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  • Caveats About Driving Wearing Ice Cleats
  • Recommended Ice Cleats for Driving
  • Factors to Consider
  • Shopping Considerations
Winter Walking Ice Cleats You Can Wear While Driving
  • It's the manufacturer's opinion that the ice cleats appearing on this page are safe to wear while driving.
  • I have worn the High-Pro and Low-Pro Ice Cleats and experienced no problems.
  • Determining whether ice cleats are safe to wear while driving is a personal decision.
    • Adding anything to your footwear could be considered an additional hazard. It's you responsibility to assess the risk of wearing ice cleats driving your particular car or truck.
    • Many companies restrict divers to using strap-on heel cleats only.
    • The studs themselves, especially the 2mm studs, will cause some additional wear on the peddles.
    • I believe 2mm studs could penetrate peddles with softer rubber coverings although I haven't experienced this myself.
  • Employees must get approval from their Safety Manager to wear ice cleats while driving.
  • High-Pro Ice Cleats
    Grip-X Ice Cleats

    For All Non-Off Road and Non-City Use and for People Physically Able to Put Them On and Off Going In and Out of Doors.
  • Low-Pro Ice Cleats
    For Use in Cities, Delivery Drivers, Anyone Constantly Going In and Out of Doors and For People Who Can't Easily Put Them On and Take Off
  • Heel Grips
    Heel Only Ice Cleats
  • Grips-Lite
    Non-Conductive / Non-Sparking Ice Grippers
  • Common Features and Benefits
  • Ice Cleats Feature Comparison
Buy High-Pro Ice Cleats
JD6625
35.47 /pr.
Size:
Quantity:

Sizing Help

  1. Obviously you can go by the shoe sizes. But the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary greatly for the same foot size. So option 2 below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of the shoe or boot you want to put the ice cleat on. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that includes the length of your footwear.

Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Work Shoes)
Men'sWomen'sFootwear
Length Range
in Inches*
Size
JD6625-XXL
13½+---13¾" - 14¼"XXL
JD6625-XL
11½ - 13---13" < 13¾"XL
JD6625-L
9½ - 1112+12½" < 13"L
JD6625-M
7 - 99 - 1111½" < 12½"M
JD6625-S
5 - 6½7 - 8½10¾" < 11½"S
* Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the toe to the base of the heel.

Do I Need Ankle Straps?

Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots and most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. But if you walk through deep snow (especially wet snow) or mud you should consider the Ankle Strap.
The Ankle Strap also reduces the risk that you would somehow otherwise lose one. Winter Walking Ice Cleats are very comfortable. You may not notice if one is missing until you've traveled some distance or worse yet slip and fall.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit
JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
*Not included in Volume Discount
  • 26 aggressive, well-distributed, durable 2mm tungsten carbide studs give your unparalleled grip on:
    • ice; and
    • black ice.
  • Aggressive, self-cleaning treads provide traction in:
    • deep snow;
    • slush; and
    • help ensure studs stay in contact with icy surfaces.
  • Spikes at front of footwear and Heel Spikes allow you to walk naturally... there are no special skills to learn.
  • Wide straps and several exclusive patented features keep High-Pros securely on your footwear and properly aligned.
  • Fit most of your shoes and boots;
  • Patented Dual Pull Tabs and Dual Density Construction and proprietary strap material make them easy to put on and take off even at extremely low temperatures.
  • Exclusive patented dual material construction provides unmatched durability and reliability.
Consider Grip-X Replaceable Spike Ice Cleats if you walk on a lot of non-ice or snow covered surfaces that wear down studs more quickly...
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Buy Low-Pro Ice Cleats
JD6610
35.47 /pr.
Size:
Quantity:

Sizing Help

  1. Obviously you can go by the shoe sizes. But the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary greatly for the same foot size. So option 2 below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of the shoe or boot you want to put the ice cleat on. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that includes the length of your footwear.

Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Work Shoes)
Men'sWomen'sFootwear
Length Range
in Inches*
Size
JD6610-XXL
13½+---13¾" - 14¼"XXL
JD6610-XL
11½ - 13---13" < 13¾"XL
JD6610-L
9½ - 1112+12½" < 13"L
JD6610-M
7 - 99 - 1111½" < 12½"M
JD6610-S
5 - 6½7 - 8½10¾" < 11½"S
* Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the toe to the base of the heel.

Do I Need Ankle Straps?

Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots and most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. But if you walk through deep snow (especially wet snow) or mud you should consider the Ankle Strap.
The Ankle Strap also reduces the risk that you would somehow otherwise lose one. Winter Walking Ice Cleats are very comfortable. You may not notice if one is missing until you've traveled some distance or worse yet slip and fall.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit
JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
*Not included in Volume Discount
  • Low-Pro heavy duty, industrial grade ice cleats for boots and shoes.
  • Give you excellent traction in all wintry conditions including:
    • ice;
    • packed snow;
    • deep snow;
    • slush; and
    • black ice.
  • They're safe to wear indoors on most commercial surfaces.
  • Safe to wear while you're driving.
  • Patented Heel Spike keeps you safer and allows you to walk naturally.
  • Easily stretch over most of your footwear.
  • Easy to put on and remove.
  • Ideal for:
    • Delivery Drivers;
    • Use in Cities;
    • the Seniors;
    • the Blind; and
    • People with Disabilities.
Buy Heel Grips
JD250
27.97 /pr.
Size


Quantity:

Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Workshoes)
Men's Women's Sizes
JD250-XXL
15+---XXL
JD250-XL
12 - 14½---XL
JD250-L
9½ - 11½11½+L
JD250-M
7 - 99 - 11M
JD250-S
4 - 6½6 - 8½S
Buy Heel Grips Strap Extender
JD255*
Fits All Sizes
$5.00 /pr.
Quantity:
Buy Heel Grips Replacement Straps
JD256
Fits All Sizes
5.00
Quantity:
*Not included in Volume Discount
Heel Grips heel cleats...
  • reduce slips and falls on ice, snow, packed snow and black ice; and
  • are low cost, compact, lightweight and fit all types of shoes and boots.
Use strap-on heel cleats when full size ice cleats are not an option. This would include situations whereby limiting the cleats to the heel section of shoes or boots...
  • insures compliance with company safety directives prohibiting wearing anything on footwear that might somehow inhibit operating foot controls while driving;
  • fully exposes the defined heel on shoes and boots to make climbing ladders safer; and
  • reduces the risk of slipping off foot rests while operating snowmobiles and ATVs or pedals while biking on snow and ice.
Buy Grips-Lite Gritted Ice Cleats
JD3612
45.97 /pr.
Size:


Quantity:

Sizing Help

  1. Obviously you can go by the shoe sizes. But the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary greatly for the same foot size. So option 2 below is a better way to select the correct size.
    (OR)
  2. Measure the length of the shoe or boot you want to put the ice cleat on. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that includes the length of your footwear.

Sizing Chart

Fits Shoe Sizes
(Based on Work Shoes)
Men'sWomen'sFootwear
Length Range
in Inches*
Size
JD3612-XXL
14+---14½" - 15½"XXL
JD3612-XL
12 - 13½---14" < 14½"XL
JD3612-L
10 - 11½12+13¼" < 14"L
JD3612-M
8 - 9½10 - 11½12½" < 13¼"M
JD3612-S
5 - 7½7 -9½10¾" < 12½"S
JD3612-XS
---4½ -6½10" < 10¾"XS
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the toe to the base of the heel.

Do I Need Ankle Straps?

Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots and most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. But if you walk through deep snow (especially wet snow) or mud you should consider the Ankle Strap.
The Ankle Strap also reduces the risk that you would somehow otherwise lose one. Winter Walking Ice Cleats are very comfortable. You may not notice if one is missing until you've traveled some distance or worse yet slip and fall.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit
JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
Quantity
*Not included in Volume Discount
Grips-Lite are the best gritted shoe attachments because they are...
  • non-sparking;
  • non-conductive;
  • safe to wear indoors;
  • safe to wear while driving;
  • the longest-lasting gritted shoe attachments because they use patented self-renewing aluminum oxide bands; and
  • versatile improving traction on oil, grease, ice, snow, slush, wet floors and more.
All recommended studded ice cleats...
  • Keep you safer no matter what the wintry mix or how cold the ice. This is even more important because it seems like extremes in weather are becoming the rule rather than the exception.
  • Stay securely on your shoes and boots because they have advanced, patented features that keep them in place but are still easy to put on and take off.
  • They're all durable because they have heavy-duty, tough, chemical resistant straps and tungsten carbide studs... the hardest and most durable studs available.
  • The stud design maintains its sharpness and effectiveness throughout the life of the stud unlike stud designs that literally become less effective with each use.
  • They're affordable because although they may initially cost twice as much as the cheaper brands they keep you several times safer and last several times longer. Continuing thinking about the financial cost, have you actually visited and emergency room lately? It's not like the old days when you showed your insurance card and that was it. The deductibles and copays are out of sight. But more importantly, this not something you want to skimp on. Falling on the ice is very serious business. Many of my customers look for ice cleats after the serious, life-changing injuries have occurred. They'll be the first to tell you that paying a little more for ice cleats that have the best chance of preventing injuries from falling on the ice is the best investment you'll ever make.
  • What kind of walking? Are you...
  • Where are you walking? Are you...
  • How far do you walk?
  • How often do you use them?
  • What's the weather like in you part of the country?
  • Physical Limitations
  • Simply walking to the mailbox or from your car to the grocery store?
  • Walking to stay fit?
  • Walking on sidewalks?
  • Non-paved walking trails?
  • Off-road?
  • In the city?
  • Walking on steep hills?
The further you walk the more durability becomes a factor.
  • Do you use them just occasionally?
  • Do you use them every day?
  • Do you get a lot of snow and ice?
  • Is it regular snow or wet snow?
  • Does it "hang around" or quickly melt.
  • How cold does it get? This is important because very cold ice is much denser and spikeless ice traction devices with steel coils and gritted ice cleats become less or totally ineffective.
Almost all ice cleats need to be removed before going indoors. That's because they will either damage floors or, in the case of spikeless ice cleats, they are extremely slippery on smooth dry floors. If you are unable to do this you need to consider ice cleats with Transitional Traction which include Low-Pro or AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile ice cleats.
  • More Studs are Better
  • Look for a Heel Spike
  • 2mm Spikes Tungsten Carbide Spikes
  • Aggressive, Self-Cleaning Treads
  • Stay Firmly on Your Boots and Don't Slide Out of Position
  • DO NOT BASE YOUR DECISION ON PRICE ALONE
  • Beware of Customer Reviews
  • When is the Best Time to Buy?
  • Deciding not to buy ice cleats because you don't often get ice and snow...
Generally more studs on the ice cleats the better especially when they're intelligently placed over the entire bottom of the ice cleat. That's because you obviously have a better chance of the studs coming in contact with the ice especially when the ice is uneven. Once you lose traction it's tough to get it back.

It is possible to have too many studs. When this occurs you get the "bed of nails effect" whereby your weight is distributed over so many points of contact that the studs don't penetrate the ice. This is particularly true on very cold ice that is far more dense.
High Pro Ice Cleats Heel SpikeThe ice cleats I recommend have a patented heel spike. Think about how you naturally take a step and what hits the ground first. It's your heel, right? Well if there's no spike there at the base of your heel you're likely to have your leg slide right out in front and from under you and you'll go down. Ice cleats without heel spikes force you to walk more flat-footed. That's not natural so you can forget to do it especially if you have to move in a hurry. You'll only find heel spike(s) on Winter Walking ice cleats.
The longer the stud the better up to a maximum of 2mm for ice cleats designed for walking. Once they get longer than 2mm the studs themselves become a tripping hazard. The longer spike is especially important when there's a thin layer of snow on top of the ice that could prevent the stud from making contact with the ice.

