It does stink, but you get over the misery pretty quickly & get on with the day. I like to take along camp boots of some kind, & they stay on until I'm ready to hit the trail... so I can avoid the dreaded frozen boots as long as possible. Sometimes I use old Gore overboots I just stick my liners in. VBL socks are great, too. And down booties. Really, I try to wear my down booties as long as possible. Then the liners go into the overboots and start warming up for the day.