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What Are the Best Ice Cleats for Shoes and Boots?

There is no one best ice cleat because the best ice cleats for one person may be unsuitable for someone else. Here's why.
  • What's best depends on how and where you intend to use ice cleats.
  • The best ice cleats on Earth won't keep you safe if you're physically unable to put them on your footwear.
  • Lastly, most ice cleats are too impractical for many people because you must remove them and put them back on when you go in and out of doors and your vehicle.

Fortunately, we have professionally-designed Winter Walking Ice Cleats to satisfy almost everyone's needs, including ice cleats you can safely wear indoors and while you're driving. Please read this page or call me at 610-670-2549 to find the perfect ice cleats for you.

I sell what I genuinely believe are the best ice cleats, period. Other brands offer good ice cleats. But in my professional opinion, they're not as good. Sometimes the most subtle difference avoids a life-altering injury. No ice cleat can guarantee you won't fall. Ice cleats can only reduce the risk of an injury. My job is to minimize that risk. I do sell Yaktrax, largely by request, because they're the most popular brand in the U.S. Yaktrax are safe to use if you understand their limitations.

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ICE BEAST Ice Cleats fit all types of footwear including large, bulky boots. They're the best ice cleats for climbing because they have a fully-exposed heel.

Ice CleatsTop Ice Cleats You Can Trust to Keep You Safe

We don't sell every brand of ice cleats. We only sell the best ice cleats for shoes and boots based on 16+ years of experience.

Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats
$41.95 /pr.
Best Pull-Over Ice Cleats for Regular Shoes and Boots
Winter Walking Ice Beast HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats
$56.97 /pr.
Best Pull-Over Ice Cleats for Large Boots
Safe to Wear While Driving
Safe for Climbing
Winter Walking ICEGRIPS Ice Cleats
$52.95 /pr.
Incredibly Durable
Fits All Footwear Including Bulky, Insulated Boots

Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats
$41.95 /pr.

TRANSITIONAL TRACTION
Safe to Wear Indoors
Safe to Wear While Driving
$56.97 /pr.

TRANSITIONAL TRACTION
Fit Oversize Boots
Safe to Wear Indoors
Safe to Wear While Driving
Safe for Climbing
$45.97 /pr.

TRANSITIONAL TRACTION
Safe to Wear Indoors
Safe to Wear While Driving
Winter Walking SPARE SPIKE
Ice CleatsWinter Walking SPARE SPIKE Ice Cleats
$25.95 /pr.
Replaceable Spikes
Lite-Duty Ice Cleats
Winter Walking EASY SPIKE™ Ice CleatsWinter Walking EASY SPIKE Ice Cleats
$25.95 /pr.
Best Low-Cost Ice Cleats
Winter Walking HEEL-GRIPS™ Ice CleatsWinter Walking HEEL-GRIPS Ice Cleats JD325
$36.95 /pr.
Safe for Driving
Safe for Climbing
Winter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL™ Ice CleatsWinter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL Ice Cleats
$36.95 /pr.

TRANSITIONAL TRACTION
Safe to Wear Indoors
Safe to Wear While Driving
Winter Walking GRIPS-LITE
Ice Cleats
Winter Walking GRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats
$41.95 /pr.
Non-Sparking and Non-Conductive

TRANSITIONAL TRACTION
Longest-Lasting Gritted Traction Devices
Safe to Wear Indoors
Safe to Wear While Driving
Versatile Traction
Yaktrax WalkYaktrax Walk
$18.00 /pr.
Spikeless Ice Cleats
Will Not Damage Indoor Floors
Note: Very slippery on smooth indoor floors.
Yaktrax ProYaktrax Pro
$28.97 /pr.
Heavier Duty Spikeless Ice Cleats
Will Not Damage Indoor Floors
Note: Very slippery on smooth indoor floors.
Need help deciding which ice cleats are best for you?
Read the information on this page, or call me at 610-670-2549.

Ice Cleats Frequently Asked Questions FAQs About Ice Cleats

Can I wear ice cleats while I'm driving?
It depends on how aggressive the ice spikes are and the design of the straps. Visit Ice Cleats Safe to Wear While Driving to find out more.
Must I remove my ice cleats before going indoors?
Generally speaking, you do. However, I sell ice cleats you can safely wear on most indoor floors without causing damage. Visit Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats and Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LP Ice Cleats.
Why do so many recreational grade ice and snow cleats get good reviews?

Almost any ice cleats for shoes and boots is better than no ice cleats. Therefore, it's the reviewer's base frame of reference. What you don't read about is when the seemingly reliable ice grippers later fail.

