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Best Ice Cleats for People with Disabilities and Arthritis

Why Ice Cleats are So Difficult to Use for People with Disabilities

Ice cleats that stretch over shows and boots can be difficult to put on and take off if you have a disability affecting your hands and fingers like arthritis.

Most ice cleats need to be removed before going indoors.

  • Aggressive Spikes
    • will damage most floors; and
    • become slippery on hard, smooth surfaces like tile.
  • Spikeless Ice Grips with wound steel coils won't damage most floors but are extremely slippery on smooth surfaces. If the wound coil is broken, it can catch on a rug causing you to trip or damage the rug.

Therefore, using ice cleats is impractical for people with disabilities especially if you frequently go in and out of doors.

If your disability doesn't affect your hands and fingers but instead affects your ability to bend or your balance, you're dependent upon someplace to sit down to remove and put your ice cleats back on. Not every business has a bench in the front.

Features Especially Important to People with Disabilities

Dual Pull Tabs All the recommendations have the following exclusive patented features especially important to people with arthritis and other physical problems affecting fingers and hands.
Dual Pull Tabs
Dual Pull Tabs allow you to grip the ice cleats with both hands when stretching it back and over your footwear.
Dual Density Construction
The material is thinner in low-wear areas making it easier to stretch over the front of your boots and shoes as well as over the back of the heel.

Ice Cleats That Provide the Best Traction May Not Be the Solution for Many People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are often terrified of slips and falls on ice. Their disability is often the result of a winter fall. The last thing many people can afford is to re-injure their back, knee, or re-break a hip.

The bad news is that I can't guarantee you won't slip and fall on ice. No one can make that guarantee regardless of the ice cleats you choose. All I can do is everything possible to lower that risk.

The best ice cleats to reduce your risk of slipping on ice are HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats.

HIGH-PRO gives you excellent traction on all slippery winter surfaces including

  • ice;
  • packed snow
  • loose snow
  • slush; and
  • black ice.

But you have to take them off before you go indoors because the 2mm spikes will damage floors and, depending on the type of floor, be slippery.

If going in and out of doors isn't a problem for you, consider getting HIGH-PROs and just let them on a pair of boots or shoes.

Transitional Traction Ice Cleats are the Solution for Most People with Disabilities

The next best thing to HIGH-PRO is LOW-PRO Ice Cleats better serve the needs of most people with disabilities. LOW-PRO Ice Grips have all the patented, revolutionary features of the HIGH-PRO but with
  • 1mm studs instead of 2mm studs that minimally protrude beyond the tread. You can wear them on most indoor floors because of both the studs, and the treads make contact with the surface; and
  • they provide better traction on sewer grates, utility hole covers, smooth stone or brick walking surfaces found in cities, and when entering and exiting mass transit.

But there's a compromise. 2mm spikes are better because they have a better chance of making contact with the ice especially when there's a thin layer of snow on top of the ice. I would rather see you wearing 2mm spikes on steep icy sidewalks or extremely icy steps. Do the 1mm spikes work in these conditions? Yes. But 2mm spikes are better.

Having said that, the 1mm tungsten carbide spikes are well-positioned and work well. So, if you can't wear HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats, choose LOW-PRO Ice Cleats. LOW-PROs provide the best possible traction for people who not otherwise use ice cleats because of their physical limitations. You need ice cleats to keep yourself safer on ice.

Ice Cleats Recommended for People with Disabilities

Watch the product videos below to find out more about these features.

Common Features

  • 26 aggressive, well-positioned Tungsten Carbide Studs provide excellent traction on ice including black ice .
  • 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.

LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Exclusive Features

Transitional Traction - 26 aggressive 1mm Tungsten Carbide Studs minimally protrude beyond the tread. Both the studs and the tread make contact with the surface. Therefore, LOW-PRO Ice Cleats

Therefore, you can put your LOW-PRO Ice Cleats on when you leave the house and leave them on until you return. LOW-PRO are the ultimate blind-friendly Ice Grips.


These Ice Grips have Transitional Traction the same as the LOW-PRO above. Choose ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE if you need a size XS or if you're put off by the bright orange color of the LOW-PRO. The LOW-PRO is the superior ICE Cleat and I encourage you to stick with it.

HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats Exclusive Features

26 aggressive 2mm Tungsten Carbide Studs provide the ultimate protection from falling. Even though both the LOW-PRO and HIGH-PRO are excellent on ice, I would rather have you use the HIGH-PRO on steep hills or extremely icy steps.

I recommend HIGH-PRO Ice Grips in these dangerous situations because the longer 2mm studs have a better chance of contacting the ice especially when there's a thin layer of snow on top of the ice. However, the added protection comes with a price.

The studs will damage floors and can be slippery on hard, smooth non-ice and snow covered surfaces. So you have to take them off when going indoors. The longer 2mm spikes also make them slippery on hazards found in cities like sewer covers and utility hole covers. In my opinion, the longer studs make HIGH-PRO more difficult to wear while you're driving and certainly produce more wear and tear on floor mats.

I definitely recommend HIGH-PRO if you're

  • physically able to put ice cleats on and off, and
  • not planning to use them in the city.

LOW-PRO Ice Cleats

$39.95 /pr.
Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats JD6610 on winter boots showing top and bottom views.
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats on winter boots
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Dual Material Construction
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Transitional Traction
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Front Straps
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Heel Straps showing patented Dual Pull Tabs.
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats side view on winter boots and dress shoes.
LOW-PRO Ice Cleats showing a dogtooth surface that helps to prevent them from slipping out of place.
LOW-PRO is my top recommendation and the best choice for most blind people. If you're concerned the bright orange color will draw too much attention to your ice cleats, you need as size XS, or have a very large shoe size, scroll down to find ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE Ice Cleats.

ALTRAGRIPS-LITE are also available in XXL and XS.
Ice Cleats JD6610
$39.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Demo Video

Aggregate Review
Aggregate Ratings
4.86 / 5
Based on 7 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction?


$45.97 /pr.
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats on Winter Boots
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats Front Straps
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats Rear View Showing Dual Pull Tabs
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats Closeup of Studs
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats Heal Spike
ALTRAGRIPS-LITE Ice Cleats on Dress Shoe and Sneaker

If you can find your size and don't mind the orange color, choose the Winter Walking LOW-PRO Ice Cleats shown previously on this webpage.

  • LOW-PRO has 26 1mm studs instead of 16 1mm studs.
  • The tread is more aggressive.
  • It's more durable.
  • Lastly, LOW-PRO is less expensive.
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


HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats

$39.95 /pr.
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD6625.
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD6625 Dual Material Construction
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD6625 Front Straps
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD6625 Dual Pull Tabs
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD6625 Side View.
Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats JD6625 Interior Surface.
Ice Cleats JD6625
$39.95 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount

HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats Demo Video

Aggregate Ratings
5.00 / 5
Based on 3 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction?
Easy to put on and take Off?
How well do they stay on your footwear?
Safe to wear while driving?
Quality of materials and workmanship?
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Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
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*
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.

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.
  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.

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.

My satisfaction guarantee is unconditional. However, I'll ask you why you're not satisfied because I want to know if

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