My work office is freezing. Even though I live in the south and it’s still close to a hundred degrees here, I find myself storing coats and blankets in my office hoping that no one notices I’m using a space heater when I can’t go outside without breaking a sweat. Sure, you could make the argument that I’m cold because I’m a woman and women are always cold at work, but it seems like there may be some other factor at play here.
As it turns out, I can adjust my office temperature with one small change: swapping out my shoes. I know this seems weird, especially compared to adding on a couple more layers, but there’s now research showing that how your feet are covered can significantly change your comfort level in regards to temperature.
While this is something we’ve long known when lying in bed (obviously, the highest level of comfort is found when completely blanketed with one foot sticking out), we can now start applying these findings to the office. If your office temperature is consistently low, your body will react by shifting your blood flow to your core leaving your toes exposed. And if you’re wearing sandals, wedges, or ballet-style shoes with open tops, you’ll feel the change instantly and freeze.
By opting for full-coverage footwear, you might actually be able to survive the upcoming winter months in the office. Ladies, leave your high heels at home and substitute them for booties and you might just be able to kick your space heater to the curb. Thankfully, lower temperatures in the next few weeks coincide with more cozy footwear, so not only will I be able to wear my wool socks and riding boots into the office as business casual attire, but I’m looking forward to finally being able to ditch my gloves indoors..
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