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German shoe company invents retractable spike system for boots

By 02.11.13

If you live in an area with a lot of winter weather, you probably own boot spikes. The problem is, once you get inside, they tend to destroy everything they touch. So you take them off outside, go in, go back out, put them on, it’s a long, drawn-out process that’s annoying as hell.

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Meindl has decided to fix it by building retractable spikes right into the shoe.

Called the Tecvision system, the inside of the sole of Meindl’s upcoming boots contains a gearing system. Flip a switch on the heel of your boot, and the spikes pop out. You’ll have all the traction you need for crappy weather or slick patches of ice.

Once you’re safely indoors and away from ice sheets, just flip the switch again, and the spikes retract. You still have a boot sole with a lot of traction, but no carpet-destroying spikes.

There are a few trade-offs, like the fact you won’t be able to swap out the soles of your boots once they wear out. On the other hand, being able to feel like James Bond in a snowsuit is worth the money. These boots will be arriving next year.

Meindl [Official Site]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
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