Ice Grippers For Shoes - Ridiculous, Old Fashioned, or Practical?

United States
December 10, 2010 11:08am CST
I live in the midwest. It gets very cold and icy here in the wintertime. I saw an ad on television for these ice grippers made from spring-like wires that you can stretch over the soles of your shoes in the winter. They only cover the soles, but you can still see the rubber on the side of the shoes where they cling to the shoe. My question is do you think they would be ridiculous looking to others, old fashioned to others, or practical? Or shouldn't it matter because they really keep you from falling on the ice.
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4 responses
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
10 Dec 10
This sounds like a good idea for the shoe world. i don't think this would be ridiculous or old fashioned. When you live somewhere where can be treacherous, a little comfort is always a good thing.
@jwfarrimond (4475)
10 Dec 10
A friend of mine in Oklahoma used these (brand name YakTrak) last winter and was glad that she had. She's over 60 and if she falls, she can't get back up again without help. If she fell outside, quite apart from the possibility of injury from the fall, she'd be likely to die of hypothermia as she lives in the country so there's no one close by who could help if she fell. I've got a pair myself to use this winter to avoid any potential falls on the inevitable icy surfaces. I don't care what anyone else thinks about them either, I'm only concerned with my personal safety.
@owlwings (38413)
• Cambridge, England
10 Dec 10
If it saves you from a trip to A&E with a broken wrist, arm, leg or something worse, who cares! During our last unseasonably cold snap, two close relatives slipped and broke their wrists. Total time in hospital: 9 hours (so far). Total time indisposed: about 6 weeks each.
@peedielyn (1211)
• United States
10 Dec 10
As rediculous as they look, they do work. They sink and grip the ice making it so you don't slip as bad. I love mine and yes they are hideous. I think that if they made boots with spikes, kinda like a mountain climber, people in the wintertime would have it a bit easier. I have a bad back and one slip could cause me to be down for a while. They are also awesome for that slippery driveway when you have to shovel. They give me a sense of safety, so I'm not so scared to do my job.