While we don’t recommend that anyone walk around on icy surfaces, we are thrilled to learn about a product that can make that walk a little less treacherous. We already know that one out of three adults 65 and older falls each year and that those falls lead to a high rate of Traumatic Brain Injuries, fractures, and increase the risk of early death. The good folks at Spiky have a unique product that can easily be billed as fall prevention.
Spiky works like a studded snow tire for your feet with a lightweight rubber pullover for your shoes. They can be worn on both icy surfaces and concrete without wearing down the steel spikes. They can also be worn indoors, however we wouldn’t recommend wearing them on nice wood floors or other hard surfaces, unless you are going for the “distressed” look for your floors. These would be ideal for anyone who lives in an area that has snowy, icy winters. In fact, I’m going to send a set of these to my grandmother who insists on getting her mail everyday, despite the conditions outside.
Spiky offers two products- The first is a Spiky Sling which has spikes in the front (toe area) of the rubber sling only. The second Spiky product is the Spiky Plus which offers an extra set of spikes in the heel area of the sling. Both can be worn with all types of shoes from work boots to high heels. The Sling retails for $24.95 and the Plus for $29.95. If you plan on buying 5 or more, the price per Spiky decreases.
We had the opportunity to have a face-to-face with the Spiky Plus. The rubber feels strong and durable, although might be a challenge for older hands to get on a shoe. The steel spikes are inset in a way that does not pose a danger to small children or fragile older skin since they are not cut to a point. Once on a shoe, they are lightweight and can even be worn while driving. The Spiky is compact and can easily be stored in a purse or coat pocket. Since we don’t have any snow or ice in our neck of the woods right now, we aren’t able to comment on their effectiveness in the elements, but will provide an update to this review once we have a chance to get to the mountain. For additional information about Spiky products or to place an order, visit their website at www.spiky.com.