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We tip till you slip – See how we test!
Winter is recreated here at The KITE Research Institute – See our facilities!

Walking in the winter can be dangerous. More people fall during the winter than any other season. We can help – choose the right footwear.

At The KITE Research Institute, we’ve developed an innovative solution to testing winter footwear for their slip resistance in different winter conditions. Our test is unique in the world –  It has real people walking back and forth on a floor made entirely of ice. From our human-oriented test, we can get realistic and consistent slip results that are important to the general consumer. We are always updating our list of footwear tested, check back often to see if your footwear is on the list!

Our aim is to prevent slips and to keep you safe on the streets.

We thank the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for their support and funding of research projects contributing to the advancement of winter footwear technology to benefit the safety of outdoor workers and the public. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Province or of NIDILRR.


67% of the boots we’ve tested did not make it.

In 2019, 65% passed on both wet and cold ice to receive a snowflake rating, and an additional 30% received a wet or cold ice recommendation. Note that in 2018 only 15% of the footwear tested received a wet or cold ice recommendation!

Is your footwear on the list?

Come Chill In Our


We have an entire room dedicated to testing winter footwear. Our WinterLab is air and temperature controlled which makes it stay cold all year-round.

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We have real people wear and walk in the footwear for our test. Only from our Maximum Achievable Angle test do we get meaningful results that are representative of real people walking.

Can I be a participant? Or want to come for a tour of the WinterLab?

All these questions (and more) can be answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.