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Down Booties: Keeping You Warm From The Floor Up

Updated on December 28, 2016
My happy feet in down booties I've had for many years
My happy feet in down booties I've had for many years

Don't Touch That Thermostat! Warm Up Your Feet First

That's what we did last winter, and we never had to touch the dial. The thermostat stayed at 64 degrees Fahrenheit from October through April, and then we turned the heat off.

Our house is wall-to-wall tile, and the cold would go right through our feet and invade every part of our bodies. That is, until my husband and I both got down booties, and what a difference they made. With feathers surrounding our feet and the rest of our parts often in fleece, we were comfortable despite the chill in the air. Not to mention happy when our heating bills remained fairly constant and reasonable throughout the coldest months.

Here's some more info on down and why we're such fans of these booties for keeping warm from the floor up.

Down Feathers
Down Feathers | Source

What Is Down? And why is it such a great insulator?

Down is the layer of fine feathers beneath the tougher exterior feathers of adult birds, like geese and ducks. The downy feathers provide the birds with insulation.

Because down feathers can be packed tightly into tiny spaces, trapping air and providing warmth, they make an excellent component in textile products and outdoor gear, such as jackets, vests and sleeping bags. And booties! Down is also commonly used in bed comforters and pillows. In addition to its insulating properties, down is extremely lightweight and therefore cooler in warm weather, making it useful year-round.

Down insulation is rated by "fill," described by the number of cubic inches displaced by an ounce of down feathers. The higher fill, the better the insulating value. Most outdoor equipment is in the 400 to 900-fill range, with the coldest-weather gear being 800 to 900. Down rated 500 to 600-fill is adequate for most conditions.

Some manufacturers produce synthetic alternatives to down, which are generally made with polyester.

In its Natural State

A Downy Bird Booty

(a.k.a. bum)

This one belongs to a male peacock.

Down feathers
Down feathers | Source
Down Booties
Down Booties

Down Booties for Inside Or Out

Down booties are great for around the house, the campsite and the hotel. They're not only lightweight but also compress nicely for packing. Many down booties come with reinforced, gripping soles like those pictured here (these are my husband's), making them compatible with both indoor and outdoor use.

A Best-Seller of a Bootie

This is one of the most popular styles in the world of booties.

There are eight colors and multiple sizes available for men, women and kids. While these make great gifts for any time of year, they're especially nice for cold-weather holidays or birthdays. I've had mine for ... gosh, twenty years or so now, and they're still in very good shape after lots and lots of use, indoors AND out.

Cold Feet = Cold Body

And Vice Versa

Why do cold feet make the rest of you cold?

Your entire body, including your feet, is constantly giving off heat. At the same time, your nerve endings are telling your brain about any temperature that differs from your body temperature, be it hotter or colder. When you stand on a cold floor -- tile, stone, wood -- the heat from the bottoms of your feet is rapidly conducted to the floor, and your nerve endings down there are shouting, "Hey! This is colder than we are!" so your whole body feels the chill on the way up.

Also, many people have chronically cold feet, often due to poor circulation or lack of mobility. And if the core of the body is cold, the blood flow to the extremities is reduced, which leaves the feet vulnerable.

Down booties keep you warm
Down booties keep you warm

Warm Feet Save Money - I can attest to that....

Q: How much does turning the thermostat down 1 degree save on your heating bill?

A: I've found multiple sources that agree on the 3% figure per degree, with a few that go as high as 10%, and another suggesting 15%. Going with the lower figure, we should have saved 12% on our monthly heating bills during the winter, because we lowered our thermostat from 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 64.

Comparing our actual bills between two October through April periods, before and after the thermostat change, our real savings appear to be in the range of 12 - 20% per month (for 4 degrees), which came out to be between $12 to $30 per month. Of course, the average outdoor temp will not have been exactly the same for the two years, but this gave us a rough idea of how much we saved by lowering our thermostat. Every bit helps!

Booties For Women

Surround your feet with soft feathers.

I'm a big fan of the Sierra Designs company. I've always found their products to be well-made and reasonably priced at the same time. (Love their camping tents too!) I've had a number of different Sierra Designs products for well over a decade and still use them often.

But don't just take my word for it. Read a review of Sierra Designs Down Booties on MountainZone.com.

