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Currently wearing the Simms liner with wading sock, and it works pretty good, but there are those days where I would like a little more. What do you all do that works?

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Simms Xstream bootfoots with felt bottomed muck boots. Amazingly warm so far.
 
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I use two pair of wool- first base sock thin and warn-second thick. I have used those heat packs in extreme conditions between my socks.
 

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Super thick 100% wool socks (I like Smartwool). Because such thinck socks will take up extra volume in your boots, be sure to loosen your laces a bit so that you don't cut of blood circulation.
 

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All the insulation in the world will fail if it is compressed. make sure that your boots are big eought o allow the insulation to insulate.

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I suspect that a search would provide more information than you'd care to plow through. As several responders have noted, the key to warm feet is to maintain good circulation; allow plenty of wiggle room for the toes. No combination of socks, etc. with a pair of stocking-foot waders will ever be as warm as a pair of boot-foots, which rarely require anything more than perhaps a thin liner sock (polyester or polypropylene preferred) and a heavy wool sock on top of that. Wool is preferred for the outer sock because the resilient wool fiber will retain some of its loft and thus its ability to insulate (particularly) the bottom of the foot. In this application, polyester fleece fibers, lacking this resiliency, compress and lose their ability to insulate (avoid polyester fleece socks). I wouldn't spend a lot of money on highly-priced (and highly-advertised) wool socks; any good 30/70 nylon/wool blend sock should do just fine.

If you're stuck with stocking-foot waders and wading boots, just remember the toe-wiggle-room rule; you might find that wearing a lighter-weight sock will result in warmer feet if it allows the blood to circulate more freely.
 

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Super thick 100% wool socks (I like Smartwool). Because such thinck socks will take up extra volume in your boots, be sure to loosen your laces a bit so that you don't cut of blood circulation.
Beat me to it.
Extra socks and so on inside your boots may actually make you colder.
Wide boots, one pair of good socks, and more movement to increase bloodflow is the ticket.
Same with skiing...extra socks make your feet colder.
 

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All the insulation in the world will fail if it is compressed. make sure that your boots are big eought o allow the insulation to insulate.

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I agree. That said, why I usually will buy my boots a size up. That way I can effectively layer without compressing my feet. I wear a set of polypro socks (very thin and wic ks moisture away) and a thicker pair of wool mix socks. I rarely ever get cold feet.
 

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All the insulation in the world will fail if it is compressed. make sure that your boots are big eought o allow the insulation to insulate.
I agree. Boot foot waders typically have lots of room. I wear them when its' really cold with just a pair of Smartwool socks and really don't have much to complain about. Boot foot waders also keep the cold water further from your skin than stocking foot waders which I suppose helps a bit too.
 

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The one thing that surprises me is that a lot guys don't know about using proper layers. The thin wicking sock under the wool is key. This year, though, I bought a box of those "Toe Hotties" from Costco, and use them between the layers. On long days when you're not active, like standing in a boat, they're incredibly effective. While you don't really FEEL the warmth, you never lose circulation. Feet over 60 years old cramp up more than the newer models, and this really helps.
 

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I usually wear worm wool or synthetic socks for most situations that I have waders on in cold to moderate temperatures. If its really cold out and Im going to be standing in the water all day, them I will sometimes use one of those toe warmer pads that are chemically activated. When I have those out steelheading in winter my feet stay nice an cozy!
 
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