All the footwear we use for testing are brand new and have not been worn so we won’t be able to test the exact pair you own. However, if you have footwear you’d like us to test, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear what kind of footwear you wear during the winter season.
We are the only human-oriented slip resistance testing method in the world that has real people walking on a floor made entirely of ice. Our scientists have developed this test so that it better relates to real people walking and therefore more relatable to you, the general consumer. We wear and test the footwear before you do!
Cold Ice is just the ice as we know it, frozen water. The entire floor of the WinterLab is a big frozen ice block that is dry to the touch; like an ice rink. Wet Ice on the other hand has a very thin layer of water on top and when you touch it, your finger will get wet. We test on both of these surfaces because we feel it is important to test footwear on all types of winter conditions so that you can feel confident walking on any surface.
Right now we do not test on snow covered surfaces. However, in future years, we hope to include snow as one of the surfaces we test on.
We are an independent research facility located in Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, which is part of the University Health Network and we don’t receive any payments from any companies to rate the footwear and have them up on the website. All footwear is subjected to the same protocol and the test is not favoured towards any particular footwear. They are all tested the same and ratings are based on our own scale.
We don’t claim that you will never slip and fall wearing footwear that are highly rated on the website, only that your risk for falling and slipping is greatly reduced. Proper precautions should still be taken when walking on icy and slippery surfaces. Click here for some safety tips to follow when walking in winter conditions!
At the moment we only test brand new, unworn footwear. We have not yet studied the effect of wear on footwear over time but intend to do that in the future.
If footwear has a high score on the website then it reached a high angle on our MAA test. Being able to walk up and down higher angles also means walking on level ground is safer.
We are constantly testing new footwear and are working hard to include footwear from around the world. Check the list often to see if your footwear makes the list! Or if you want to see specific footwear tested, feel free to send us an email at email@example.com.