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Considerations When Buying Ice Cleats for SeniorsImportant Things to Consider When Seniors Shop for Ice Cleats

Why Senior Citizens Need the Best Ice Cleats
Getting caught unprepared on an icy sidewalk is a nightmare for the elderly because the consequences from a fall are so severe.
No ice cleats can absolutely guarantee you won't fall on ice. I can only recommend ice cleats I sincerely believe are the best to minimize your risk of falling given your unique circumstances. Our goal is to manage your risk and reduce your worry so you'll be able to function and "enjoy your life" during the winter months.

No One Ice Cleat Brand or Model is Best for Every Senior Citizen

The common goal for all elderly people is fall prevention. But choosing the best ice cleats can't be generalized for all senior citizens because the best choice depends on
  • your physical capabilities and limitations including
    • your ability to bend over to put on and take off your ice cleats;
    • weakness in your hands caused by arthritis and other conditions that make it difficult to put ice cleats on your shoes and boots; and
    • recovery from surgeries or broken bones.
  • how much risk of falling you're willing to assume for the sake of convenience;
  • extenuating circumstances including
    • icy stairs, or
    • you live on a steep hill;
  • the activities they plan to do while wearing ice cleats;
  • where you live (urban, suburban, or rural).
Call me at 610-670-2549.
I'll ask you a couple of questions to make absolutely sure you get the best ice cleats that keep you safest. If ordering online is a problem for you, I can also take your order over the phone.

Full-Sole Heavy Duty Ice Cleats Ideal for Senior CitizensBest Ice Cleats for Seniors with Physical Disabilities, Limited Moblity, or Live in the City

You can put these ice cleats on when you leave your home and take them off when you return because they're

Winter Walking LOW-PRO Full-Sole Heavy-Duty Ice Cleats Ideal for Senior CitizensWinter Walking LOW-PRO JD6610 are the Best Choice for Most Seniors

You can put them on when you leave your home and take them off when you return because they're
Buy Winter Walking LOW-PRO
Ice Cleats JD6610
$39.95 /pr.

AltraGrips-Lite LP Full-Sole Heavy Duty Ice Cleats.AltraGrips-Lite LP Are Less Conspicuous, Better for Balance, and Available in XS

These ice cleats have the same advantages as the LOW-PRO but
  • have fewer studs; less aggressive treads; and
  • are less durable.

However, they're your best choice if you

  • wear an XS or require a very large shoe size;
  • want to call less attention to your ice cleats because of the bright orange color of the LOW-PRO; and
  • have balance issues because the bottom is flatter on the bottom of your footwear.
Buy Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE
LOW-PROFILE Ice Cleats JD3615
$45.97 /pr.
"I bought her these AltraGrips-Lite. We have such terrible snow and ice here, and my mother stopped going for walks. We tried other pull-ons, but they made her trip, or got all twisted up. I have studded snow tires and when I saw these it just made sense. It's been a particularly icy year - but my mom goes out and walks for an hour - and her confidence is sky high. This is a HUGE deal. She never feels like she's going to fall and walks on slick ice with these AltraGrips-Lite. And they are super easy to put on. I cried the first day because her first steps were intrepid, but within 5 minutes she was trucking along... "
Julie M. Aspen, CO 1/19/20

Full-Sole Ice Cleats with 2mm aggressive studs best for preventing Seniors from falling on the ice. Best For Seniors Not Concerned About Putting Ice Cleats On and Taking Then Off

These ice cleats give you the best possible traction on ice and all winter slick surfaces. These are the best ice cleats for elderly people who do not
  • have problems putting ice cleats on and taking them off;
  • care about the ability to wear ice cleats indoors and while driving; and
  • finally, live or work in the city.

Best Ice Cleats for ultimate traction on ice, snow, deep snow, and black ice.Winter Walking HIGH-PRO Ice Cleats Give Seniors the Best Traction and Safety on the Ice

Buy Winter Walking HIGH-PRO
Ice Cleats JD6625
$39.95 /pr.

Best Ice Cleats for Ultimate TractionWinter Walking EASY SPIKE are Great for Seniors Who Use Ice Cleats Less Frequently

Buy Winter Walking EASY SPIKE
Ice Cleats JD350
$18.00 /pr.
The reason I recommend EASY SPIKE for less users is because of the studs are made from carbon steel instead of tungsten carbide. The reason they use carbon steel instead of tungsten carbide is to keep the cost low.

Common Features of Ice Cleats I Recommend for Seniors Ice Cleats Common Features Crucial to Elderly People

All top recommended ice cleats, including LOW-PRO and HIGH-PRO, have

  • 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. Note: EASY SPIKES uses Carbon Steel studs.
  • 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. Not: EASY SPIKES do not have a true Heel Spike although the studs are positioned close to the base of the heel.
  • 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. Note: EASY SPIKE has one large pull tab.
  • 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.

