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Give your lawn a breath of fresh air with lawn aerator sandals. Attach spikes to molded plastic base, strap onto your shoes, and take a walk on your lawn As the spikes of your lawn aerating shoes puncture the ground, they allow air, fertilizer, and water to get down to the roots. An alternative to renting expensive lawn equipment. One size, 5 1/2"x 12" long.
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Before routing straps through the base be sure to have the buckle oval up flat part down on outside of base.
This way when you feed the strap over your shoe you should be able to see the teeth on the buckle.
Feed strap through underside of the oval part, adjust then down through flat end. When lifting your feet the teeth will dig into the nylon strap. It's opposite of how we are use to buckles working. Took note of the picture on the instructions. Hope this helps!
1. Each spike is really like a nail that is held in place by a screw. (Insert a nail/spike through a hole, then secure it by threading the screw on from the other side). PROBLEM: The screws can slowly unscrew themselves as you are walking around - so apply some glue first onto the plastic base, then tighten the screw as tight as possible and let it set.
The fact that the screws could unscrew themselves leads to problem #2…
2. The plastic base, while seemingly sturdy, is actually a little flimsy under your body weight. So when the screw unscrews itself, that allows the nail/spike to wobble just enough to bend the plastic when stepping on even moderately dry firm dirt – so some of the screws will be at various angles (20 degrees, 30 degrees, etc, and not remain straight up & down.) I noticed as I was walking that my footing was becoming more wobbly – like walking on ice skates. I thought it might be the difference in soil (some places soft and mushy, other places rock hard dry dirt) but it was the nails becoming bent and angled in all sorts of various directions. An option/precautionary measure to help prevent the spikes from bending is to not allow the plastic to bend in the first place. I’m sure the soles of your shoes are soft enough not to provide such resistance, so perhaps custom-fitting very thin wood (you could get at Home Depot) onto the plastic base may work. (Similar concept to placing foam inserts into your shoe – you would be standing on the wood, which in turn is laid down on the plastic base.)
3. The straps – like the plastic base – seem like it would hold well, but after several times of lifting your foot up, the straps may come undone from the resistance of trying to pull the nails up out of the soil. I’m not sure how to improve the straps; maybe replace them with something you can tie (like some type of shoelace design?). I noticed this happened more often as I was walking in the hard dry dirt vs. the soft moist areas, so this may not be a problem with well groomed/cared-for soil.
I’ve read that walking in these things can be dangerous – prone to twisting your ankle or tearing a ligament in your knee. True, I could see how that could happen – but walking in these is not a problem if you take short steps and walk by lifting your leg up and down. Do not try to walk with normal strides as if you are wearing golfing shoes. The plastic base is hard, flat, and not designed to bend at the toes – it’s like walking in ski boots, but worse because the spikes imbedded in the ground will not allow you to do a heel-toe-heel-toe type of stride. Rather “stomp” around the yard and your stance will be sturdy enough.
One thought: are the spikes long enough to aerate the soil effectively? I don’t know – perhaps they should be a little longer? You could always try to buy longer ones if they exist at a local hardware store.
I chose to salvage the purchase and be crafty by using some bailing wire in place of the straps. No, I shouldn't have to make a product work as intended. But i'd hate to be out the money, or double that attempting to return them. The cheap straps clips were the downfall, the shoddy nuts attachment the next.
If you are desperate to get this product, search else where. That, or prepare to buy your own hardware and jury-rig something together. So, basically make your own with some of the parts they ship.
Do not waste your money, I wouldn't recommend this at all.