Screw Shoes

A runner's version of Clue: Brooks, with the screwdriver, in the living room. 
For my cold weather runners, this one's for you. It's that time of year, where it takes three layers just to get outside for a short run. A time where we sport sunglasses on a cloudy day just to keep that witty woman, Mother Nature, from spitting snowflakes in our eyes. I'm sure you've seen some of my fun powder runs (I wish I was referring to skiing) on Instagram. A time where our runs become a slow, cautious, trot through snow and ice just so we don't fall flat on our face or cause injury.

Until now...

It's time to screw winter shoes! 

For a whopping $3.78, it's time to show winter who's boss. Let your pace stay the same and your face remain unscathed by adding some hex screws into an old pair of kicks. 

SUPPLIES

-Old shoes: not too old because you're still going to put some miles on them.
-Hex head screws: you can get these at your local hardware store, I bought mine at Home Depot. Recommended sizes: #8 1/2" or #8 3/8". For my shoes, I went with the #8 3/8" and three 12-packs for $1.18/pack. 
-Screwdriver (or if you're lucky, an electric screwdriver) 
-Also recommended: a beer, football, or trashy TV to entertain you while you go to town (I chose trashy TV, i.e. anything on BRAVO)

The head of the screw is what gives you traction. 
A little before and after action.
By hand, it was difficult...actually impossible...for me to penetrate the thicker, black part of the sole. Using an electric screwdriver will make adding screws much easier and you'll be able to be more strategic about your placement. 

FINISHED PRODUCT

Now these puppies are mountain ready. 

Well, there you have it.
Screw shoes in a nutshell.
Sure beats spending $40, on a pair of YakTrax.

For a more in depth tutorial on screw shoes, here is a great post by Matt Carpenter.

ARE YOU A COLD WEATHER RUNNER? 

DO YOU USE SCREW SHOES OR YAKTRAX? REVIEWS/THOUGHTS ON EITHER?

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