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Snow Fashion Footwear: Be Sure To Grab The Ground!

Combat Ice With Something That Gives You Hiker's Chance
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The experts say traction is the key to making the smart purchase when it comes to handling icy conditions. (Photo/ CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — With hundreds and hundreds of boots to choose from, what’s best for that dangerously slippery ice that’s headed our way? The experts say it’s all about an aggressive bottom.

“As long as it can penetrate it, that’s the key,” “Harry’s” shoe store owner Robert Goldberg told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey on Tuesday.

So you have to forget about anything that looks high fashion. Avoid high heels and narrow soles or even something that looks as warm and fuzzy as an Apres ski boot because it’s all about the sole — and its ability to grab the ground.

“More for powder than slick hard ice,” Goldberg said.

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And while Uggs are still super-popular, it’s the lace-up variety that is best for ice.

“It’s got an aggressive treaded outsole with a flat base,” Goldberg said.

You can forget about any kind of wedge, even though some Hunters are waterproof.

“The more you raise up the heel, some find you’re not stable because you’re not close to the ground,” Goldberg said.

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The best bet for traction and warmth is a Sorel.

“The tread on the bottom is wider than the actual foot so it gives you a greater footprint when you step down,” Goldberg said.

But the most sure-bet secret weapon ice-gripper may be found at Eastern Mountain Sports.

If you’re really worried about ice, you can always try the Yaktrack. Traction footwear just slips on and is said to be very good on the ice.

If there’s snow on the ground, too, the Microspikes by Kahloola may be just the thing.

“They lock into the ice. They will work into the ice and keep you stable,” EMS assistant manager Gerry Weiss told Hickey.

So whatever you choose it’ll be great to splash into a puddle with confidence.

“I feel warm and fuzzy,” one shopper said.

Got an opinion on the best snow footwear for the conditions? Let us know in the comments section below.

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