There are two methods to select the correct size...
Obviously you can go by the shoe sizes. But the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary greatly for the same show size. So here's another way to check.
Measure the length of the shoe or boot you want to put AltraGrips-Lite on. Then select the size AltraGrips-Lite with a length about 1.5 inches SHORTER than the length of your shoe or boot... because you want it to stretch.
Method 2 Illustrated...
Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Work Shoes)
1 mm Studs
2 mm Studs
Ankle Strap Kit*
Fits All Sizes
*Not included in
13 - 14½
10 - 12½
8 - 9½
10 - 11½
5 - 7½
7 - 9½
4½ - 6½
AltraGrips-Lite Demo Videos, Features & Applications
Available in Two Models
Low Profile 1mm Studs (JD3615) Can Be Worn Indoors
High Profile 2mm Studs (JD36159) for Maximum Traction
Studs are Durable Tungsten Carbide
Permanent Studs are More Comfortable Than Replaceable Studs
1-Piece Molded Proprietary Rubber Compound
Resists Chemicals and Other Contaminants
Has No Memory and Never Stretches Out of Shape.
Stays Flexible At Low Temperatures
Aggressive Tread Pattern is Self-Cleaning and Provides Traction in Snow, Slush and Mud
Anyone Who Finds It Difficult to Put Ice Cleats On or Off
Anyone Who Frequently Go In and Out of Doors
Anyone Looking for A Comfortable, Heavy Duty Ice Cleat
People Who Spend A Lot of Time on Their Feet... i.e. Municipality Workers
Help for Deciding Between the Low Profile and High Profile Models.
AltraGrips Low Profile are a compromise between convenience and optimum performance.
They are for people who are:
Not physically capable of removing them and putting them back on every time they go in and out of doors.
Delivery drivers or people living or working in an urban environment where the shear frequency of going in and out of doors or on or off of buses and trains make it totally impractical to wear regular ice cleats.
The downside of the Low Profile is that:
The 1mm studs... while they profile excellent traction in most instances... will never give you the same traction as the 2mm studs. And if you have to traverse steep hills I would definitely opt for the 2mm studs since it so much easier to lose traction on a hill... often no matter what size studs are on your feet. That's especially true if there is loose snow and depending on the type of loose snow covering the ice. Once you lose traction it's tough to get it back. So you want the bigger studs to prevent losing traction in the first place and to have the best chance of regaining traction if you lose it.
The 1mm tungsten carbide studs are durable but obviously will wear out twice as fast as the 2mm studs given the same set of conditions.
Altragrips-Lite High Profile provide the best possible traction on ice and snow. The downside is that you will have the inconvenience of having to take them off and put them back on every time you go in and out of doors.
My overall recommendation is that if you can possibly live with taking them off and putting them back on... and you are disciplined whereby you will use them and not opt not to wear them because they're too much trouble... you go with the 2mm High Profile since the goal is to prevent slipping and injuring yourself.
Slippery Conditions Addressed by AltraGrips-Lite
Snow and Slush
Water and Other Liquids
Safe for Driving
AltraGrips-Lite do not have to be removed when going indoors or when driving when ordered with the low profile 1mm studs.
That's because both the studs and treads make contact with the surface giving you traction on ice and snow as well as smooth dry and wet surfaces.
They're easy to put on your shoes or boots.
Simply place the toe of your shoe in the front strap.
Then you grab the two rear, textured Dual Pull Tabs , a patented Winter Walking exclusive feature, pulling the heel strap out, back and over the heel.
It's also easier because of Winter Walking's Dual Density Design. The rubber between the front of the shoe and the heel... where there is little or no wear... is thinner making the device easier to stretch.
They're uni-foot so you don't have to worry about left or right.
Patented features make sure AltraGrips-Lite stay on your shoes and boots.
The bell shape design that fits over the entire front of the shoe or boot is the best way to keep an ice traction device securely in place. The flat strap design is better than a round or oval strap because it provides more surface area and therefore more friction to keep it from slipping.
The patented heel design has a ridge that catches between the heel and the upper to help keep it from slipping down and off.
The straps are flat... not round like the straps on many competing products... which provides more surface area and friction to prevent slipping.
Note: AltraGrips-Lite stay securely on your footwear. But I recommend the optional Ankle Strap Kit to provide additional assurance that the it won't come off your shoes or boots especially if you're walking through deep, wet snow.
There are 8 strategically placed tungsten carbide studs on each device for a total of 16 studs.
Tungsten carbide studs are far more durable than the carbon steel studs found on most competing products.
