as warm as possible. Wool socks may dry quickly, but if you're used to outdoor work that leaves you susceptible to more extreme conditions, such as industrial work, you may want to look for waterproof sock liners. 

Find reliable boots 
If you're working outdoors and slip-resistance is key, like a linesman working during a winter storm, you'll want to find work boots that add friction and water protection. Find information about how waterproof a shoes is before purchasing. Feel free to contact the manufacturer. 

In addition to water protection, boots should insulate properly. Many boots use Thinsulate insulation, which, according to Big Sky Fishing, is an excellent combination of space-saving and warmth protection.

Make sure you get boots with the right temperature rating to avoid being left in the cold. People who work indoors may want a secondary pair of shoes to avoid having boots that are too warm for indoor use.

Protect your shoes 
If dryness is the key to warmth, you'll need to protect your socks from getting wet in the first place. If you don't wear boots for work, consider investing in materials that make your shoes tougher. Whether these are waterproofing, superhydrophobic chemical sprays or rubber overshoes, preventing water from entering your shoe is the best way to keep your feet warm and dry. 

When you're able to complete your work or get to your job with feet that are dry and comfortable, autumn won't slow you down at all. 

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