In icy Alaska, footwear op­tions abound to stay up­right

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Res­i­dents of Alaska's largest city grap­ple with icy streets up to seven months a year. For­tu­nately, there are a num­ber of footwear op­tions for stay­ing up­right.

A Canadian en­tre­pre­neur is of­fer­ing a new style: boots with a but­ton on the heel that trig­gers popout cleats on the sole. Click the but­ton again and the cleats re­tract. Dar­rell Bach­mann has opened a store in An­chor­age that sells his Kick­spike boots. Other An­chor­age stores of­fer run­ning shoes with cleats, over­shoes with cleats or cleats that strap onto reg­u­lar shoes.

The shoe buyer for An­chor­age ath­letic store Skinny Raven says Alaskans em­brace any tool that al­lows them to not only sur­vive longer win­ters, but to con­quer them. — AP

— AP pho­tos

In this Tues­day, Dec 14, 2016, photo, a run­ner jogs on a trail at Westch­ester La­goon in An­chor­age, Alaska.

In this Tues­day, Nov 11, 2016, photo, Ste­wart Val­ladolid, boot buyer at B&J Sport­ing Goods, demon­strates a boot by Kork­ers fea­tur­ing in­ter­change­able outer soles with and with­out studs in An­chor­age, Alaska.

In this Thurs­day, Nov 10, 2016 photo, a dis­play shows the bot­tom and back of boots at the Kick­Spike store in An­chor­age, Alaska.

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