The studs are distributed so that at least one aggressive stud will likely be in contact with the ground no matter how uneven the surface.
The aggressive tread design gives them good traction in snow and slush.
The patented heel stud is extremely important because your heel is the first thing to strike the ground when you take a normal step. This allows you to walk normally. Many ice and snow traction devices force you to walk more flat-footed. Since that's not normal you tend to forget. And one misplaced step can cause you to slip and fall.
With studs facing away from your foot, insert our toe into the front toe straps and pull to make it snug up tight against the front of your shoe or boot.
Grip the left and right dual pull tabs with your left and right hands respectively.
Pull the device backward and then upward securely on to the heel.
Check to make sure the studs are positioned correctly before walking on ice and snow.
VERY IMPORTANT! When properly installed on your shoes, the heel spike should be positioned close to the base of your heel where your heel hits the ground when you take a normal step.
If the front bell shaped straps are not pulled all the way back against the front of your footwear and there is space between the front of your shoe and the front bell straps, the heel spike may be positioned too far forward and not positioned where you heel strikes the ground. Your foot could slip forward and out from under you and you could fall.
If the front bell shaped housing is pulled all the way back against the front of your shoe and there is no space between the strap and your shoe and the heel spike is still not just behind the base of the heel the AltraGrips-Lite size is too small for the footwear.
While important for everyone it is particularly import for people using a guide dog because they're trained to walk with emphasis on the heel striking the ground.
How to Install the Optional Ankle Straps
Frequently Asked Questions About AltraGrips-Lite
Do the Low Profile AltraGrips-Lite wear out quickly because the stud is so small?
It hasn't been a problem. They'll obviously wear out faster than the 2mm High Profile model given that they're used in similar circumstances. I had one customer review reporting that the studs wore out quickly. But it depends upon your weight, what your walking on and how often you use them. I use them and I'm on my third season and I know of others with the same experience.
Can I wear AltraGrips-Lite while I sit at my desk?
No, I don't recommend it if your floor is made from a soft material. While you can occasionally walk on this kind surface in grocery stores or wherever, constantly having your feet at the same spot with the inherent grinding, twisting motion your feet naturally make when you swivel on your chair will scratch the floor over time.
How do AltraGrips-Lite work for food processing or for delivery to restaurants?
They work great for traction in walk-in freezers. But you have to be careful when walking across floors that have a film of fats and oils on them like those found in many kitchens. AltraGrips-Lite are primarily designed for traction on ice and snow. The material is hard and designed for good wear. The treads themselves are large and aggressive for traction in snow. The secret to traction on smooth, greasy or oily kitchen floors is our Spiderz™ shoe attachments that use a softer material with a higher coefficient of traction with lots of leading edges.
Altragrips-Lite Customer Reviews
AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile
2 / 5 Stars
"The spikes wear quickly." Misty A., , 07/11/14
3 / 5 Stars
"Application: Delivery Drivers. We have a good mix of both young and older drivers. 50% of the older drivers do not change. The newer younger drivers accept them more. They all say that they periodically have to readjust the toe because they slip. There is no way to prevent this no matter how tight they are." Daniel M., Hooksett, NH 07/11/14
5 / 5 Stars
"Application: Personal Use. I am very happy to have my AltraGrips Lites. It was a long hard icy winter last year in NYC and I always felt MUCH safer wearing them. I bought them because I had taken a hard fall at the first icy snowstorm in mid-December, and a friend recommended them. Yes, they are great for many indoor floors... virtually any public space in NYC: supermarkets, our church, the public school. No, I cannot wear them inside my own home on the bare hardwood floor, and had to set up a series of little rugs to get from when I put my boots on to the door. They did the job of keeping me from any more falls! Yes, as it explained on the website, the cleats are very shallow, so they're perfect on ice and a thin coat of snow, but not great on deep packed snow, but the convenience of being able to come and go between indoors and out is worth that feature. Not super easy to get them onto and off my boots, because the extra strap that one purchases separately to hold them in place is bar" Pamela W., New York, NY
"Application: Personal Use. Ann Arbor suffered its worst winter since 1978 this year (2013-2014). My AltaGrips-Lite were on my feet for weeks after we had a brief warm up and then refreeze that prevented chemical ice melters from working. In the past, I had used Yaktrax Walkers and put them on as needed, but in a situation where you had them on from the time you left the house till you were sitting at your desk, the AltraGrips were the right answer. No problems driving in them. No problems with slipping on various surfaces. No problems with marring floors. They are a bit harder to put on then the Yaktrax (I needed to sit down). They are also harder to pack away." John H., Ann Arbor, MI