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  • Socks to wear for warmth in dress boots
  • Tall boots too tight for warm socks

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    09-18-2012, 11:51 AM
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Green Broke
Winter sock recommendations, please???

I couldn't figure out where to put this so I figure you can't go wrong with general discussion.

I'm looking for suggestions of WARM winter socks to wear under my dress boots during winter. It averages anywhere from 20-10 degrees here with snow. Someone told me to get snowboard boots, but they may be too thick, I'm not sure.

Do any of you guys have favorite socks that keep your feet SUPER WARM in the winter when wearing under your tall boots? Any tips or tricks? This is my first year wearing tall boots in winter instead of my paddock boots and I really want to keep my talls in shape because when I don't wear them the calves seem to shrivel up and get narrow and then I have to soak them in warm water to get them on again...and then deal with calf cramps for the first hour :(
     
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    09-18-2012, 12:09 PM
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Green Broke
One of the rennaissance festivals I go to (the PA one at the winery) sells these thigh high wool socks, 3 pairs for $20. I LOVE them in the winter! I think they're time traveller or something like that.
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    09-18-2012, 12:15 PM
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OH, OH, OH, . . . Teacher, pick me! (student is waving their hand in the air madly because they KNOW the answer to the question)

Finally, a question on HF that I absolutely KNOW the answer to. Not an educated (or not) guess. I KNOW this one!

Get some "Possom socks". These are a wool sock blended with Possom fur. They come from New Zealand, or sometimes Australai. They are far and away the warmes socks I have ever worn. I am buying every member of my family a pair for Christmas.

I think I bought mine from a company called "Mongrel Socks", shipped from NZ.
About 35$,. I know, very, very pricey but they are amazingly warm. Worth it. Just treat them well and theyll take good care of you.



http://www.nzpossummerino.com/shop/m...Fal7QgodZlUA-w

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=possum+socks


Just two random links to places selling them. I think they are becoming a lot more common. The possom was an introduced animal to NZ and has become a pest. They are trying to eliminate it to return to the natural ecological balance. So, buy all the Possom fur socks you can!
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    09-18-2012, 12:20 PM
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Green Broke
WigWams or Red Head socks are the shizz.. They're both a hunting/hiking sock but they are awesome and I live in them during winter.. You can get them at any outdoor store or order them online.. They have them at places at like Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's..

I have each of these three.. Love them.. Especially the two RedHead socks.
Wigwam: Running, Hiking, Work & Skiing Socks & More | SocksAddict.com

RedHeadŽ Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose Socks for Men - 1 Pair | Bass Pro Shops

RedHeadŽ Extreme Cold Socks for Men - 1 Pair | Bass Pro Shops
     
    09-18-2012, 12:22 PM
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Weanling
Smartwool is good, but also pricey @ around $20/pair.
When you said 'snowboard boots' earlier, you just meant socks for snowboarders, right?
They have heavyweight, midweight, and also lightweight (smartwool), and keep your feet warm and dry.
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    09-18-2012, 12:40 PM
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Trained
ALL of those wool socks are awesome. HOWEVER, from somebody who has been outside every winter day for 27 years (for horsecare), don't overlook a good pair of 100% SILK socks. Silk is very warm and very lightweight. Wool is thick and your summertime boots won't fit right. If your feet get squished you won't have that pocket of insulating air to keep your toes warm, so your toes will get cold. Or, you can buy boots to wear just for winter riding with your new wool socks. I have a pair--my old Cav boots have room for my winter wool socks. Just so you know.
I'd buy ANY of those socks mentioned above, too, so thanks for posting. =D
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    09-18-2012, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
This is my first year wearing tall boots in winter instead of my paddock boots and I really want to keep my talls in shape because when I don't wear them the calves seem to shrivel up and get narrow and then I have to soak them in warm water to get them on again...and then deal with calf cramps for the first hour :(
You didn't say, but if your tall boots are leather, you're only drying them out by using water. Sooner or later the leather will crack. Instead, I recommend getting a small container of Neatsfoot oil. Put the boots on, generously slap the Neatsfoot oil on and wear them. The leather will stretch out and stay that way. Those of us that use Neatsfoot oil on our tack, like me, are careful to let the leather dry before we use them again. I like to give my tack oiled this way a good week of storage for this reason. Hope this helps.
     
    09-18-2012, 01:39 PM
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The best thing you can do to keep your feet warm on winter is to give up with your long boots and use half chaps and boots that are at least one size bigger than you would normally wear. This gives room for thicker socks and if the boots remain loos then there is less chance of you getting cold feet.
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    09-18-2012, 02:02 PM
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Green Broke
During the coldest part of the winter here, I wear wool socks and http://www.amazon.com/Grabber-Warmers-Activated-Warmer-Pair/dp/B000LIOQ9W/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1347991292&sr=8-4&keywords=toe+warmers. The toe warmers are air activated, so when I leave the barn I put them in an airtight baggie and they still heat up again when I take them out next time I'm at the barn.
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    09-18-2012, 02:59 PM
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Green Broke
Check out a hunting/outdoors store. They probably have some battery powered heated socks. Don't get your boots too tight because that will slow the circulation to your feet and make them cold.

Also, if you keep your body core warm, you won't be as likely to have cold feet and hands. When your core gets cold, your body automatically slows circulation to your limbs to keep the heat where your organs are.
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