Have you ever come upon a product that you wish you had known about earlier? That's was my feeling when I received my Stabil-Icers Walk-brand shoe attachment designed to make walking in wintry conditions safer.
Now I'm not one to go out there posting any product or brand endorsements. But I do get excited when I find out about rubber goods that I hadn't previously been aware of. And when I came across this product from Stabil—part of the Implus Footcare L.L.C. family of offerings—I definitely wished I'd had a pair a week earlier.
The product itself is extremely simple. It's a molded rubber tread with tiny traction cleats sticking out that fits over your shoes. They work on the same premise as studded tires, giving the walker better grip in icy walking conditions.
The reason I bought the product was good old word of mouth. You see in Akron we are just coming off what was a period of historically low temperatures. The last week of January brought wind chills approaching 40 below, temperatures we hadn't had in the region in more than a decade.
To make matters worse, the night before the cold front moved through, we had temperatures of 40 above with several hours of rain. Then overnight temperatures plummeted, making the streets and sidewalks in my residential neighborhood a virtual skating rink.