Screw shoes - running on ice
Posted by sibylle in Colorado (Monday December 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm)

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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.

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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.

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Attaching the screws

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  3. Clever guy!

    I’m not a runner, and my Yaktrax have held up well for walking, but I can see why these would be preferable for running.

    Comment by Claire Walter — December 30, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

  4. I have this little blog runnergizmos.blogspot.com I sell screw shoe packs! Come visit us! Happy Running!

    Comment by runner — January 17, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

  5. Great info. BTW, I bought some thanks! they work great! And it was easy and cheap….

    Comment by Shirly — February 1, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  6. Hi Sybille, this looks like a good idea, …but don’t the screws poke through a bit into the sole of your foot when you run, if you jump for example. Eric

    Comment by Eric J — December 31, 2009 @ 8:32 am

  7. I have used these for several winters and had not problem with the screws poking me. I use them on running shoes with a fairly thick sole and use short screws.

    Comment by sibylle — December 31, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  8. This seems like a pretty great idea - I may well try it myself. Interesting post, keep ‘em coming. I’m glad the screws poking your feet isn’t an issue.

    Comment by running shoes — June 11, 2010 @ 7:46 am

  9. Screws poking feet is not an issue so long as you have a new shoe, which still has a thick sole; and make sure that the screws are shorter than the sole thickness. If you use a cheap shoe not made for running, with a thin sole, the screws could poke through.

    Comment by sibylle — June 11, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  10. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for the heads-up. The comments are helpful too.

    Comment by Gail Storey — February 28, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

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