Ig Nobel Winner: Using Your Socks For Traveling Safely

New Zealand, Travel News, Travel Tips — By John Curran on October 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

When researchers come to conclusions that are seemingly a bit ridiculous, it’s a good thing when you hear they take it in stride. Such is the case with one New Zealand family physician who says that wearing socks outside of shoes does benefit some walkers.

Since icy roads and sidewalks are part of life in many colder climes, the physician worked with a team to try and find simple ways to increase traction that would reduce the likelihood of falling, an issue that affects everyone but notably younger people and the elderly. They found that simply wearing socks on the outside of one’s shoes did the trick, according to the New Zealand Herald.

It also got them an Ig Nobel award, which honors those who have made a contribution in areas also eligible for Nobel Prizes, but with a much more silly bent.

“Obviously our research was lighthearted, albeit related to an underlying important public health issue – falls, so we think (winning an Ig Nobel) is fun,” lead researcher Doctor Lianne Parkin, now a university researcher, told the newspaper.

It’s the kind of quick-thinking solution that could work for many travelers who are looking for a quick fix because of bizarre weather conditions. If you’re looking for more long-term effectiveness, there are a variety of overboots and boot options with studs for really icy conditions.

[Image: Ex_magician via Flickr]

Tags: Icy Weather, Ig Nobel Awards, Interesting Sock Uses

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