In icy Alaska, footwear options abound to stay upright
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
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.