I grew up in Minnesota and run throughout the winter months in college, but no one ever wore anything on their shoes for traction. Since moving to Alaska though, studded shoes and YakTraxs are the norm. I’ve tried both and definitely prefer studs in my shoes.
Last Wednesday night freezing rain was falling from the sky, so I knew I was going to need some additional traction for running the next morning. It was time to puts the studs in the shoes.
To start, I use ten 1/2 inch sheet metal screws which can be found at any hardware store. I usually end up replaced the screws two or three times throughout the winter, so it is okay if your husband buys the 100 pack.
I only do the next step because I make Craig put the studs in, and I need to make sure he puts them exactly where I want them. I mark the spot with an X to indicate where each screw should be placed. I put six studs in the forefoot (3 on each side) and four screws in the rearfoot (2 on each side).
If he has trouble getting the screw started, he will use a regular screwdriver. (This is how he put the screws in last winter before he had the electric drill.)Here’s a pretty good picture of how I space them out and their placement across the bottom of the shoe.
This is a cheap and easy way to add traction while running on ice and in the snow. I usually only fall once or twice a winter, so I’ll count that as success.