Snuggly Toes alpaca feet warmers will keep your feet warm all winter. The alpaca fiber makes these feet warmers so warm. The processing makes them incredibly durable. The alpaca fiber is spun into yarn, knit into a “blanket,” then felted into fabric. You slip the feet warmers into any shoe, boot or slipper. The Snuggly Toes feet warmers will last all winter.
- Made in the USA
- 100% Alpaca fiber
- Fiber is spun, knit, and then felted
- Able to be cut to size, will not unravel
- Hypoallergenic fiber
- Tested size 9
- Weight – 30 g (1.1 oz ) each
- Retail – $40
During the late summer, I was contacted by Meredith form Springtime Farms here in Oregon. She mentioned her Snuggly Toes Foot Warmers and mentioned she was out of Salem, just 2 ½ hours away. They sounded like a fun review and being a small website, I understand that having a small business or hobby takes work. I have always had a soft spot for Llamas since the movie “The Emperors’ New Groove” came out. That movie is a classic. I should make a note here as Meredith did let me know that these are made from Alpacas, not Llamas, there is a difference.
I had to wait for a little while before I could review these as it is just too warm in the summer. Once October arrived it started to cool down and out came the Snuggly Toes. Well out and then into my shoes. I mainly tested these in my Merrell Chameleon Hiking Shoes as these are multisport shoes that can be used for all kinds of activities. Hiking, errands, working in the garage and just lounging around the house. I used the Snuggly Toes both with the original insole still in my shoes, and with it removed to see what kind of difference I could tell.
Springtime Farms is located in Salem, Oregon. They have 34 resident alpacas that supply the fiber that eventually will become the Snuggly Toes Foot Warmers. Alpacas are easier on the land than many other similar animals as they have foot pads instead of a hoof. They give off a relaxed energy that is calming. Alpacas are not slaughtered here in the US and are generally raised for their fiber. This fiber is sheared from the animals once a year. According to Springtime Farms, this does not hurt the animals, except maybe their pride as their beautiful fiber is now removed. Alpaca fiber is often compared to wool as it is soft, durable, and luxurious. It is said to be warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. The softness of the fiber comes from the small diameter, similar to merino wool. Furthermore, like wool, Alpaca fiber will resist water, insulated when wet, and protect from solar radiation. This makes the fiber great for insulation as it offers the same protection for humans as it does on the alpacas themselves.
At Springtime Farms, they shear and clean the fiber before they send it off to another farm in Oregon. This fiber will then be spun into a spool of yarn and sent back to Springtime Farms to be made into the Snuggly Toes. Meredith will then knit the yarn into a blanket using a knitting machine at her farm. The blanket is then felted through three hot water washes into a think, warm fabric ready to use. The felting process makes sure the fibers are stuck together and durable. When finished, this blanket is used to cut out the individual warmers to the appropriate size. Since this is all done in house, you can even get some custom sizes made if you get in contact with them. The Snuggly Toes are made to last the course of a winter of regular use. Durability will depend on how much they are used.
Springtime Farms has an eco-friendly philosophy. Water conservation, tree planting, food growth, and limited driving are all part of this philosophy. They use wind and solar for energy as well as do most of the labor by hand. Snuggly Toes Foot Warmer is also made from sustainable alpaca fibers. Each year the alpacas grow a new crop, and the cycle begins again. The whole process takes place here in Oregon, which keeps it very green and sustainable.
As I mentioned above I used the Snuggly Toes both with and without my normal insoles. I used them in a couple of different pairs of shoes and boots to compare. I have been fortunate that I am normally a size 9, so I did not need to do any trimming to fit these into my footwear. The size was pretty much right on with my current insoles, so I was able to put them in and go. Well, for the most part. Depending on the shoe or boot of choice, I was sometimes a bit of a challenge to get my foot in without pushing the Snuggly Toes into the toe. After a couple of times I got the hang of it, but they do like to slide forward when you slide your foot in. This was more amplified in tighter fitting footwear than it was in looser. I thought about putting a piece of double stick tape on the bottom but never tried it. Like I said, you figure out some tricks to get them positioned right. One of the reasons that leads to this is the thickness of the Snuggly Toes. When using these on top of my insoles the added thickness made the shoes feel a little tighter. I could remove the insoles and just replace them with the Snuggly Toes and then there was a little more volume than before. This meant that depending on the footwear and where I was going to be using them; I would decide to go on top or just replace. The added volume of the Snuggly Toes will slightly affect the fit of your shoes or boots so it is good to try them on both ways before you set off.
