AL.PI, an Italian footwear company, has introduced an original patented accessory that allows the wearer to walk on ice without needing to change shoes.

Called the OC System, the device, which the company says can be fitted to any type of sole, consists of a series of small spikes that rotate outwards on two pivots to give the wearer a surer grip on icy surfaces.

The accessory is made from a special type of PU that maintains elasticity at low temperatures. The spikes are made from nitrate and chromed steel.

AL.PI said that one major footwear manufacturer is planning to use the OC System on its products.