Frequently Asked

Questions

Can I test my own boots?

All the boots 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 a boot you’d like us to test, please feel free to send us an email at info@ratemytreads.com. We’d love to hear what kind of boots you wear during the winter season.

My boot isn't on the list! Is it being tested?

We are constantly updating our list of boots being tested because we are always testing new boots! Check back frequently to see if your boot makes the list! Or feel free to email us with a boot you’d like to see tested at info@ratemytreads.com.

Can I be a participant?

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, we have a volunteer pool you can join! Please contact info@ratemytreads.com for more information.

What makes your testing method unique?

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 boots before you do!

What’s the difference between Bare Ice and Melting Ice?

Bare 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. Melted 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 boots on all types of winter conditions so that you can feel confident walking on any surface.

Do you test your boots on snow?

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.

Do companies pay to have their boots on the website?

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 boots and have them up on the website. All footwear is subjected to the same protocol and the test is not favoured towards any particular boot. They are all tested the same and ratings are based on our own scale.

Will I never slip and fall wearing the boots in the top picks list?

We don’t claim that you will never slip and fall wearing boots 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!

Do you test for durability of the outsole?

At the moment we only test brand new, unworn boots. We have not yet studied the effect of wear on boots over time but intend to do that in the future.

What does a higher MAA score mean for walking on level ground?

If a boot 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.

Are these boots available in my country?

We are based in Canada and boots that are currently on the website are available in Canada. Please check the boot’s respective website to see if it’s available in your country.

 

We are constantly testing new boots are are working hard to include boots from around the world. Check the list often to see if your boot makes the list! Or if you want to see a specific boot tested, feel free to send us an email at info@ratemytreads.com.

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