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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How to walk on ice

Maybe you already do this instinctually, but this technique for walking on snow is rad: Instead of walking normally, place your foot straight down; that way, you won't slip, even if the ground is slick. My only question: Which is more awkward, falling down or walking like a penguin?

(Infographic by Curtis Whaley, via Swissmiss/BB-Blog; photo by The Sartorialist)

70 comments:

Allyson said...

Less likely to be injured walking as a penguin :) even if it is a little awkward!

Nomadic D. said...

I grew up in snowy Wisconsin, so I already knew this, but of course I don't actually walk like that all the time. Just a few weeks ago I was running on some ice (smart!) and my legs flew out from under me and I slammed down on my tailbone. hit it so hard I think I jarred my brain and gave myself a minor concussion! My brain's ok by now (I think...) but I'm still feeling pretty stupid for having chosen falling over walking like a penguin.

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Shruti Kapoor said...

Thanks for the tip..i hear it's going to snow tomorrow in NYC :)

Emily Thompson said...

Who cares if you're walking like a penguin if you're looking that fabulous in Louboutins!

Chloe Moon said...

I'd walk like a penguin anyday if it means I didn't fall!! I fall ALL THE TIME!!! =P

Hopefully New York doesn't get too much snow today or I will so be using these tips! =)

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Corrie Anne said...

Haha. Super smart! I'm a Minnesotan who now resides in Denver so that's helpful!! Although it doesn't really help when my dog spots a squirrel. All bets are off! :)

AVY said...

The question is: why is it so funny when other people fall?



/Avy

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Pegah said...

Looking stupid does not cost money, but getting injured does.

Cheryl said...

This just makes me giggle....

Inari said...

I always found, if there's any left nearby, that kicking a little snow onto an icy path for traction helps a lot too.

Adonna Deibel said...

I always thought, okay, if I fall, I fall no big deal until I fell and broke my arm so badly I had to have major surgery. Stupid me...not so young anymore I guess.

CP and KW said...

ah! i always walk like a penguin in the snow/ice! it's half the fun of it.
kw ladies in navy

gia said...

Haha! Walking like a penguine is do-able.

Letti DLG said...

Ha! This is funny and useful! Thanks. MAde me smile.

Humle said...

Walking carefully is better than falling. Being from Norway, I'm used to being careful. Shoes make a big difference: I prefer shoes with rubber soles and some pattern/grooves. Us clumsy ones need all the grip we can get!

Shanti Knight said...

awesome, thank you :)

Sara said...

Funny! My Mom taught us to walk like this to avoid scuffing our Sunday shoes as kids! Her version had a little more bending of the legs, and she called it the "camel walk"!

etvoilacoralie said...

Haha! For what I know, falling down is very embarrassing, so next time I'll give a try to the penguin walk! ;)

rebecca said...

much needed advice! also, i can't stop laughing at the falling guy's face.

jm said...

Hilarious! I used to wear Moon Boots back in the day to deal with snow and ice. Now I will walk like a penguin!

des said...

ah, yes! but as i have learned this winter, being pregnant changes your center of gravity and all those loosened joints give you a real run for your money.

in dreams said...

it's so weird you posted this, since i just fell for the first time this winter yesterday! (the sidewalk wasn't salted, since the city isn't recognizing it as a sidewalk in winter, i guess...ugh.) it was super-painful + i ended up with a huge bruise mid-foot...i'm totally trying this penguin thing now!

Lara said...

I've done this (and called it "walking like a penguin") since I was a little kid! Didn't know that was the official term for it haha

Ana said...

Yes! This is so key. I just didn't realize my nickname of "walking like a penguin" was official, either. :) The first few steps while you adjust your walking rhythm are a little tricky, but it gets easier. I also will walk up into the snow on the outside edges of the sidewalk, it gives more traction than the icy middle.

rachel said...

So true! They are horribly not chic, but I sweat by my Yak-Traks for surviving in the winter. They are these funny treads you can slip onto most shoes, and they have saved my arse quite literally a multitude of times. I never used to care about slipping on the ice, but now since my toddler is usually in my arms, I'm much more careful!

Lilac In May said...

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GIULIA said...

hahaha. after falling backwards last winter, i would definitely say there is nothing more embarrassing, not even the penguin walk!

VintageDanielle said...

Such a cute graphic but very informatative. Love it!

Sandy Diaz said...

By FAR the best post I've read all day!

Megan said...

I recently moved to Buffalo, NY where (like so many places in the NE and around the Great Lakes) there is always snow and ice on the ground during the winter. I've fallen an embarassing number of times. I'll have to try this today, thank you!

