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Old 11-14-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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Hi

Could someone tell me what a shoe warmer/boot warmer is and if it is worth buying one for a family of four that would like to learn to enjoy their first MN winter (any recommendations will also be helpful).

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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I've never needed/used one. I have put our boots on top of a radiator or air vent to dry them out, or warm them if they were left outside.

Just make sure you have good boots...especially for little kids. I bought my kids some cheap ones that looked warm but they didn't keep their feet warm at all. I felt awful.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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Ours is called the "dry guy". We actually have two for our family of six. They are fabulous!
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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Never even heard of one before.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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For years I've carried one of those reusable crystallization-type hand warmers, that hold a supersaturated solution of sodium acetate. You trigger the heating cycle by clicking a metal tab inside the plastic sack holding the solution. Afterwards you reset the hand warmer by placing it in a pot of hot water until the crystals dissolve, and as soon as it cools down, it's ready for reuse. It doesn't give off as much heat as the one-use warmers, but you can use one over and over, they last as long as the plastic sack holds together.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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Thanks all. This information is very helpful.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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Not really a boot warmer or shoe warmer, but what about battery socks that keep your feet warm?
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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Not really a boot warmer or shoe warmer, but what about battery socks that keep your feet warm?
Thank you for the suggestion but I am not sure it would work with my two little boys. At least what I saw on Amazon.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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I think my feet would get too hot with battery socks. Never heard of the boot or shoe warmer, either -- we, too, just stick our wet boots by the radiator to dry off, or just stand them by the door. It works fine for us. I'd put them in the "not a necessity" column.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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I'd put them in the "not a necessity" column.
I think you are right. It is definitely "not a necessity" but I was wondering if it was worth it to make our first winter here better That blizzard of Saturday was hardly a "warm welcome" ;-) although I have to quickly say the people here are WONDERFUL.
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