The snow, ice, and cold weather have kept me indoors for a few weeks, so I started looking online for boots that would make walking safer. I have had a couple of bad falls, so I have become nervous about walking on sidewalks, especially since not everyone clears away the snow from in front of their property.
In the past I have tried using cleats in stretchy rubber shoe covers. They are less than ideal because they don’t always stay on. In addition, they make an annoying sound when they hit the pavement; if you can imagine me tap dancing, that’s what it sounds like. As a consequence, I have been reluctant to use them again.
Recently, though, I found something new. Well, new to me, anyway. These boots have cleats embedded in the treads of the soles and heels, and those cleats can be flipped over to form a regular smooth surface when the cleats are not needed. Amazing!
At first I hesitated to order them because they aren’t cheap, but then I weighed that against the frustration of staying indoors and decided it was worth the expense. Those boots arrived this week, and I am delighted with them!
Firstly, they are a good fit and are nice and warm. Secondly, and most important, the cleats are easy to use and flip over with the gadget provided. Even if I don’t have the gadget handy, I can turn the cleats using my fingernails with no trouble.
I took an hour-long walk in the neighbourhood and was pleased to find that the cleats don’t make an annoying noise. I can hear them, but they are not so loud as the cleats of the type that are on rubber shoe covers. They kept me upright walking on bare sidewalk, snow-covered sidewalk, packed ice in uncleared areas, and slush at intersections.
All-in-all, I have to say I can heartily recommend them. If you are interested, they are made by Olang and I ordered them online through one of their Canadian stores.
Having new boots reminded me of the album by Ian Dury and the Blockheads called New Boots and Panties!! (1977). Ian Dury used to buy all of his clothing secondhand except for footwear and underwear, hence the name of the record. Here is one track called Clevor Trever (sic).