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In icy Alaska, footwear options abound to stay upright 2016-12-23T11:12:14Z2016-12-23T11:12:14Z

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, runners and dogs jog on a trail at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most walkers and runners use footwear that has b...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, runners and dogs jog on a trail at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most walkers and runners use footwear that has b...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, runners jog under snowy branches and a street light on a Second Avenue sidewalk in Anchorage, Alaska With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most Anchorage walkers ...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, runners jog under snowy branches and a street light on a Second Avenue sidewalk in Anchorage, Alaska With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most Anchorage walkers ...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, runners jog on a trail at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most walkers and runners use footwear that has built-in s...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, runners jog on a trail at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most walkers and runners use footwear that has built-in s...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a runner jogs on a trail at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most walkers and runners use footwear that has built-in...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a runner jogs on a trail at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. With ice present on city streets for up to seven months per year, most walkers and runners use footwear that has built-in...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Tyler Johnson, a sales associate at ShuzyQ boutique, demonstrates a boot by Pajar with hinged inserts on the bottom containing studs that can be flipped out to walk on ice in Anchorage, Alask...

(AP Photo/Dan Joling). In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Tyler Johnson, a sales associate at ShuzyQ boutique, demonstrates a boot by Pajar with hinged inserts on the bottom containing studs that can be flipped out to walk on ice in Anchorage, Alask...

By DAN JOLING
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Residents of Alaska's largest city grapple with icy streets up to seven months a year. Fortunately, there are a number of footwear options for staying upright.

A Canadian entrepreneur is offering a new style: boots with a button on the heel that triggers pop-out cleats on the sole. Click the button again and the cleats retract.

Darrell Bachmann has opened a store in Anchorage that sells his Kickspike boots.

Other Anchorage stores offer running shoes with cleats, overshoes with cleats or cleats that strap onto regular shoes.

The shoe buyer for Anchorage athletic store Skinny Raven says Alaskans embrace any tool that allows them to not only survive longer winters, but to conquer them.

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