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Old 06-30-2011, 05:52 PM
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Anyone know how to keep your feet dry while wearing your rubber spray boots?

Hello,

I need help and would like any suggestions from fellow experienced lawn applicators.

I have found that when I wear my "Brown Bear" boots from Gempler's my feet are always in a wet/sweaty state. Regardless of brand, it's a rubber boot thing.

http://www.gemplers.com/search/brown+bear+boots

I know this is probably something I should keep to myself, but I really need to find a better way to keep my feet dry/comfortable so I can extend my workable field time, less skin irritation, etc.

Thank you in advance!

Joe
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:38 PM
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Take this with a grain of salt......but....

I'm an AVID traditional bowhunter. Early-season temps, here in NC, can see me going afield with temps well into the 80's. I've tried Lacrosse alpha burly (I most always wear rubber boots), uninsulated. Sweaty feet.

I bought a pair of Muck's and ended that. I "think" the ones I have now are called "woody max". You can even roll the upper down, when you want/can.

Like I said, this may be of no use to you (I'm not sure how they're "rated" for chemical apps.).
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:48 PM
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Well, I will admit that I don't know much about rubber boots, but I sure know about sweaty feet. I get that way wearing sneakers, sandals, anything. Doesn't matter if it breathes or not. Maybe I should have kept that to myself too.

Anyway, my suggestion would be to first try an anti-perspirant spray. Maybe in combination with a foot powder that has lots of zinc-oxide (gold bond comes to mind).
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Ok, I will try the spray or powder and see what happens.

I wish there was a rubber boot that had a elevated sole to retain/drain sweat to. Maybe a few slots for ice packs, ventilation, etc.

Thank you very much!

Joe
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Well, I will admit that I don't know much about rubber boots, but I sure know about sweaty feet. I get that way wearing sneakers, sandals, anything. Doesn't matter if it breathes or not. Maybe I should have kept that to myself too.

Anyway, my suggestion would be to first try an anti-perspirant spray. Maybe in combination with a foot powder that has lots of zinc-oxide (gold bond comes to mind).
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I think you have a common problem that many of us share.

Try Food Grade Corn Starch. I use Argo Corn Starch from the Super Market. It might not stop your feet from sweating but it will help dry them. I also Spray my feet with a Anti Fungus because they stay dark and wet.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:06 PM
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Thanks Ric.

Isn't it funny how the health of our feet mirrors the care of turf grass in many ways. (Too wet, air flow, etc.)

I still think the powers that be should create a summer rubber boot that can be cooled at will to resemble a 30 degree winter morning.

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Chicago

I think you have a common problem that many of us share.

Try Food Grade Corn Starch. I use Argo Corn Starch from the Super Market. It might not stop your feet from sweating but it will help dry them. I also Spray my feet with a Anti Fungus because they stay dark and wet.
Corn starch will feed fungus; using it and an anti fungal is like using weed & feed, you're feeding the things you are trying to kill.

But if it works for you... power to you. Medicated talcum powder works best for me, like Gold Bond.
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:32 AM
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I would maybe try some wool hiking socks too. They don't hold moisture like cotton does, and you can get different thickness or weights of wool socks.

Try a hiking store, or any good shoe store. Look for SmartWool socks, Columbia, or the such. I get sweaty feet in my normal boots too and they help. (Gore Tex Hiking Boots)
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:53 AM
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http://www.thorlo.com/ happened upon these socks yrs ago, could be helpful. made in the usa. lik the lt wt made ones, over the heavy padded.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:08 AM
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I like the idea of using a medicated foot powder. Just not sure about the other organic "ingredients" that can make oatmeal in my boots. I'm just saying.

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