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Rip’s Cleats

Rip’s Cleats, an Intrinsic safety Product for Ice and Compact Snow, are easy to use rotatable ice cleats, made right in the Peace Country, BC, by seniors, retirees and work from home-families.

Rip’s Cleats™ started under the banner of Rip’s Shoe Re-Nu in 1978. Sometime during the start of the cleat business Frank, owner of Rip’s Shoe Re-Nu, had a fall on ice resulting in a head injury requiring stitches. This brought about the idea of Rip’s Cleats. Being a master cobbler, Frank developed prototypes of anti-slip devices that fit onto winter footwear. He gave these ice cleats to seniors in the community to try, with great success. In 1991 following a massive weather change resulting in a thaw-freeze cycle, two first responders came to the shoe store commenting that the roads and streets had turned into a skating rink. “You need to sell us some of those cleat things. We can’t stand up out there”. This was Frank’s first “Cleat” sale. At some point Frank provided samples of cleats to canine training units in Innisfail, AB, home of his Mother. In 2010 these same units were called to assist at the Olympic games being held in Whistler B.C.. By the end of the Olympic Games many first responder and security staff were using Rip’s Cleats. Since then Frank had developed cleat designs that would meet the needs and requirements of many industries and recreation, expanding to include three different models, in 4 sizes of cleats that are available in Bulk and Display packaging. Rip’s Cleats™ provides ice and compact snow traction featuring ‘Go Where you Go’ rotatable design, ensuring that you always have the traction needed when encountering icy surfaces but allowing you to simply rotate the cleats to the top of your footwear when entering buildings, climbing ladders or when driving a vehicle, etc..

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.