Spend a couple bucks and stud your own shoes with hex-head sheet metal screws.
Running over snow and ice brings new meaning to keeping rubber to the road. If you don’t want to spend $30-$60 on specialty running cleats, spend a couple bucks and stud your own shoes with hex-head sheet metal screws. “Studs are good for just about any situation where there’s ice and snow, even as a ‘just in case,’” says James Dooley, a staffer at Skinny Raven Sports in Anchorage, which helps its customers stud their own shoes every winter. “They’re really effective when it comes to black ice.”
How to Do It
1) Purchase 20 3/8-inch hex-head sheet metal screws (size #8 or #10) for each pair of shoes. (Hex-head screws work best because they have jagged edges.) Total cost will be about $5.
2) Position screws around the perimeter of the outsole—six around the forefoot and four in the heel. Avoid areas that might poke feet upon impact with the ground. (If you’re spiking a pair of shoes with thicker foam midsoles, you can get away with putting spikes directly under your foot, but be careful. You might not feel the tip of the screw when you try them on, but you still might feel it poke through when you’re running hard downhill.)
3) Twist screws into the outsole rubber. (Pre-drilling with a 1/16 drill bit will help.)
4) Run with confidence over anything that is slippery, wet or frozen. (Note: They’re most effective on ice and small amounts of snow on roads or hard-packed trails.)