Now that the weather is colder here in New England and is official winter, I often get asked, “Aren’t your feet cold?”. Normally if I’m indoors, they aren’t. But yes, if I’m outside for a few minutes and the temperature reads 20F / -7C, my feet do get cold. The cold actually becomes unbearable and feel like they are about to fall off. I may be more adapted than most other people who habitually go shod, but I am human and posses no special talents.
Two components to cold weather adaptation
I believe there are two components to cold weather adaptation. Both of which take time and practice.
What I do in colder weather
What I’ve personally being doing in colder weather is wearing Bedrock Sandals. They have huge advantages over flipflops, as they are more durable, have a heel strap, and are water proof. If I happen to be going through puddles or snow, the sandals are less likely to slip and the water will run off. If I happen to be outside for a long period of time, such as a hike or shoveling my driveway, I’ll wear boots.
There are some very talented barefooters (also called snowfooters) who do shovel their driveways barefoot. I am somewhat baffled by these people and applaud them. The important thing in cold weather is to be safe and be happy.