Another game I've played in my time is caving, where it is accepted you will have wet feet all day. You wear wellies and neoprene socks not to keep your feet dry, but to ensure any water stays more or less put and warms up a bit (that's how wet suits work). Ask a caver how they keep their feet dry and they'll probably laugh at you, and they're not know for feet falling to pieces.
Regular caver here. And the above is correct. In fact as a result I'm sure I'm less prone to developing blisters now as a result of having wet feet on such a regular basis.
As for comfort- I suppose the easiest solution will be to use your towel to absorb as much excess water from the inside of your footwear as possible. Along with wringing out your day socks.
I used a Volt jacket on my 1047 mile walk around wales last summer, its was great until the little bit of plastic on the zipper broke that goes into the part of the zip that you pull up with. Got a replacement straight away though
Exactly the same happened to mine. I replaced it with a Montane Minimus mountain jacket. simply because it that bit is metal.
Sadly the montane has delaminated, somthing that did not happen with the volt- Looks like the stretch of the volt helps with that.
That's the one I am using in the photo above. As I say, on their own they will not compress the mat effectively or even at all but, if you do as I do and use them to store your complete sleep system (mat and bag) then they compress the contents very well.