People with permanently cold feet love our toe socks as soon as they know the trick. Our models in merino wool are especially warm.
Reason 3: just the right temperature
Neither too cold nor too warm
That’s one of the most asked questions: do toe socks actually help against cold feet. But people also ask the contrary: do toe socks help cooling down your feet. In both cases the answer is yes. The reason is simple, and is called
DThat’s something the body does on its own – and feet play a significant role. The only problem is that common socks usually intervene in the wrong place...
What do toe socks do differently?
How can toe socks support your thermoregulation?
Step 1: separate your toes
You have read that one already? Well, yes – that’s because this one simple thing makes such a difference: separate toes can move more naturally and therefore contribute to a more balanced microclimate.
Barefoot runners (and walkers) know exactly how it works: feet that can move freely react much faster to external temperature and are neither too wet nor too cold (the idea that walking barefoot gives you cold feet is a common misconception of our grandmothers). Bare feet are not as sweaty because moisture can evaporate quickly, and they don't get cold because the toes can move freely and help in boosting your blood circulation. But first things first...
Step 2: support cooling-off
Toe socks help your feet sweat the right way (see also the previous reason). This means that the sock’s fabric absorbs moisture and keeps your skin dry. Sweat cannot accumulate and therefore, instead of making your feet feel damp and sticky, it actually helps cooling down your feet quickly.
Step 3: support warming-up
If you suffer from cold feet, do not make the mistake of just wrapping them in thick socks that prevent your feet from moving at all (see reason no.1). That feels good only during the first few minutes – then you start sweating, moisture accumulates between your toes and colls down there. The result: even colder, and wet feet.
Separate toes can move freely and keep being active. This means your toes won’t freeze in the cold, but they will get your blood circulation going – and will end up warming themselves up.