Introduction: Electric Shoebox

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This winter, I will treat my feet to luxurious heat.  My personal sole-ution to the problem of frozen toes, the Electric Shoebox!  Not the sleekest design, but quite effective. I hate cold feet.

I had on hand:
two shoeboxes
two heating pads
duct tape

  I cut a hole in the top of each shoebox for my feet to enter. Then I opened each shoebox up, and placed a heating pad in each shoebox. I put my feet in to hold the heating pads in place and used small bits of duct tape to get make them conform to each foot. I cut little slots for the cords, and used some more tape to keep them from moving. I stuffed an old t-shirt loosely in each box to make the pads conform even more, but this is not necessary. I put a piece of felt on the inside heel, and a tongue, but it works without all that, so I ended up taking them out. 
  I like to crank 'em up on HIGH and let 'em sit for five minutes, then jam my feet inside.  Oh yeah.  Bring it on, Winter.


andrea biffi (author)2013-10-27

I'm not sure it's healthy keeping your feet so hot... anyway you've a good inventiveness.
I really suggest to plug off the power cord before wearing them, since pads are not designed for that purpose.

dreamberry (author)andrea biffi2013-10-27

You're may be right. There are three settings, low/medium/high. High can get a little hot after a while, but the pads I used shut off automatically after fifteen minutes (annoying!). You can actually buy "heated booties" which are overpriced boot shaped heating pads used in the manicure industry. At the salon, you get your feet slathered with moisturizer and covered with a plastic sock, then into the heated booties. I could have disassembled the heating pad and put the heat wires into a pair of slippers, but this was much easier. Use at your own risk. Not for use by diabetics or others with neuropathy.

Kiteman (author)2013-10-27

Do you leave them switched on with your feet inside?

dreamberry (author)Kiteman2013-10-27

Yes. I like them. A lot. I've had this idea for several years and I'm kicking myself for not making these sooner. I didn't want to tell everyone that the main place these get used is in my bathroom. I keep them positioned right in front of the terlet because the bathroom floor is flippin' freezing in winter and now when I crawl back into bed my feet are warmer than when I got out. They will also find their way into my office under my desk (that's why I posted in Office Supplies)

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