Introduction: Assured Foot Ice Cleat Walkers

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More Ice is coming and I have already had one too many slips and falls.

I went to the store to get some Ice cleats. I was told that summer sporting goods are now stocked and no ice cleats.

Well, I decided to make some of my own, from a Dog harness and home building materials.

This is what I want to share with you - in this instructables.

Please note these cleats are not a replacement for common sense (when in doubt don’t go out).

Caution these cleats are sharp

Step 1: Design – Items and Tools

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I wanted to make the cleats at a low cost and from available off the shelf items.

I went to the local building supply store for the material ideas.

The cleats: I first looked at electrical plates but they required drilling and bending and were costly. Then I found the mending plates. Mending plates intended use, is to help hold wood framing together.They fit the bill, under a dollar each, several sizes to choose from. They already had the serrated teeth for the grip, very sharp. They will cut your fingers.

The downward strapping: I wanted to be able to easily take off the cleats with a snap clip or buckle. The local dollar store had dog harnesses. The have nice buckle with double strapping - perfect, I first thought of the small size but selected the larger for the wider strapping.

Rubber back strap: I know that the downward straps tend to loosen up, I wanted to have a rubber cord to hold the cleats on. Also, the straps go from the top of the boot to the bottom, I wanted the rubber to keep the horizontal movement down to a minimum. Well Mini bungee cords fit the bill.

Connectors : My biggest design issue was how I was going to keep the metal plates onto the downward straps. I first thought pop rivets – nuts & bolts - screws (downward - additional cleats) – metal straps – metal staples – wire - not bad; but I wanted something else. I came up with the zip ties. Zip ties are quick and easy.


For spikes – two - 3 inch by 6 inch mending plate (they are used for connecting wood in house building).

Bungee cords – two – 10 inch mini bungee cords with steel hooks

Zip ties – eight total (four per side) – 4 inches long by 1/8 inch wide.

Strapping – two – large dog harness fits dog chest sizes - 18 inch to 24 inch. I purchased these from the local dollar store. A large is actually quite small to my dogs. Base on this sizing chart, my dogs are mutants.


Household scissors

Flat nose pliers

Side cutters

Leather gloves

Step 2: Opening Plate for Connectors and Prepare Harness for Downward Strapping

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I marked the teeth with a black marker - that I wanted to remove.

The teeth are removed; so I can thread the connector strap (zip tie) through the mending plate; without hitting the teeth.

The zip tie will connect the downward strapping to the plate. I used flat nose pliers to bend the teeth back and forth until they break off.

Basically I did this in all four corners of each plate.

The harness was designed for a dog so it had a cross strap that I did not need.

Using household scissors, I cut both loops of the the cross strap to remove.

The last picture shows the scrap or the removed pieces.

Step 3: Connecting Downward Strapping to the Plate

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I placed the downward strapping on top of the plate (teeth on opposite side).

Flipping the plate over - I then threaded the zip tie through the outer hole over the strap – back through the opposing hole.

I closed the zip tie with the locking clasp, and then pulled tight.

Once tight, I used my side cutters to trim the zip tie.

I repeated this step four times with each plate.

Step 4: Add Rubber Back Strap and Mount to Boot

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Using the existing rings on the downward straps - I connected one end of the mini bungee cord with the metal clip.

I placed the boot over the plate and brought the straps together.

I closed the straps together using the snap buckles.

There are adjustments buckles on the downward straps to tighten.

Step 5: Testing

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Once I got the ice cleats mounted - I went to that darn slippery hill by my house.

I only put one Assured Foot Ice Cleat Walker on, so I could compare it to my regular boot.

Works great, no slip or fall, it stayed on my boot.

I am very pleased with this set up.


Modern Rustic Workshop (author)2016-02-03

thanks for the info

hunter999 (author)2014-03-01

Congratulations Scott, you a finalist in the Makerlympics Contest! You are a worthy winner in my eyes :D

Fikjast Scott (author)hunter9992014-03-01

Wow, I just never know how things are going to turn out. I happy to be selected.
Thank you for your support.

hunter999 (author)Fikjast Scott2014-03-01

Haha, don't mention it. Your deserving of the prize, not to mention that you may win a medal! :-)

hunter999 (author)2014-02-17

Looks great! Well done :-)

Fikjast Scott (author)hunter9992014-02-17

Thank you, we are getting another 6 inches of snow tonight and the trails are iced over.

Thank you for viewing my instructables

hunter999 (author)Fikjast Scott2014-02-18

6 INCHES?! Wow, now thats where all my snow goes. I take it you live in the US. I live in the UK and we have barely had enough snow so it sets!

Fikjast Scott (author)hunter9992014-02-18

I live in the Mid west of US in the state of Michigan, we get a little of everything, this year the snow is higher than my knees. We are now heading into the ice, freezing rain etc.. I have to watch what I say about deep snow; when people from Northern Michigan talk about snow it is in feet not inches.

hunter999 (author)Fikjast Scott2014-02-18

Hehe! Yeah, it probably gotten to the point with all the freezing conditions and ice that its becoming annoying :-/

Hope you don't slip on ice, stay safe mate :-)

And how much feet are people in the North getting!?

Fikjast Scott (author)hunter9992014-02-18

Where my friends live, they have about 6 feet. they actually have homemade bridges going to their mail boxes, but this is only good for so long.

hunter999 (author)hunter9992014-02-18


sorry for my bad grammer.

hunter999 (author)Fikjast Scott2014-02-18

Also I voted! Good luck in the contest! :-)

Fikjast Scott (author)hunter9992014-02-18

Thank you for the kind words.

hunter999 (author)Fikjast Scott2014-02-18

No problem. :-)

brandonbob77 (author)2014-02-17


Thank you for the nice comment and viewing my instructables.

mole1 (author)2014-02-17

Simply brilliant! How did you get the unwanted teeth off?

Fikjast Scott (author)mole12014-02-18

I must have deleted that part out from step 2. I used the flat pliers to break them off. See step two for the picture of the pliers on the teeth.
Thanks for asking.

Treasure Tabby (author)2014-02-17

Great idea! nice! Cheep make too. The dog harness can be purchased at a dollar store over here too. Probably for a dollar or 2. :)

Thank you for viewing and making a comment.

doctormerlin (author)2014-02-17

Brilliant! Great description and photos.

Thank you for viewing my instructables.

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