For example, when the unsuspecting user steps on

  • black ice;
  • a steeper incline; or
  • on surfaces where the ice cleats were previously effective but now fail because of ware on an inferior spike design.
Where is the best place to buy ice cleats?
We are ice cleats experts with over a decade of experience. Experience is important because we help you find the best ice cleats for you depending on where you live, how you plan to use ice cleats, how often you use them, and your physical limitations. We also have hard-to-find ice cleats you can wear while you're driving and indoors, so you don't have to continuously put them on and take them off. We also offer volume discounts, same-day order processing, fast, free shipping, and free size exchanges. In conclusion, for both individuals and businesses, you won't find a better place to buy ice cleats.
Why do you sell Yaktrax?
Yaktrax have an almost cult-like following. Therefore, I'm once again selling Yaktrax Walk and Yaktrax Pro by popular demand.

Exclamation Point Crucial Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Ice Cleats

You become a knowledgeable shopper by understanding why some ice cleats work so much better than others. Here are some critical things to consider when choosing the best ice cleats.

Discover Why an Ice Cleats Traction Method is Critical

Spiked (Studded) Ice Cleats

Why Spiked Ice Cleats Give You the Best Traction
The most important factor for traction and safety on ice is penetration. Penetrating the ice depends on the aggressiveness of the traction method.

Aggressive traction methods become even more critical

  • in frigid temperatures when ice becomes denser. Therefore, ice cleats that work well a 28°F might not work as well or at all at 15°F. Here's another way to understand this idea. A low-quality or dull nail will work just fine for penetrating soft pine and be useless for hardwoods like oak.
  • on steep hills. An ice cleat that works on flat terrain can't handle slopes with the increased g force.
What makes these situations worse is that you build false confidence in your ice cleat's ability to provide traction in all situations. Spikes provide the best traction because of the more aggressive the point of contact the better the penetration into the ice.
Studded Ice Cleats

Place your hand against the bottom of an ice traction device with steel coils. Now do the same, for example, with a HIGH-PRO Ice Cleat. What does your common sense tell you?

Of course the HIGH-PRO is better at penetrating ice. The traction provided by just one aggressive spike on the HIGH-PRO substantially exceeds the combined grip of the steel coils on both the right and left ice cleats.

Spike Design
The shape of the spike is important. Some spikes, particularly non-tungsten carbide spikes, are tapered. Non-tungsten carbide spikes are designed that way because they're not as strong. However, as tapered spikes wear down, they become less aggressive and effective.

Tungsten carbide spikes are uniform and remain equally aggressive and effective throughout their service life. 2mm spikes are best. 1mm spikes will give you excellent traction if they come in contact with the surface.
Sometimes a layer of snow covers the top of the ice or ice is uneven. Therefore, 2mm spikes have a better chance of coming in contact with the ice because they're longer than 1mm spikes. Lastly, 2mm spikes last longer.
Number of Spikes
More spikes are generally better. However, if you distribute your weight over too many points of contact, it's like the bed of nails trick at a sideshow. The spikes (or studs) don't penetrate the ice.
Spike Distribution
The spike distribution is critical since you always want at least one spike to be in contact with the ice. Spike distribution is especially critical on uneven ice. Many ice cleats are terrible in this respect.
Heel Spikes are Critical
Heel Spike Look for a Heel Spike. Your heal is the first thing to strike the ground when you take a normal, natural step. If there's no Heel Spike to contact the ice, your foot slips forward and out from under you. The other spikes never make contact with the ice to save you. Also, once you lose traction it's tough to get it back.
Ice cleats without heal spikes force you to walk more flat-footed which isn't natural. Since it's not natural, it's easy to forget. If you accidentally take a normal step, and you could slip and fall.
Spike Material
Tungsten carbide spikes are far more durable and last several times longer than carbon steel spikes and tens of times longer than steel coils.
Replaceable Spikes
Replaceable Spikes
  • extend the life of the ice cleats;
  • can be less comfortable because of the bump on the foot bed resulting from the mounting mechanism; and
  • increase the chance of losing one or more while in use thereby increasing the chance of falling.
Non-replaceable spikes are more comfortable and more secure. However, the ice cleats obviously have to be replaced when spikes wear out.
Ice Cleats With Replaceable Screws
Screws are a form if spike. Manufacturers make screws from tempered carbon steel. They rely on an edge surrounding the screw head for traction, which tends to wear smooth rather quickly. The good news is that you can easily replace them.
But while you should always inspect your ice cleats no matter what type you have, few people do remember to check them before venturing out. After replacements, the screws are not always as secure. If you lose one, that's just the one that you might need the most to prevent a fall.
Ice Cleats That Use Chains
The ones I'm familiar with have a gripping sawtooth design are effective and durable but best suited for off-road running and hiking. However, the area of contact with the ice becomes larger as they wear down and the traction decreases.

