These past couple of weeks the weather has really closed in and now I find myself adding those extra bits of essential kit to the carryall to make the time on the bank a pleasure rather than an ordeal. One thing I have done for years now and yet another thing I never see others doing is carry a spare pair of socks.
Okay – yes they are there in an emergency should I get a boot full etc but the main reason is to allow me to change socks half way through the day.
I’m one of the unfortunate ones with poor circulation and really suffer with cold feet so I have to do everything I can to keep comfortable. I have used all sorts over the years including most of the better known ‘moon boots’ but always used to end up with cold feet by the end of the day. That is until I was given the tip of carrying spare socks and actually changing into fresh socks part way through the day. Such a simple thing to do but so very effective in keeping you warmer.
Believe me – if you suffer from cold feet then changing into fresh socks part way through the day really will help. Try sitting on the spare pair to warm them up before putting them on or stuff them inside your jacket for a while – lovely toasty warm socks!
Whilst on the subject of cold feet and having personally gone down most routes imaginable in terms of different footwear I find that a good pair of leather walking boots with enough room for use with thick socks to be the most effective for keeping my feet warm. The modern Cordura types aren’t as warm as leather outers due to the Cordura soaking a little damp in and then freezing in real cold conditions. Leather doesn’t do this. My current pair are leather outers with Goretex and Thinsulate inners which keep my feet both warm and dry and are much safer to walk in than many of the modern ‘fishing boots’.
Best fishes Shaun