To all of you property owners out there: either (a) learn how to clear a sidewalk properly or (b) hire a competent snow removal service. Salt is not a magical ice-removing substance; it requires certain temperature ranges to work, and you need to actually, you know, spread it.
On top of that, shoveling the snow off of an underlayer of ice actually makes things worse for the average pedestrian. You might have to ::shock, horror:: actually exert some physical effort and clear the sidewalk with an ice scraper!
At any rate, I am glad I own my [Keen Boots of Lesser Hiking], in the Shadow color (their dumb website requires Flash). Oh yes, that was a multi-dimensional Wow and D&D pun. You know you love it.
Incidentally, one of my chores when we lived in Minnesota was scraping ice off of the driveway, so it’s not like I’m sitting up on a throne demanding things to be done “properly”, without any experience.