Some chain designs have a roller barrel with edges. As the name implies, they tend to "roll" especially on flat smooth surfaces.

Chains can become a tripping hazard and can trap debris.

Wound Stainless Steel Coils
YAKTRAX are the most popular ice cleats in the United States and use wound stainless steel coils. Here are some crucial things to consider regarding spikeless traction cleats.
  • Wound coils provide hundreds of gripping edges more than spiked ice cleats. They have to because the gripping edges are not aggressive. It takes tens if not hundreds of gripping edges to equal a single aggressive stud.
  • Coiled Ice Cleats are not effective for deep snow, slush or black ice and become less effective as temperatures drop, causing ice to become denser.
  • Stainless steel coils tend to wear down rapidly, especially if the user frequently walks on bare spots not covered by ice and snow. A typical user gets one season or less of use.
  • While they won't damage most types of floors, you must remove this type of ice traction cleat before going indoors or on to most forms of transportation. That's because walking on a smooth, dry floor while wearing this type of ice gripper is extremely slippery and dangerous.
  • Users must be careful using spike-less ice cleats in the city because they're extremely slippery when you step on a sewer grate, manhole cover or smooth, hard surface like marble or bricks.
  • The initial cost is lower than professional ice cleats. However, ice cleats with steel coils require frequent replacement.
  • Not suited for off-road use.
  • Not suited for environments where sparking is an issue or climbing is required.
Gritted Ice Cleats
I don't recommend gritted ice cleats for general use. Gritted traction devices are for use in Non-Sparking, Non-Conductive conditions like for use around oil and gas operations, grain elevators, electric and gas utilities, and explosives. Gritted ice cleats are far less effective than spiked ice cleats especially on extremely cold, dense ice.

An Ice Cleat's Tread Design is Crucial for Traction on Snow and Ice

Ice cleats treads should be aggressive so that your ice cleats reduce the risk of slipping on all mixes of cold, slippery conditions including ice, snow, packed snow, slush, and black ice. The tread design must work with the spikes to protect you. Many ice grippers offer no treads at all and rely on the bottom of your shoe or boot. Even worse, ice cleats without treads impede the function of the treads on your boots.
Self-cleaning treads are critical. Spikes, coils, or any method of traction is useless if snow buildup on the bottom of your shoe or boot prevents them from contacting the ice. You want an aggressive, self-cleaning tread design that cuts through that layer of snow or your feet will go right out from under you.

The Ice Cleat's Strap Design and Durability Are Crucial for Your Safety

Straps are critical. Here's why
  • Ice cleats for shoes and boots must to be easy to put on and take off. If they're not you won't use them. It's the one time you step out the door in a hurry and don't put them on is the time you get hurt.
  • Your ice cleats must remain securely in place and aligned on your footwear for the spikes and tread design to work properly.
  • Look for wider straps because the offer more gripping surface are to keep them in place.
  • Strap materials must maintain their elasticity over time.
  • Straps must remain flexible a very low temperatures so the ice cleats are easy to put on and remove on the coldest days.
  • Ice cleats must stay securely on your footwear in deep, wet snow without having to rely on an additional strap across the top of the shoe. There's nothing wrong with the extra strap other than it's just one more thing to fiddle with when you're in a hurry. And there will always be times you'll have to take them off and put them back on. So you want things to be as easy as possible.
  • Strap Durability is a major safety consideration. Imagine yourself in the middle an icy parking lot when a strap suddenly breaks. You're in big trouble. All straps can and will eventually break. However, buying high-quality ice cleats reduces the risk.

Overall Durability Is a Critical Safety Consideration

When most people think about quality and durability, they're thinking about getting their money's worth. That's the least of your problems regarding quality and ice cleats. You're in trouble when
  • you're walking across a treacherous icy parking lot and a strap brakes, and you're down to one ice gripper, or
  • you take that next step and one or more of your spikes is worn down, bent or missing altogether.
People often say "I'll replace the cleats because they weren't that expensive". Not in the middle of that icy parking lot you won't. I try to emphasize throughout this website that it only takes a fraction of a second to sustain a life-altering injury. Please, for your and your employees' sake, buy high-quality, well-designed ice cleats.

