If you experience winters that are so harsh that the water in the buckets freezes overnight or if the ground you can see from your home's window is completely covered with snow you need protective gear. You can opt for warm pajamas, thick overalls, woolen sweaters, hand gloves and some socks; but, would that be sufficient to keep you warm? Perhaps, if the room is heated well they would. What if the heater breaks down? Your body may feel warm, but with just an ordinary pair of socks your feet will still be cold. Slipper socks can be handy at this time.
If you are a sports person who loves to ski, the first thing you would like to feel when you come home and pull your boots off is warm for your feet. You may sit in front of the hearth covered in warm clothes with your feet exposed to the fireplace. This will give you temporary comfort. You may burrow deep into your bed's covers and try keeping your feet war; but, that will do no good either. Your feet will still feel cold. It will not be soon before your feet start feeling the warmth that is generated within the covers by your body. Once again, slipper socks can help – instantly!
What are Slipper Socks?
So, since we've stated the ability of these slipper / socks to keep feet warm almost instantaneously, would not it be great to find out what they really are? They are actually a hybrid of slippers and socks. The sole feels like slippers while the rest of the product feels like socks. These are typically made from thick wool or high-quality fleece. The sole is made from durable, soft synthetic suede. They are also fitted with good grip so you will not slip easily. Some soles have leather sidewalls. These slippers can easily suit boots, but not in weight. They are extremely lightweight, easy-to-wear, and comfortable. You can wear them comfortably both indoors and outdoors (at least to pick up your mail from the box on a cold snowy day).
Types of Slipper Socks
Woolrich products feature 8-mm memory foam soles (footbeds) that act as cushions for tired feet. The material is soft fleece with lining.
Another manufacturer who creates wonderful thermal socks is FootSmart. Their products are made from organic wool that is naturally insulating. The soles are treaded to be 100% skid-resistant on any flooring.
No research for such thermal footwear is complete without mentioning ACORN. Many of their products feature ribbed wool blend material that will not clip off your feet. Memory foam forms the mid sole for utmost comfort with each step. The sidewalls and soles are made of leather and suede.
What to Consider?
Do not just buy any pair of these thermal socks from any store. Consider the following for your next purchase.
1. They should fit your feet well. Try both the socks, not just one of them. You need to feel comfortable walking in them. They should not feel loose or come off your feet when you walk around.
2. Warmth and softness factor. Your feet should feel warm the moment you put them on. Softness depends on how much abrasion you can easily bear. If your skin is sensitive, look for socks that are extremely soft. Woolrich has a pair of socks that are infused with aloe vera. You can look for something similar.
3. Choose the right material for your skin. These thermal boots are available in wool, nylon, wool mixes and fleece.
4. Opt for brand name slipper socks.