For extra warmth in your sleeping bag or for wearing around camp, try this Sierra Designs style for women. Warm and comfortable, these booties have a tough nylon sole, which will hold up through lots of wandering around camp and certainly, therefore, the house.

Down Booties For Men

This was my solution for getting my husband to take his dirty or snowy shoes off when coming in the house. Bought him his own pair of super comfortable goose down booties and he was happy to exchange sneakers or boots for this toasty pair as soon as he'd come home.

They cushion your feet with a Granite Grip padded sole made to prevent slipping and to hold up against countless short trips out to grab the mail or or wandering around camp after a day of hiking. And you can cinch in the warmth with the cord-lock at the ankle.

Unisex Styles Too

I think most booties are pretty much for him OR for her, but these are specifically made for both.

This style has an adjustable drawstring to keep them secure on your feet and keep out the snow. They come in five colors and six sizes. This is the "espresso" color....

The Softest, Squishiest Slippers

If you don't want something that covers your ankles, these would be a good choice. They come in a variety of colors and have a drawstring closure to cinch these cushy, squishy slippers onto your very comfortable feet. This is my husband's second down bootie style of choice.

Going on an Expedition?

These TAIGA Expedition Booties are made specifically made for the outdoors.

The bootie on the right is folded down, while the one on the left is pulled all the way up, which is great when it's really cold or the snow is deep.

These come in a variety of colors and sizes. Look below this particular product on Amazon to see other options.

These adjustable Goosedown booties have 700-725+ fillpower and a water-resistant Dryloft shell with a "Snow Gaiter" extension. They also feature a Cordura/neoprene sole with 10 mm EVA foam/fleece insulation

You can find all these bootie styles and more right here.

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

Do You Love Down Booties, Too?

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      ctavias0ffering1 7 years ago

      As long as your feet are warm, the rest of you feels a whole lot more comfortable 5*

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      My feet and hands are naturally on the cold side and I know if I can keep them warm, the rest of me will feel warmer too. Down bootees sound ideal.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Now I know what to ask for my birthday, not to mention what I can give as holiday gifts this year - thanks for the wonderful information! Looking forward to toasty toes this winter :)

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      cjsysreform 7 years ago

      Love the bird booty.

      Hmm... I use the word "booty" a bunch of times in my designer jeans lens. I see a creative linking opportunity here.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've never thought of down booties. I have my Uggs of course - perfect for all year round - I suppose down is cool in hot weather too?

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      draik 7 years ago

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      VBright 7 years ago

      They look dreamy! Too bad I'm allergic to down. They look so nice and toasty. Oh well, an angel blessing for you.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love quilted and fleece booties for the winter. Actually in New England, I sometimes wear them in the summer too.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      What a great idea. I have had chilblains for the last couple of years because of the cold floors which are carpeted and have a heavy layer of understuff. Definitely will be investing in these. 5* and fave

      Norma

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I love my booties. I wear them all the time in the winter.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well, these booties look very comfy and warm. I usually sleep under a down blanket and just love it, because it is warm and light weight. My warmest winter jacket is down with some fox fur trim around the hood. Great lens Deb.

      Happy Valentine's Day!

      Susie

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      I love my down booties... I have cold feet even in the summer so finding this solution was wonderful! Once in a while my feet get too warm, they are that great!

      Thanks for the lens and the ideas for all the different kinds of down booties!

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      While your piece of the state might be colder, we're a bit wimpier down here in the valley so even a few degrees drop in temperature and I'm reaching for extra socks and a blanket. Hadn't thought about some nice down booties! A few pairs for the kids and I and I bet I could save a fair amount off of my heating bill. It's like our tile floors fight against our heating system and having warm feet seems to make all the rest of one's body feel warm, too. Excellent idea! ;)

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Cute booties! I could use some of these in Minnesota right now!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I don't have any but I would love some! It gets cold here in Scotland... but I bet I'd be warm as toast in these.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I sure could use some of these down booties today. First big snowfall of the season. Uh huh... it's October 8th. Feels like winter camping in my house at the moment. I can't see my breath yet inside, but it's close. Time to start up the heater and time to break out the down everything. Appreciated this lens. I'm feeling warmer already. :-)

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Yes, I think it's a cool idea. They say if your feet are warm you can turn down the thermostat.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      I tend to wear giant funny animal slippers but your down booties look very warm. I may have to get a pair and give them a try.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Nice. I hate having cold feet and these look like the ideal solution.

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