Can the straps break or something go wrong with a spike on heavy-duty, industrial-quality ice cleats? Absolutely! But the risk is greatly reduced. Reducing your risk is what it's all about.

Question Mark Why Is Choosing the Best Ice Cleats so Important?

"Watch this video. Does it bring back any unpleasant memories? Well, it does for me because I hate walking on ice! So, it's particularly rewarding to help other people be safer."

People Who Already Know Why Ice Cleats Are Crucial

There are two groups of people who already completely understand why choosing the right ice and snow grips is crucial. You may already be a member. If not, and by reading this page, you'll reduce your chances of becoming a member.

Have You Already Been Injured From Falling on Ice and Snow?

Every year, I get calls from people looking for the best possible ice cleats who have already slipped and injured themselves. As you already know, slipping on the ice is serious and can cause painful and serious
  • head injuries,
  • broken hips,
  • sprained a muscles and ligaments,
  • herniated disks, and
  • lastly, compression fractures.
Once you've suffered one of these injuries, you never want it to happen again.
Many times you never fully recover because the pain nags and persists for weeks, months, years, and sometimes forever. In extreme cases, you can't work or participate in your favorite pastimes. It's a personal and financial disaster.

Most people were not wearing ice cleats when they fell. However, many people were wearing ice cleats they couldn't have been happier with up until the day they failed. They found out the hard way that there are big differences in how well different brands of ice cleats protect you. Some discovered that their ice grippers caused the fall!

If you haven't been injured, you definitely want to take steps to avoid an ice injury.

Are You a Business Owner or Safety Manager Incurring Lost-Time Accidents?

If you fall into this group, you have often made two common mistakes buying ice cleats. You
  • Waited until bad weather already arrived. Employees were slipping and getting injured and needed ice grippers immediately. You were under pressure to solve the problem fast and didn't have time to shop for the best ice cleats. So, you bought whatever ice cleats you could find locally or online from any store that could ship immediately. After all, isn't any ice cleat better than nothing? Well yes, and as you'll discover on this website, not always. That's because choosing the wrong ice cleats can increase injuries.
  • Selected ice cleats based upon price alone. You soon discovered that
    • No ice cleat is more expensive than cheap, unreliable ice grippers that result in just one incredibly expensive lost-time accident.
    • Reliable, professional ice cleats have a lower cost of ownership than recreational ice cleats because professional ice grippers last several times longer.
    • Lastly, you'll also find out reading this page that durability is a critical safety consideration, not just a cost issue.

All Ice Cleats Are Not the Same

Your safety while walking on ice is not a "slam dunk" regardless of what ice cleats you're wearing. As I say throughout this website, ice cleats cannot guarantee you won't fall on ice. Ice grippers can only reduce your risk of falling. Choosing the right ice cleats minimizes the risk of a fall. Selecting the wrong ice cleats can increase your risk. Worse yet, mediocre ice grippers may make you feel overconfident. Here's why.
Wearing ice cleats that don't work on all slippery surfaces is like playing Russian Roulette because your next step can be on a slippery surface on which your bargain ice grippers don't work. That's because not all ice cleats work well
  • in all winter slippery conditions. Some brands only work on ice and packed snow. Unfortunately, that's not how nature works or the real-world slick surfaces you walk on. There's usually a combination of deep snow, that over time becomes packed snow, and after melting and refreezing becomes ice or black ice. And you can't forget about the dry patches. Depending on the type of surface, some ice cleats can be extremely slippery.
  • in frigid temperatures. The lower the temperatures the denser the ice. Traction on ice requires penetration. Your ice cleats with a less aggressive spike design may work well at 25° and not at all at 10° or below.
  • on rough, uneven ice because the spikes are poorly distributed. Once you lose traction, it's hard to get it back and you will go down.
  • on steep inclines.
  • as spikes wear down because the spike design causes the spikes to become smooth or more blunt and therefore less aggressive.
Your ice cleat's strap design and durability are critical because they keep your ice cleats securely on and aligned on your footwear. Loosing an ice cleat in the middle of an icy parking lot or sidewalk is a disaster because
  • Even if a strap hasn't broken and you somehow manage to safely retrieve it, you have nothing to hold on to while putting it back on.
  • If the straps did break, you're in real trouble.

Do you find ice and snow cleats too difficult to put on or inconvenient, and impractical to use? Owning ice cleats won't do you any good if their in a drawer in your garage.

I'll help you find ice traction devices that balance performance and safety with convenience and practicality.

Icy Sidewalk

Walking on an icy sidewalk like this is your worst nightmare if you're not wearing ice cleats you can trust.

