When the chill hits, it’s best to put your feet on the ground and get comfortable.
And while the idea of wearing a pair of heels or socks during the coldest days of the year sounds silly, research suggests that wearing them during the warmer months can actually help keep your body warm.
“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that wearing heels or shoes during the fall and winter can actually warm your feet,” said Dr. Michael Kesselheim, a pediatrics professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
A recent study published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Medicine found that while wearing a hat, scarf, jacket or gloves during the early and middle months of the winter, those wearing heels during the summer were actually better protected from the cold.
That study also found that wearing gloves at night helped reduce the risk of heat stroke in people older than 55.
Kesselheim also said that wearing shoes during warmer months is a good idea for children and adults.
“The more warm you are, the less chance you have of getting hypothermia,” he said.
“You can go into the house and wear the hat and get out of there as warm as possible, even if you are wearing a cold hat.”