Here is what I did. First I got an old pair of shoes that still had some good tread on them. My Mizuno Wave Inspire 10’s still have a decent amount of tread on them except in the very front, which really doesn’t matter for this anyway. Then I went to my local hardware store and bought a small 20 pack of sheet metal screws. The size is a number 6 screw with a hex head and 3/8 of an inch long. The price for the 20 pack was $1.58. You could buy the screws individually for around 9 cents per screw. I decided to go with the 20 pack just in case a screw falls out I will have a few replacements. Next I took 6 screws for each shoe and with a drill screwed the small screw on the outer edges of the shoe. I did four on the heel of the shoe and two on the front mid-section. You will want to stay to the outer section of the shoe since that is where you have the most cushion. This will prevent you from running and getting the screw to go up into your foot. That is all you need to do. You not have a pair of shoes that are ready for the snow and ice. Think of the shoe as a car tire with chains. Without the chains the tire slides and has problems getting grip. Once the chains are attached the tire can roll through the ice and snow much easier. The day I made them we were blessed with another ice storm the night before, so after work I laced them up and put them to the test. I honestly didn’t feel any difference in the way I ran with them. I couldn’t tell there was anything on the shoe except for when I hit some ice or snow. As I would hit the ice patches or the snow I could feel the screw dig in. I am not going to lie and tell you it was 100 percent affective, but it was a lot better than running with nothing to grab onto the ice with. I will probably still use the treadmill on days that it is bitter cold, but if it is just snow and ice I will just lace up my newly made snow shoes and head out.
SIDE NOTE: This Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 I will be at the McCandless DICK'S Sporting Goods. We will be there to help the everyday shopper who may be looking to buy some running gear and shoes. Please if you are in the area come by and see me.