ANCHORAGE — Darrell Bachmann doesn’t wear ruby slippers, but when he clicks his heel, something magical happens.
Bachmann invented KickSpikes, a boot designed to walk on ice. Kick a button on the heel and 7mm steel cleats pop out. Kick the button again and the cleats retract, allowing the wearer to walk inside without tearing up floors.
“Traction on demand,” he says.
Bachmann’s boots are the latest option for secure footwear in Anchorage, where streets are icy up to seven months per year and falling could mean a broken wrist or worse.