Safety Tips for Running Outside in the Snow and Ice - FITS®

December 01, 2019

There’s a lot to be said about cold weather running. The cooler air can be energizing and it’s great to not have to worry about overheating as much. Yet, depending on where you live, there’s often only a short period of time between days with refreshing cold air and…days with dangerous snowy and icy streets.

While your best bet when the snow and ice comes is to move your run indoors, there are a few tips you can follow to still enjoy outdoor running and avoid the dreaded treadmill.

Choose your time of day wisely

The morning and evening hours are likely to be the most dangers. Not only will wet conditions freeze over before the sun goes up and as it comes down, but shorter, darker days make it harder to ensure you’re visible to passing cars. If possible, try to run during the warmest hour of the day — your lunch break, perhaps — and avoid running when it’s dark, if possible.

Adjust your pace and stride

You may not be able to run as fast and carefree on potentially slippery streets — and that’s OK. Running outside during the winter requires making adjustments to both your stride and pace. After all, going slower is worth it to avoid an injury. 

Wear the right gear

The right gear is as important for safety as it is for comfort. You need to make sure your body stays warm enough to avoid injury, but agile enough to still run effectively. Plus, if you’re going to be running through snowdrifts and slush, you need moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry. Compression socks can be a great choice to keep your blood flowing in extra low temperatures. Check out our compression socks for men and compression socks for women

Switch up your route

The winter weather might mean you can’t always run your favorite loop safely, so don’t be afraid to switch it up. Running on paved roads or shoveled sidewalks can allow you to still run outside, but with less risk of falling. When in doubt, don’t risk it and search for a clearer route.

Of course, even with these tips, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  On particularly wintery days, our best safety advice is to take your run indoors. But don’t worry — spring will be here before you know it.


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Sock Sizing
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The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

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.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

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. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

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. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

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. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

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. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

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.



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