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How to Stay Safe on Ice with Ice Traction Cleats for Shoes and Boots

Updated on May 21, 2017
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Faye loves writing reviews of products that she owns in hopes it will help others when considering whether or not to purchase a product.

Don't Take a Risk on Ice

Don't risk a fall, when you can safely walk on the snow and ice by putting ice traction cleats on your shoes or boots. Ice cleats are available in several styles and sizes. I recommend these for everyone, young or old. Anyone can get hurt by slipping on the ice and falling on your rear.

Boots Are Not Enough on Ice


My Friend Bought These Ice Traction Cleats for Her Shoes

My friend bought the Yaktrax Traction Cleats for snow and ice that you see below. She keeps one set on an extra pair of shoes in her car. She says it is much more convenient, rather than having to put them onto her shoes while sitting in the car. She doesn't want to be caught out in her car without them. Even if she only needs to walk from the car into her home, she could easily fall. She keeps a second pair inside her home to use on her boots when she needs them.

She recommends the YakTrax brand because they use steel coils instead of spikes. Sometimes spikes can hang and be hard to walk on and the coils make it much easier to walk naturally. This is especially important for the elderly that are more unsteady on their feet anyway.

Yaktrax Traction Cleats for Snow & Ice

Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice
Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice

Yaktrax cleats are available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes, and also in a heavier weight pro version. Every member of your family should have a pair to keep them safe.


About YakTrax Ice Traction Cleats

This set of Yaktrax Traction Cleats has a patented spike-less coil design that will let you walk or run as normal. The cleats are made of high-strength, abrasion-resistant 1.4 mm steel coils and heavy-duty natural rubber. The coils also provide 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces. They fit well to your boot or shoe.

See them in action in the video below:

The video below shows them in action on the ice and snow. You can see why you are much safer wearing cleats. It is an independent review.

Video: Review of YakTrax Traction Cleats

Keep Ice Traction Cleats in Your Car for Emergencies


Easy to Put On and Take Off

There is really no excuse for not wearing these. They're not expensive, and it only takes a minute to slip them on and take off when you're done. Anyone can do it, even a child or the elderly. If you've ever fallen on the ice, you know how bad it can hurt. Ice is hard!

To put on:

  • With your shoes or boots already on, sit down and cross one leg up on the other.
  • Put the front of the Yaktrax over the toe of your shoe or boot.
  • Pull up and over the heel of your shoe or boot using the heel tab.
  • Check to make sure it's on securely.

To take off:

  • Pull off from the heel, using the heel tab. So easy!

Watch the video below to see how easy it is.

Video: How To Put On and Take Off

Good Idea for the Elderly

I was recently at a luncheon for the Kroger retirees. A fellow retiree was telling us about getting ice cleats that slipped onto your shoes. She said that she had fallen on the ice and was terrified of it happening again.

Someone told her about ice cleats that you could put on your shoes or boots and remove them when you didn't need them. She thought it was a good idea and bought some for herself. She says she loves them and keeps a pair in her car in case she gets caught out and another pair inside at home.

Being safe on ice is important for everyone, but especially so with older folk. Be prepared for the ice and snow and please don't fall.

Ice is Hard!

If you fall on ice, you could damage your back or break your tailbone. That means you will be in a lot of pain, and may even need surgery. It is always wise to take precautions against hurting yourself, no matter what your age.


To summarize the article, I have tried to impress on you how easy it is to fall on the ice and even in slick snow. I recommend using traction cleats on your boots or shoes. It's a simple solution to this age old problem.

I hope you will think about getting a pair of cleats for your shoes this winter, and stay safe on the ice. If you already own ice cleats, please let us know how you like them in the comment section below. All comments are welcome.

© 2011 Faye Rutledge


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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      @darrell-featherston: Thanks for your visit and comment on your experience with the Yaktrax Pro Action Cleats. I can imagine you would need them in Colorado Springs!

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      darrell-featherston 3 years ago

      I have a pair of Yaktrax Pro Action Cleats that have saved me from falls and injury many times. As a city mail carrier for the Postal service in Colorado Springs you need them a lot in the winter.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'm going to have to check out, I never saw them before now Thanks

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      @xanthoria24: Thanks so much for that good advice about taking these off inside. :)

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      xanthoria24 5 years ago

      I bought a pair of stabilicizers for myself and a pair for grandma. We both love them, except you have to remember to take them off when you go inside on a tile floor or they'll become ice skates.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My sister says these are the greatest for getting out to the car on an icy day. She really recommends them.

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      Ooooh! Being on crutches, this is DEFINITELY something I would be interested in! Thanks for sharing!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now these make a lot of sense for sure. I'm not comfortable on ice and we get a lot of it in Fargo. My sister and her husband use them and love them. I just haven't made the investment, but these would be a wise investment for sure.

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      Lisa_Maria 6 years ago

      I don't have any but I really should get some. The past few winters in the UK have been much colder with much more snow, and me and ice don't mix that well! lol These would come in really handy and save me quite a few bruises!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thanks so much for your blessing! Ice Cleats could probably use a blessing! :) Thanks for going against your normal, and giving it your blessing. :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      These are important. I usually don't Bless sales lenses but these are new and important and you got a Blessing

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      My mail carrier wears these...great for snowy and icy conditions. Thanks!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I didn't even know these existed. And boy, have we been in dire need of them this past week. We just got layers of freezing rain then snow. I had a hard time walking to my garage to get my car out!!

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      bobbyjones654321 6 years ago

      Great lens!Thanks for the info.bobby jones

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I don't have any need for these living in Queensland, Australia, but they do look great for the snow.

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      bobbyjones654321 6 years ago

      Great article!People should get one of it since it is freezingly cold.Keep sharing!bobby jones

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Where were these when I was living in snow country? Great idea. If I ever live in snow country again I will be sure to have a pair of these.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have seen these before but not in any of the stores. Great information and cool lens.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      Considering that it is below zero here in Denver at the moment, this look very appealing!

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      Never knew they had these! Cool lens!

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I have never come across these before but they seem like a must have in the snow with great stronge hiking boots to match.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I don't need them here..but I surely could have used them in the mountains. Great idea though.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I don't have any but I know that ice cleats are a great product for people in cold climates who are scared of falling.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Wow, reading this makes me glad I live in Houston. Some ice but not too bad and not for too long.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I had no idea these cleats were available! What an awesome product!!! I sure needed some last week. I think snow and ice are in our forecast again for midweek. Wonder if they could get here before the stuff hits again :) I have found UPS really does run rain, shine, sleet or snow. LOL

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I've only just learned about these but I think they are a great idea

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Love the look on this lens!