The exception is when people are unable, or it's impractical, to remove ice cleats before going indoors. Then 1mm studs on the Low-Pro and AltraGrips-Lite Low Profile Ice Cleats are the best compromise.
Your ice cleats should have an aggressive tread that's good for traction on deeper snow and. The tread should be designed to help expel snow and slush that can come between the bottom of your boot and the ice to help those studs to maintain contact with the ice. This is a major problem with spikeless ice cleats with coils.
You want them to stay on your boots so you don't walk out of your ice cleats in deeper snow. And you want them to not slip out of position so the spikes remain in place.
Basing your choice of ice cleats on price alone automatically qualifies you for a Darwin Award. If you don't know what that is you might want to look it up. The difference between the ice cleat that provides the best possible protection from a fall and a total piece of junk is less than $20 and most often less than $10. We're talking about reducing the risk of a life-altering injury... a broken hip, arm or leg, concussion, fractured skull or even death. We're trying to prevent an injury that can prevent you from working and taking care of yourself and your family. This is no time to be shopping in the bargain basement.
  • Most customer reviews regarding ice cleats are written by people who in no way considered the questions I posed in the section above. And it's not the customer's fault because the people who sold them the ice cleats often don't have a clue or make no attempt to tell them about them.
  • The perceived performance of ice cleats is relative. Many positive reviews for mediocre and sometimes even terrible ice cleats result from the customer's first experience with first ice cleats. That's because almost any ice cleat... no matter how terrible... is still a lot better than the traction provided by any rubber or leather soled shoe or boot alone.
  • Some of the worst reviews result from purchasing ice cleats for purposes for which they were not designed. For example, taking light duty ice cleats on a mountain trail and then complaining how they broke in 15 minutes.
The best time to buy ice cleats is when there's no... and no chance of... ice or snow on the ground. The absolute worst time to buy ice cleats is when there is ice and snow on the ground because you'll settle for just about anything you can get on your feet to stop you from slipping and getting injured.

You risk life and limb and head out to the sporting goods or hardware store... if you can even get there... to purchase anything they might happen to have. Often they're sold out.

It's just common sense. You don't buy house insurance when your house is already on fire... it's too late. It's the same thing buying ice cleats except the risk is greater because it's to your personal well-being whereby the house is simply property.
You only have to slip and fall one time to suffer a life-altering injury or even death. And you can't always simply make the decision not to go out because you may already be out when you're surprised by slippery conditions. It's a fantastic, smart investment in something you hope you never have to use... like health insurance.
  • Common Features and Benefits
  • For All Non-Off Road and Non-City Use and Physically Able to Put Them On and Off.
  • For Use in Cities or For People Who Can't Easily Put Them On and Off
  • Ice Cleats Feature Comparison
All recommended ice cleats...
  • Keep you safer no matter what the wintry mix or how cold the ice. This is even more important because it seems like extremes in weather are becoming the rule rather than the exception.
  • Stay securely on your shoes and boots because they have advanced, patented features that keep them in place but are still easy to put on and take off.
  • They're all durable because they have heavy-duty, tough, chemical resistant straps and tungsten carbide studs... the hardest and most durable studs available.
  • The stud design maintains its sharpness and effectiveness throughout the life of the stud unlike stud designs that literally become less effective with each use.
  • They're affordable because although they may initially cost twice as much as the cheaper brands they keep you several times safer and last several times longer. Continuing thinking about the financial cost, have you actually visited and emergency room lately? It's not like the old days when you showed your insurance card and that was it. The deductibles and copays are out of sight. But more importantly, this not something you want to skimp on. Falling on the ice is very serious business. Many of my customers look for ice cleats after the serious, life-changing injuries have occurred. They'll be the first to tell you that paying a little more for ice cleats that have the best chance of preventing injuries from falling on the ice is the best investment you'll ever make.