As I have mentioned in a recent post, I'm the human Bambi on ice. Find the smallest patch of ice on the ground and you can guarantee that I will find it, slip on it and usually fall on my ass. It's quite irritating and very embarrassing.
I'm the girl you see clinging to the wall or anything sturdy to keep me upright, even when most others are walking normally and not slipping. If there was an Olympic medal in most likely to slip over even in the most unlikely of circumstances, I would win gold.
This year though, it was time to regain the outdoors. I have purchased a pair of ice cleats for my shoes and have decided to do a review on them, purely for the fact that until someone told me about them last year, I wasn't aware that they even existed.
|Made of rubber, designed to attach to the front and back of your shoe|
|They are a lot sharper than I'd anticipated|
but I guess they need to be
|Spikes at the front and back of your shoe|
|Ignore the filing cabinets!|
|Once on they are barely noticeable|
I bought these from a local sports shop for £10.00 although I have seen different varieties of them online from £5.00 all the way up to £30.00.
When someone suggested me buying them, having explained what they were I have to admit that I wasn't overly optimistic. How would they work, could I balance on them, would I really be able to work without looking like an idiot..... The only way I was going to to find out was to try.
I first used them yesterday. I walked out of the bus station, encountered the snow and ice patches and decided to have a go.
Firstly, find something that you can balance against when putting them on. Although the rubber on each end was very easy to attach to my boots, I couldn't have balanced properly without using a wall to lean against. I did get a few looks I will admit as everyone else was happily walking along in their boots, but sod them, I need industrial help.
After a few metres of walking in them, not sure how to shift my balance and with no confidence that I wouldn't slip whatsoever, I began to realise that they do actually work. I'll clarify that, THEY BLOODY WORK!!!!!
There I was, after years and years of shuffling on snow, falling over and getting a million funny looks as I battled with the weather, I could walk! I even found myself purposely going for the more icy patches just to test them, and was able to walk over anything.
Anyone who is reading this and has been the same over Winters as I have, practically disabled by the weather, I urge you, buy them.