Bottom of shoe with screws attached
I asked my son to make me custom “screw shoes” for Christmas. These shoes are a little like a running shoe with a built in crampon, and I wanted them to replace my Yaktrax, which had broken recently.
Tristan took my existing running shoes and added screws to the soles, like a studded snow tire on a car.
He followed directions from Matt Carpenter’s website. Since Matt
has won the Pike’s Peak marathon nine times and is the course record holder, I figured he’d be a good source of information for making screw shoes.
Screws for building a “screw shoe”
I’m using running shoes, since I plan to run on the trails here and they get very icy in winter, even at 9,000 feet.
Today temperatures reached 42º, resulting in snow melting and then freezing overnight.
As soon as we have a nice day and I’m not working, I hope to take the new screw shoes (and my dog) for a run on the Tenderfoot trail.
Attaching the screws