Originally Posted by hemms
The only way to know if the stirrup fits is to try. Good news is western is much easier to swap out.
Cotton is bad, as it holds moisture. The nylon wicks sweat out to the wool, which dries faster. Boys in construction taught me 'The Sock System'. The military uses it, too.
I bought a knock-off boot with a -40C rating and put a thermal insole in it, reflective side down. Works like a charm.
As far as heels go, it's not perfect, but there's still something there.
On warmer days, I skip the nylon sock or just use cotton.
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Perfect! Thanks so much! And I've been avoiding nylon like plague!
If I can dig myself out tomorrow, I'll check some stores.
The problem with knock-offs and cheaper boots in general is that they tend to be rougher on the inside (bigger seems and such) and this kid has some sensory issues so she can't wear what most people find comfortable. Plus wide feet. But it is worth trying. If I can find a cheap(er) option for her, I'd get her something for this winter, as her current Ariats are getting tighter, she said. That probably contributed to colder feet as well.
Another problem they are already phasing out winter boots!