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Ice Cleats Recommended for Postal Workers

Mailman and Mail Truck in Winter
Original Photo by Elvert Barnes of Mail Truck in Hyattsville, MD,
Mail carriers encounter every winter slippery condition including ice, packed snow, deep snow, slush, and black ice. Slippery conditions not only pose an injury hazard but also slow you down making it more difficult to stay on schedule.

Winter Walking Ice Cleats work in any combination of wintry conditions and allow you to move quickly and safely.

Urban mail delivery presents unique problems when selecting ice cleats. Here's why.
  • Delivering mail involves constantly going in and out of doors. Traditional ice cleats damage floors or are slippery on hard surfaces like tile, granite, or marble. Therefore, you have to take them off and put them back on every time you go in and out of a building.
  • Traditional ice cleats are slippery with metal to metal contact that occurs when stepping on sewer grates, utility hole covers, and stairs covers.

    The ice cleats I recommend for Urban Delivery have Transitional Traction whereby both the tread and the stud come in contact with the surface. They won't damage most interior floors and are far less likely to slide on hard surfaces making them ideal for use in the city.
No ice cleats can absolutely guarantee you won't fall on ice. I can recommend ice cleats I sincerely believe are the best to minimize your risk of falling given your unique circumstances. My goal is to manage your risk of falling to keep you as safe as possible.

Recommended Ice Cleats Common Features Important to Mail Carriers

All recommended ice cleats

  • Aggressive, well-positioned Tungsten Carbide Studs provide excellent traction on ice including black ice and remain effective in frigid temperatures. Well-distributed spikes assure that at least one stud contacts the ice on uneven surfaces.
  • Patented Heel Spikes and spikes positioned close to the front of the Ice Cleat allow you to walk naturally. That's because your heel is the first thing to strike the ground when you take a natural step and the front of your footwear is the last as you push off.
  • Dual Pull Tabs - You can use two hands to stretch the Ice Cleat over your boots and shoes. Dual Pull Tabs are especially useful for people with weakness in their hands or who have arthritis.
  • Dual Density Construction - The straps are thinner in non-wear areas so they're easier to stretch over shoes and boots.
  • Aggressive Self-Cleaning Treads - provide traction in loose snow. The Self-Cleaning feature prevents snow and debris from building up on the bottom of your shoe and boot that would prevent the studs from contacting the ice.
  • Dual Material Design - The treads are molded using a harder material for greater wear and stud retention. (Does not include ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE.)
  • Industry Leading Strap Design - Keeps your ice cleats securely on you footwear.

Practical and Convenient Ice Cleats Mail Carriers Can Wear Indoors and While Driving

The ice cleats I recommend for most Postal Workers have Transitional Traction. Here's why.
  • Both the stud and treads contact the floor because the 1mm tungsten carbide studs minimally protrude beyond the tread. Therefore,
  • They won't damage most floors, and they're not slippery on smooth, hard surfaces. Examples of floors where you can wear them are like those found in the grocery store, drug store, and post office. However, you SHOULD NOT wear them on finished hardwood floors because they'll scratch them.
  • Transitional Traction ice cleats are safe to wear while driving because the shorted studs won't penetrate the pedals. The straps are tight against your footwear and less likely to get hung up transitioning between pedals. However, you are the ultimate judge to determine if you feel comfortable driving wearing them.

The problem with Transitional Traction ice cleats is that they are a compromise solution. The ice cleats I recommend in the next section have 2mm studs that provide better traction on ice that has a thin layer of snow on the top and should last twice as long. However, the more aggressive studs require taking them off and putting them back on going indoors or in and out of your car or mass transit.

The two Ice Cleats with Transitional Traction include Winter LOW-PRO and Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE.

Winter Walking LOW-PRO are your best choice overall because they have

  • more studs;
  • more aggressive treads; patented and more durable Dual Material Construction;
  • better, wider straps;
  • and a state-of-the-art design.

Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE come in larger and smaller sizes than the LOW-PRO and

  • have a thinner design that may be better for people with balance issues; and
  • lastly, are all black and less conspicuous on your shoes and boots.
Buy LOW-PRO
Ice Cleats JD6610
$39.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Low Profile (LP)
$45.97 /pr.
Buy AltraGrips-Lite LP
Ice Cleats JD3615
$45.97 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

Best Ice Cleats for The Most Challenging Deliveries

Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats are the best for reducing the risk of slipping on ice and snow. These HIGH-PRO are the ice cleats you need for traction on steep sidewalks, driveways, and roads. However, you have to remove HIGH-PROs before going indoors because the aggressive 2mm tungsten carbide studs will damage floors. You must evaluate whether you feel they're too aggressive to wear while driving.
Buy HIGH-PRO
Ice Cleats JD6625
$39.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

A Popular, Low-Cost Solution for Mail Delivery on Ice and Snow

The USPS loves EASY SPIKE Ice Cleats. These are light-duty ice cleats for occasional use. These are traditional ice cleats and do not solve the problems the revolutionary ice cleats I recommended earlier on this page. However, they match or exceed the quality of other ice cleats in this price category.
Buy EASY SPIKE
Ice Cleats JD350
$18.00 /pr.
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." They forgot to mention ice! But that's OK. Winter Walking Ice Cleats will help you get the job done!
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
Size
15+ --- 14½" - 15½" XXL
13 - 14½ --- 14" ‹ 14½" XL
10 - 12½ 12+ 13¼" ‹ 14" L
8 - 9½ 10 - 11½ 12½" ‹ 13¼" M
5 - 7½ 7 - 9½ 10¾" ‹ 12½" S
--- 4½ - 6½ 10" ‹ 10¾" XS
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
LOW-PRO Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range in Inches* Size
13½ + --- 14" - 14¾" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13¼" ‹ 14" XL
9½ - 11 11.5+ 12¾" ‹ 13¼" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11¾" ‹ 12¾" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ 10¾" ‹ 11¾" S
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.

HIGH-PRO Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
Size
13½ --- 14" - 14½" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13¼" ‹ 14" XL
9½ - 11 12+ 12¾" ‹ 13¼" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11¾" ‹ 12¾" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ 10¾" ‹ 11¾" S
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
EASY SPIKE Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
  • EASY SPIKE fits over most types of boots and shoes.
  • Sizes are for regular shoes or sneakers.
  • Select the next bigger size to fit over boots.
Men's Women's Size
11½ - 13½ --- XL
9 - 11 11+ L
6½ - 8½ 8½ - 10½ M
< 6 6½ - 8½ S
 

Crucial Ice Cleats Sizing Tips

  1. You can go by the shoe sizes. However, the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary significantly for the same foot size. So option two below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of your shoe or boot. Measure the bottom from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel. Measure on "the flat", don't wrap around. We want the length. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that spans the length of your footwear. Measure carefully. Measure twice. Our goal is to get you the right size on the first try to make you as safe as possible as soon as possible.
Ice cleats Sizes are unisex that fit men's and women's shoes and boots according to the sizing charts.
Always try your ice cleats on as soon as you receive them for two reasons.
  1. You want to be ready for the bad weather. Don't wait until the ice is on the ground to find out you need a size exchange.
  2. I can't do free size exchanges for ice cleats that have been used because I can't resell them.
FAQs

What should I do if the length of my shoe or boot is extremely close to the breakpoint of a size range? Should I choose the next larger size? For example, assume the length of your boot or shoe is just under 12½". You look at the specific size chart for ice cleats you're buying. Assume for this example the Medium has size range of 11½" to < 12½" and a Large is 12½" to < 13". For regular shoes and work shoes, stick with the smaller of the two sizes your considering. If you're planning to use your ice cleats on heavier winter boots, choose the bigger size.

I'm planning to use the ice cleats on both my shoes and boots. But they're different lengths. What should I do?

If the difference in length is small, order the size for the larger boots. Purchase the optional Ankle Strap to use when you use the ice cleats on your shoes. The ankle strap will make sure they stay on. If the difference in length is significant, you may need two sizes of ice cleats. That's because you want the ice cleats to be snug, so they not only stay on your footwear but also stay aligned.

I have a large company. There's no way I can measure everyone's footwear.

I understand. Go by shoe sizes. I'll be happy to exchange sizes later on. However, please make sure you haven't used the ice cleats outdoors.

Is the measuring technique 100% accurate?

Nope. It's accurate most of the time. Measuring is far superior to go by shoe size. 
Ice Cleat Ankle Straps
Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots. Most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. However, Ankle Straps add an additional level of comfort, knowing your ice cleats will stay on your footwear. It's more critical to consider Ankle Straps if you

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What Free Ice Cleats Size Exchanges Means

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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