It's not the right time to find out that your ice cleats don't work on black ice or that the temperature dropped 10° and your ice grippers no longer work on the denser ice.

Why put yourself through unnecessary stress and risk? Talk with me. I pledge to do everything possible to find the best ice cleats for you.

Call me at 610-670-2549.

Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding the Importance of Ice Cleats

Do you enjoy
  • Getting a paycheck?
  • Going fishing, hunting, walking, hiking, camping, golfing, or playing tennis; and
  • Playing with the kids and grandchildren?
If you're a business,
  • How many lost-time accidents can you afford?
  • How do you replace the expertise if a key employee is injured?
  • What happens if you're injured? For many smaller businesses, you are the business.
  • Is it good to have higher productivity from employees who aren't moving slowly trying not to slip on the ice?
In a fraction of a second, a slip on the ice and the long-term effects of the resulting injury can turn your life or business upside down.
  • You may not be able to work or enjoy your favorite activities for weeks, months, or even ever again.
  • It can be a financial disaster for you, your family, and business.
  • When you're "better", many people have lingering pain that detracts from all their activities including their ability to perform their job.
  • If you're a senior citizen, a high percentage of seniors who break their hips die within a few years from complications. If you don't believe me, Ask your doctor!

No Ice Cleats Can Guarantee You Won't Slip on Ice

Ice grippers can only reduce your risk of falling. Professionally-engineered ice cleats minimize the risk of slipping on ice. Our mutual goal is to keep you as safe as possible. Winter Walking Ice Cleats have been the industry leaders for over 35 years. Their ice cleats are sold through industrial supply houses to some of the largest companies in the United States.
Companies that use Winter Walking Ice cleats.

What are Recreational Ice Cleats?

"Small differences in ice cleats design can have a significant impact on maintaining your traction on ice."
Wearing ice cleats that don't work on all slippery surfaces is like playing Russian Roulette because your next step can be on a slippery surface on which your bargain ice cleats don't work.

Manufacturers that manufacture the recreational ice grippers you find in local stores and on most online stores focus on keeping prices low and not the best traction. Recreational ice cleats provide traction in certain, and most often not all, slippery winter conditions.

For a few dollars more, you can minimize your risk by buying professional-quality ice cleats with new, state-of-the-art features that will last several times longer than cheap ice cleats.

Could you still slip on the ice? Yes! However, at least you will have done everything possible to avoid it. Would you buy a car that was $100 less expensive with brakes that "usually work"?

We sell professional-quality Winter Walking Ice Cleats. Winter Walking focuses on preventing slips and falls on all winter's slippery conditions while keeping prices as low as possible without sacrificing quality and performance.

Common Myths Regarding Why You Don't Need Ice Cleats

I don't need ice cleats because we rarely have ice problems where I live.
It only takes one icy sidewalk and one slip and fall to change your life forever. What if you applied this logic to your home? Would you not buy a smoke detector or fire extinguisher because houses on your street rarely catch on fire?
I've fallen many times in the past, and I never got seriously hurt because I know how to fall.
No, you don't! You've been lucky. When you slip on glare or black ice, you don't even know you're falling until you hit the ground. Maybe the next time you won't be so lucky. Furthermore, injuries from slipping on ice tend to become more frequent and serious as you get older.
If there's ice on the ground, I just don't go outside.
Many times, ice surprises you. Icy conditions arise after you're already outside the home. Most of the traction devices I sell are portable, so you can take them with you and have them if and when you need them. Remember, it only takes one fall.

Time to Buy Ice Cleats When Is the Best Time to Shop for Ice Cleats?

Shop for Ice Cleats Before Ice Arrives and Injuries Occur
For both companies and consumers, the best time to buy ice cleats is before Winter because you'll have time to
  • thoroughly shop and find the best ice grippers for your situation instead of settling for whatever you can get in a hurry;
  • make sure they fit your shoes and boots; and
  • lastly, familiarize yourself and instruct your employees about how to properly use them.

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No store works harder than we do to get ice cleats sizing right on the first try. If you measure your footwear as I advise you to do in my Sizing Tips, Size Exchanges are rare. However, when Size Exchanges are necessary

This policy is consistent with and exceeds competing stores Free Exchanges policies. If you have questions, please call me at 610-670-2549.

The last thing I want is for you to be disappointed in your purchase or feel that I mislead you or treated you unfairly. So, in the unlikely event you're not totally satisfied with your ice cleats or shoe traction devices purchased from me, I'll refund your money and pay for the return freight. Call me at 610-670-2549.

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