Tom purchased neoprene socks (the material wetsuits are made from) from a "workman's" clothing store. Warm but wet. Surely can result in a bad case of trench foot
... Suprising combo was calf/knee high stockings/nylons (suprisingly warm and worked like 6000 compression sock), and acrylic "warm" sock. ...
This weekend, I had tremendous success in the chilly mountains using the following combo: Layer 1) thin poly-something socks; Layer 2) "thin-type" kairo heating pads specially designed to adhere to socks. I placed these over my toes (the brand I used was Mycoal); Layer 3) Wool ankle-high socks made by DeFeet.
Then over my Sidis I had some Pearl Izumi "Windbreak" shoe covers.
For me, winter rides -- even short ones -- have automatically meant numb toes. With the heating pads, not only could I feel my toes, but they were warm.
At the start of the ride, I foolishly slipped each pad on the balls of my feet. While the pads generated some warmth, my toes were still numb. Early on during the ride, Clay, my riding partner, suggested I put the pads on the tops of my feet. I followed his suggestion and not only was it more comfy, but the warming effect was almost immediate. Really, it was quite a luxury.
Perhaps the warming effect would have been just as strong without the thin under layer and shoe covers. But maybe the layers help trap the heat. I'll try a little experimenting and report back.
you are Deej ! Thanks for this most precious piece of info. I'm getting these pads on my way home this evening. You & Clay riding this Sunday perchance?