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STEM giving a 'spike' to an old sole

December 23, 2016 07:02 PM

Living in the Northeast, we're certainly familiar with snowy and icy conditions. That's where a Canadian entrepreneur steps in.

It's not often you see someone drilling the bottom of a sneaker or boot, but at KICKSPIKES in Alaska, that's how they turn normal footwear into a safer option.

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The Canadian behind KICKSPIKES saw a need.

"Click it again, spikes retract. So, there's no taking on and off traction devices, there's no bending down," noted Darrell Bachman, KICKSPIKES CEO.

The spikes aren't sharp, or particularly long, but they're enough to get a grip on the ice.

"So, we put studs in our tires so that we don't slip when we're driving. So, we put studs in our shoes so we don't slip when we're walking or running," explained Emma Bohman, Skinny Raven salesperson.

So, it's not just for hikers heading to the mountains, it can be used for people who like to jog or walk their dog.

"They want to get out. They want to be active. So, in order for them to be able to be active, they wear a variety of things, whether that's a studded shoe or they put a gripper over the top of their shoe," noted Bohman.

However, they're not cheap. The boots can run about $380. They come with a torque tool and six replacement spikes.

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