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By Brian Gregg
Brian is a FITS® sponsored athlete, 2014 Olympian, and races for Team Gregg/Madshus/CXC out of Minneapolis, MN.
Snow is starting to accumulate, the air is crisp and you are excited to go skiing, but wait what about your feet? We know that cold feet can affect your sleep, but that's just one part of the problem. Here are some tips to keep you feeling the skis under your feet and a smile on your face.
Tip #1: Proper Boot Fit
Our feet can swell in the cold and you don’t want any constriction of circulation. If you live in a super-cold climate you may want to consider getting boots that fit a bit large. At the very least make sure you try on your boots at your local shop with your ski socks on. I like my boots with plenty of room in the toe box. On cold days, leave your laces slightly looser than normal.
Tip #2: Remove Insoles
One trick for the random frigid day is to simply remove the insoles from your boots. This gives you just a bit more volume.
Tip #3: Warm Clean Socks
I choose a medium thick pair of merino wool socks, like these wool socks for men or these wool socks for women. If you choose too thick of a sock, you risk not having enough volume in your boot and reducing circulation. Make sure your socks are clean as that will mean the fibers can insulate and wick moisture best. I have found that my feet tend to sweat more in synthetic socks and when the sweat freezes it is bad news.
Tip #4: Chemical Toe Warmers and Over Boots
If space allows in your boots I am also a big fan of chemical toe warmers. Be sure to activate the warmers with plenty of time before you head outdoors. Another product to consider is over boots which zip over your regular ski boots. I recommend sizing these slightly larger than your boots so that they aren’t too difficult to take on or off.
Tip #5: Keep Boots Warm
Start your ski with warm and dry boots by setting them in a warm heated space prior to slipping them on your feet. If your ski partner isn’t ready when you are, get a head start and come back and meet them. With warm feet you will have better balance and a better experience skiing.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.