Gliding shoes , sometimes also referred to as snow gliders , are winter sports equipment for sliding movement on thin or solidified snow as well as on ice surfaces . They either have a smooth running surface, similar to skis , and are used in this form primarily on snow, or are equipped as so-called double- skid gliders with two narrow skids arranged in parallel and are then primarily intended for use on ice. Sliding shoes are made of steel and are attached to commercially available shoes with straps or similar devices . In both variants, their length is roughly the same as the size of the shoe, and the width of around five to seven centimeters is roughly that of a cross-country ski .
Gliding shoes are usually much cheaper than skis or ice skates and, due to their small size, are easy to transport. They are mainly used by children and adolescents and practically exclusively in recreational sports. Moving around on sliding shoes is comparatively easy to learn and, due to the moderate speeds, relatively harmless. The sequence of movements is similar to running on ice skates or roller skates or the skating style of skiing. Ski poles can also be used on snow for support and for walking similar to classic skiing style .
The cold-elastic spring steel used in sliding shoes is only produced by a few steelworks in the world today.
Recently a new glide shoe has been developed by two Czechs under the name "Snowfeet" and has come onto the market.
- Why aren't sliding shoes available in larger shoe sizes? HUDORA - Service Center, 2014, accessed in 2018 .