If only my sweet wheaten terrier could also walk slower on the leash so as to not pull me down with him. Yesterday, he slipped on ice while he was running to play in the snow and just sat there and looked up at me, confused or embarassed, for a couple of minutes. It was quite possibly the cutest/saddest thing ever.

Colleen said...

Eight years of living in New Hampshire taught me that little secret. And even then, sometimes you fall. My advice is: take the ice carefully, and don't get too overconfident, because that is when you fall flat on your face.

thekatekeeper said...

I once slipped and slid about 4 feet on ice-covered Newbury St. in Boston. This tip would have come i handy for a California girl like me!

Meadow said...

I live in Canada and have varying luck with not wiping out haha. Sidebar: I like the way you say "rad". No one I know in real life says it. Totally makes me nostalgic for the 80s. I'm a bit younger than you but I still grew up in part of the 80s :)

Michelle Bousfield said...

This is a great tip. I'm 34 weeks pregnant and my biggest fear is to fall on ice. I rather walk like a penguin than falling down. I already walk funny anyway :)

Marci said...

I slipped on ice in college and sprained my shoulder when I landed. Given that pain and the inconvenience of having my arm in a sling, I'll be opting for the penguin walk from now on!

Marci

Sarah said...

I do that and think its pretty instinctual. Once you slip and almost fall, you figure it out!

Polly Rowan said...

wish I'd seen this four weeks ago when I slipped on ice and broke my wrist during the final few months of my design degree! eek! Thanks for the tip though. x

Ellies Wonder said...

Haha, what a funny picture! The first picture you posted though, was of a lady in heels. Interesting that you posted that, because in the past I have found that wearing heels in snow and ice is actually helpful. (At least for me.) I tend to walk more carefully in heels along with the fact that heels kind of stab the ground, which helps to stabilize you in the snow.

{ Ellies Wonder }

dobrya said...

Hahaha! I can envision the way this walk looks just from that illustration. That's terrific. However, even penguins fall down sometimes, and I would be that awkwardly falling penguin. Like this one! http://weknowmemes.com/2012/01/socially-awkward-penguin-in-real-life/

Myrna said...

Ok that is hilarious but sooo true. LOL. I'm curious as to how many women fell at NYFW ?

XX-Myrna
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Alexia Mickens said...

I love that you are wearing red bottoms in the snow!!
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Hollan said...

Agreed!

Lexie said...

After nearly six IL winters, I finally mastered this! :)

celesteandpearl.blogspot.com said...

Ahhh haha this is great, Joanna! Where do you find this stuff? Now tell me who in their right mind would really wear Louboutins in the snow?!
xx Liz {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

Brittany Kyte said...

Yesss! I love this! Walking like a penguin is way more embarrassing then falling!!

LRB said...

This is the most helpful tutorial, especially during fashion week!

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Unknown said...

:) I live in MN where all of our sidewalks are currently covered in sheets of ice, which happens when it's just above freezing during the day and super cold at night. I have to walk my little dog on the icy walks several times a day so he can do his business, and usually, we're both pro's, but when he sees a squirrel - or a random cat - danger zone!!! My advice? Lots of yoga...balance is everything!

mrsmiaredrick said...

I usually don't go out when it's snowing outside. But I guess this is a great tip! It really makes sense and I believe this is also applicable to wet floors and stuff like that. Thanks for sharing it :) Everybody would benefit from this especially this snowy season. :)

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Thanks for the tip!

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H said...

I live in moscow, russia, and let me tell you...going outside in wintertime is one hell of a challenge...especially on a sidewalk which seems more like an ice rink ;)

I guess ive mastered the penguin waddle though..since this winter ive only fallen 3 times, in comparison to last years 7 ;)

Sabaa said...

Since it only hurts your pride, not your butt, I would choose a penguin style.:D
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Laura Zizzo said...

I wish I would have had this injury-saving information two days ago, when I took a nasty fall on my way to the subway here in Toronto - making me a) late for a meeting and b) sore for a few days....penguin walking from now on....

& Pretty Things said...

haha this is great! im always impressed by girls who can walk around in stilettos on ice! but i guess there's a formula to everything :) x

& Pretty Things

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The Cyclists Wife said...

When I try to imagine how this looks I just picture people stomping down the street!

Treasure Tromp said...

brilliant!

McKenzie said...

hahaha I agree! at least when you fall people know what the reason is, otherwise they might just think you normally walk like that.. haha x

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Mariyam ABAG said...

Cute shoes and the snow just do not go (trust me - tried, tested and failed).

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Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

Haha, this is something I do instinctively, and I always look SO stupid when I do it.. but it's better than falling down xx

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