Rubber boots afield any solutions for sweaty feet


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R.W.Dale
February 9, 2011, 01:18 PM
In my case I've been an avid Muck boot fan as hunting and now work for quite a number of years. Until today (snowed in) it never occurred to me to ask if any of you fellas have any home remedies or tips to help minimize foot sweat in rubber boots.

I try to use copious quantities of foot powder which keeps the smell in check but really does nothing for the buildup of sweat soaking my socks after a long day. My feet will be warm, but they'll be wet too.

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Cosmoline
February 9, 2011, 01:33 PM
I saw some new model muck-type boots recently with wicking material inside, so you might consider an upgrade. Other than that my rule is when the bunny boot starts to get wet from sweat, it's time to switch back to leather.

R.W.Dale
February 9, 2011, 01:37 PM
I saw some new model muck-type boots recently with wicking material inside, so you might consider an upgrade. Other than that my rule is when the bunny boot starts to get wet from sweat, it's time to switch back to leather.
My latest Chore ST muck's advertised this but my feet sweat in these just as much or MORE than they did in my old Edgewaters.

Mudinyeri
February 9, 2011, 05:45 PM
I use hiking sock liners inside my 100% wool boot socks or hiking socks to wick the moisture away from my feet. If your boots don't breathe, however, you'll need to change you liners and socks more fequently. I know a guy that does three changes a day on day-long outings.

Cosmoline
February 9, 2011, 05:57 PM
My latest Chore ST muck's advertised this but my feet sweat in these just as much or MORE than they did in my old Edgewaters.

! Well scratch that idea. Maybe you just need to go with leather boots.

chas08
February 9, 2011, 05:58 PM
I saw some new model muck-type boots recently with wicking material inside, My new Muck Wetland boots have this lining. I wore them in PA. this past deer season. It's better than most and drys quick. I like wool against my feet and cotton on the outside. The outer sock will be damp but my foot never feels that way. And yes I prefer 80% or better wool over polypropylene.

cottswald
February 9, 2011, 08:51 PM
Wool will keep you warm even when wet.

I don't know if there's any solution to keeping them dry. Rubber will hold water. Unlike leather or some kind of cloth farbric, rubber boots won't breathe. Other than maybe dropping some baking soda in em to keep the stench down, you've pretty much gotta take the good with the bad.

jmr40
February 9, 2011, 08:57 PM
I don't wear rubber boots for any length of time for that reason.

d2wing
February 9, 2011, 09:31 PM
+1, I quit wearing rubber boots years ago. I like goretex and leather best. You could sling the rubber boots over your back for when you really need them if in mud or water.
Your feet will get wet in them no matter what as your feet sweat a quart a day.

Mudinyeri
February 10, 2011, 11:44 AM
I don't know if there's any solution to keeping them dry. Rubber will hold water. Unlike leather or some kind of cloth farbric, rubber boots won't breathe. Other than maybe dropping some baking soda in em to keep the stench down, you've pretty much gotta take the good with the bad.

See my solution above. Using liners and changing socks (and liners when necessary) works. Of course, if you store the old socks in your pack or coat pocket ... they'll still stink things up. You can use a zip lock bag to help contain odor.

GoreTex is another potential solution. Most rubber boots will eventually dry rot and crack, allowing moisture in from the outside. GoreTex won't dry rot, but the seams of many GTX/leather boots are notorious for separating and leaking.

FLAvalanche
February 10, 2011, 12:00 PM
Down here in Florida we just stand in a puddle for a while...

Friendly, Don't Fire!
February 10, 2011, 12:05 PM
My feet perspire tremendously.
I wear a pair or two of cotton socks which wick the sweat away, then a pair or two of heavy wool socks. I have a pair of knee-high rubber boots that are large enough to fit my feet pretty much perfectly when I have on about three pairs of socks.

I cannot stay out for an entire day if it is really cold, but I can stay out at least four to five hours if necessary.

I have a PEET Boot Dryer that I use. My work boots are insulated leather boots that really get wet inside unless I put them on the dryer EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! If you get the Boot dryer on sale, you should expect to pay no more than $20 for it! It is guaranteed 30 years IIRC.

Mudinyeri
February 10, 2011, 12:19 PM
Friendly, cotton does not wick moisture away. It absorbs moisture, making you colder. Cotton is a poor choice in cold or wet conditions - including wetness from perspiration.

somoss
February 10, 2011, 12:49 PM
Spray feet with anti-perspirant spray for a couple of days before and day of wearing boots. Use moisturizer at night time. Works for about 75% of people. of course these are people that have wet feet in normal shoes not sure how it will work with normal feet in rubber. Worst case your feel will smell fresh for a few days.

Hangingrock
February 10, 2011, 06:29 PM
In my underground mining days I wore a silk sock liner in combination with wool socks.

R.W.Dale
February 11, 2011, 02:25 PM
Spray feet with anti-perspirant spray for a couple of days before and day of wearing boots. Use moisturizer at night time. Works for about 75% of people. of course these are people that have wet feet in normal shoes not sure how it will work with normal feet in rubber. Worst case your feel will smell fresh for a few days.
You saved me from making this post. I was just stopping by to mention that I was going to see if an antiperspirant will at least reduce the sweating.

Supposedly there's a gold bond spray that's highly recommended. At the very least my feet will smell better.

Readyrod
February 12, 2011, 09:43 AM
I sweat bad no matter what I wear but I do love my rubber farm boots. Better still water than the running water that I get with runners or leather boots. I just wear thick socks and as many insoles as will fit. I also make sure I dry everything out at night to avoid the smell.

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