Why Falling on Ice is Serious for Senior CitizensWhy Falls on Ice are So Serious for Senior Citizens

According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society:
  • Falling is the leading cause of accidental death and a sixth leading cause of deaths in older people > 65 in the United States.
  • Approximately 20% of falls in older people require emergency medical attention, 30% to 50% of these result in hospitalization.
  • 5% to 10% of falls in older people result in serious soft tissue damage, 3% to 5% in skeletal fracture, and 1% to 2% in hip fracture.
  • A fall precedes 90% of hip fractures and 25% to 40% of vertebral compression fractures.
  • If a person has low bone mineral density, the risk of hip fracture resulting from a fall is tripled.
  • The personal, family, and societal consequences of fractures in older people, particularly hip fracture, can be devastating. Therefore, fall prevention is an important facet of any osteoporotic fracture reduction scheme.
According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 million Americans are injured, and 17,000 people die as a result of slip and fall injuries every year. Obviously slips and falls on ice and snow is a significant reason.

Senior Citizens Quality of LifeIce Cleats Improve Seniors' Quality of Life

Ice cleats provide more freedom of movement and keep you healthier. Many seniors confine themselves to their homes during the winter months because of the fear of slipping on the ice. They miss family events, important doctor and dentist appointments, and often can't get to the drug store to pick up prescriptions.
Seniors enjoying the outdoors in winter.
Don't let winter hold you hostage in your home. Get the right ice cleats to protect you. Then go outside and enjoy yourself!

Yaktrax Ice Traction DeviceAren't Yaktrax Supposed to be Great for Seniors?

More seniors buy Yaktrax than any other Ice Cleat. Yaktrax are easy to put on and are very adaptable to most type of footwear. However, Yaktrax are only suitable for seniors under certain conditions.

You must be physically able and mentally willing to remove Yaktrax before walking on any smooth, dry, hard surface. That's because the wound steel coils are extremely slippery on those surfaces. These type of surfaces include floors found in grocery stores, drug stores, the post office, or in most retail stores.

You should not drive while wearing Yaktrax because the straps can impeded movement between control pedals.

You should not use Yaktrax if you walk on
  • steep icy sidewalks or driveways, and
  • surfaces covered with sand or loose gravel.

Don't choose Yaktrax if you regularly experience extremely cold temperatures. That's because Yaktrax coils rely on hundreds of non-aggressive edges to grip ice that become less effective in frigid temperatures when ice is denser.

Avoid using Yaktrax in the city because the coils are slippery on sewer grates, utility hole covers, in stations, and on the steps and floors on mass transit.

MSRP  $20.00
$18.00 /pr.
Yaktrax Walk on Boots

Yaktrax Walk Size Chart and Sizing Guide

Buy Yaktrax Walk
$18.00 /pr.
Colors were eliminated
in 2019.
I have a few left.
MSRP  $30.00
$28.97 /pr.
Yaktrax Pro on Boots
Buy Yaktrax Pro
$28.97 /pr.
Note: Yaktrax Pro and more durable than Yaktrax Walk. However, some seniors may have problems stretching the Pro's stronger straps over their footwear making the Yaktrax Walk a better choice.

Yaktrax Ice Traction DeviceFrequently Asked Questions

What ice cleats are the best for senior citizens?
There is no one best ice cleat for all seniors because not all elderly people are the same. The best ice cleats depend upon where you live, how you plan to use ice cleats, how often you need them, and, above all, your physical limitations. Most seniors have problems putting on and taking off their ice cleats. Therefore, I recommend Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE or Winter Walking LOW-PRO ice cleats. That's because you can wear them on most indoor floors and driving. However, if your goal is the best possible traction, and you’re not concerned about putting on ice cleats, I recommend Winter Walking HIGH-PRO ice cleats.
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.
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
Yaktrax Walk sizes run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below, you may be better off getting the next larger size, especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide, choose the bigger size.
Yaktrax Walk Size Chart
Yaktrax Walk are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's Grade School Kid's
XL* n/a n/a n/a
*XL is not available in the Yaktrax Walk. Click here to find the Yaktrax Pro.
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15 n/a
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5 n/a
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10 5 - 8.5
XS 1 - 4.5 2.5 - 6 1 - 4.5

Yaktrax Pro sizes run small. If your shoe size is at the top of a size range shown below, you may be better off getting the next larger size, especially if you plan to wear them over heavy boots or shoes. If you can't decide, choose the bigger size.
Yaktrax Pro Size Chart
Yaktrax Pro are Unisex and fit the following men's and women's shoe sizes.
Size Men's Women's
XL 14+ 15.5+
L 11.5 - 13.5 13 - 15
M 9 - 11 10.5 - 12.5
S 5 - 8.5 6.5 - 10


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 and 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.

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