I must say that the Snuggly Toes Foot Warmers are very soft. They feel silky inside my shoes. I always wore them with socks on, but they are soft enough to wear without if you so choose. Some of the hair does stick to my socks so expect to have a little transferred on your socks when you take off your footwear. One of the cool things about the Snuggly Toes is that they are trim to fit. Since they have been felted three times they really stick together so cutting them will not affect the durability. This also means that if you need something custom made, you can contact Meredith and work something out. Each one is cut from a large blanket, so she can accommodate these requests.
Moisture Transport (10%)
Snuggly Toes Foot Warmers have been exactly what they were billed to be. Inserting them into my shoes, I could feel the extra warmth, especially when outside in the cold. The alpaca fiber adds some insulation between you and the cold ground. It also traps some warm air under your feet to keep them warmer. When I first received the Foot Warmers, they were roughly ¼ inch thick. Over time as I have used them, they have compressed under my weight. I have also noticed that as they compress they do shift a little in their shape. This has been pronounced enough that I have removed the insoles to reinsert them and readjust them after every couple of uses. This seemed to be more pronounced when I did not have the insole in my footwear. The insole seemed to hold it in place better. Furthermore, without insoles there is more room to migrate as compared to with the insole inside. The compressing of the Snuggly Toes is expected, and they still offer some cushioning even when compressed. Wearing them on top of my insole made for a really cushy feel.
I tested these with both shoes and boots and found that they worked best with higher volume footwear. Testing these in hiking boots or shoes that often have a little more room in them was ideal. As these do take up some space, I could just add them and not make them feel overly tight. When I tested these with some of my tighter shoes, I had to remove the insole, or it would be just too tight. It is important to note that these do not offer any support. They are flat, so they will conform to the shape of your footwear. If you want support, you will have to make sure to keep your insole in there or have shoes with it already built in. They are not made for this; they are made for warmth and comfort. I did test these for some hiking and would say they are best for less technical and more casual hiking. Think of hiking around a Christmas Tree farm getting a tree or walking in the park. I would not suggest them for hiking up a mountain or places where you will have technical footing. With the soft feel of the insole and the fact that it does like to shift a little, your feet will not be as secure as they would regularly be. However, if you are out hiking in the cold or standing around, these are perfect for that.
Durability has been good for me thus far. Like I said they have flattened out a bit, but this was to be expected. Apart for the occasional hairs that stick to my socks the Snuggly toes have held up great. Meredith at Springtime Farms has said that they should be expected to last a full winter (six months) of normal usage. Of course, the amount you use them will greatly affect their lifespan as will how hard you are on them. The Snuggly toes are very warm, enough so that you can even get a bit sweaty if you are indoors and moving around. If that happens, you will be happy to know that they do seem to move moisture well and have not gotten stinky for me.
Overall, I have been pleased when using the Snuggly Toes Foot Warmers. They are great for keeping your feet warm whether it is around the house or out for a stroll. I personally would not recommend them for very active activities where you need secure footing but for light hiking, on the farm, chopping wood, or other outdoor activities where you want warm feet, then throw them in. Fitting them is easy to do as they are cut to fit. They will add some warmth and cushion to your foot wear of choice. Remember they will take up a little room inside your shoes so you may need to figure that out. If you have a tendency to get cold feet, take a look at these. They are warm, sustainable, and have a great story behind them. Snuggly Toes Foot Warmers retail for $40 and come is the gamut of sizes. If you do not see it, just email Meredith, and she can help you out. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Soft and comfortable
- Able to be cut to fit
- Sustainable – Made in the USA
- Hypoallergenic, no lanolin
- Take up a bit of volume
- Can slide around
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