I’m looking for guidance on how to manage colder weather. In my home, I remain barefoot. I’m a wee bit housebound, so that works well for me. And over the summer, I’ve managed with summer shoes pretty well when I needed to go out. However, the temperature is dropping, and I’ll need to come up with alternatives. Socks and shoes that go across my arch cause flares, so I realize there may not be a reasonable answer ahead. However, if anyone can solve this puzzle, it’s this incredible community! Thanks in advance for any advice!
l’m so sorry you are going through this suffering along with the rest of us.
I think the answer to your question depends on your flare type.
For me, I flare on and off throughout the day, everyday. I have found it best to try to keep at an even temperature… no sudden rise or fall. I forced myself to wear socks to have my feet acclimate to the texture and “warmth” again. This took some time, my feet had become very sensitive/raw feeling to anything on them other than a soft blanket. I rode out the pain and now socks do not bother me. When my feet are cold I put on socks, if they are too hot I wear open toed slippers in the house. Out and about I always wear socks and shoes as the stores are so cold in the summer I cant handle the temperature fluctuation. Of course I will only wear cotton socks ( no wool) and buy my shoes a half size longer or bigger in width. Nothing constricting. I do my best to not allow myself to become to chilled or too hot . Do I fail? Yes, I can’t control every situation but when the flare hits I know it will eventually end. Bless you and may you find your own way of coping / healing from this!
I also struggle with socks and shoes. However, I do better in the cold weather. I wear a light, absorbent sock with gortex shoes or boots. No insulation in the boots. My feet stay cool and the gortex keeps them dry .
I hope this helps.
I struggle anytime my feet feel bunched up, cramped or too warm in shoes. I really like the following brands of footwear for really footshape/space for my feet to feel as comfortable as possible: Lems(9to5 is my favorite model), Altra (Lone Peak mid RSM) boot for winter and either Altra or Topo Athletic for jogging if I’m not flaring. I also wear Injinji toes socks more than anything else. Hope this helps!
what brand of slippers works for you? I have tested so many pairs and too hot
Thank you so much for your kind response! This sounds like great advice–I will try starting to wear light socks, and see how that goes. Thank you so much, @Machel!
Thank you, @BURNINGFEET! I will start browsing now for Goretex footwear and see what I can find that might work. Thanks so much for your kind advice!!
Thank you so much, @CHFL for such specific brand names. I will definitely check them out. Thanks for such a kind response!
My pleasure. This disease is a nightmare! We all need to do our best in order to help one another.
I can’t wear shoes or socks without causing an immediate flare. I’m a flip flop girl, even in the winter which can be problematic in Michigan. I have a loose unlaced pair of winter boots I can wear without socks for a short period of time in the snow. It’s challenging for work to dress appropriately.
I like Dearfoams open toe slippers. They have a soft memory foam and of course my toes and top of feet are uncovered really. Bottom of feet are then protected from floors that are too cool.
Thank you and I am also going to look at 100% cotton Isotoner
I went to Anchorage Alaska last February (my son lives there more). I’ve grown up in San Diego, so this was my first experience in real winter. I bought some snow boots from Columbia. We’d go for walks in the snow and my feet were cooking. I didn’t even wear socks. I ended up buying Columbia water proof hiking tennis shoes. They have a super lugged sole for no slip. They also have similar style in a boot version. No extra insulation. I was able to walk farther than I have in years!! The lowest temp I went out in was about 5 degrees.
Finding footwear that is tolerable is an ongoing quest! However, I’m happy to report that I’ve come across a clog that is very light and very soft, yet offers some protection. Its by Crocs and is called the ‘LiteRide clog’. I usually go barefoot at home and struggle to find something to wear if I have to go out anywhere. These are definitely the best so far and may be worth a look.
Thank you @jewels and @Gidgee!! My husband and I are planning a trip to see the aurora borealis in February 2022. Not sure yet if we’re headed to Alaska, or Iceland, or Finland. But your suggestions are so helpful towards this goal. Thank you!!