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Running in the winter can be challenging for new runners and even experienced runners. But there are so many benefits to running year-round that make it exciting! Don't let icy or snow-packed roads slow you down this winter with these easy step-by-step instructions on how to stud your own running shoes to increase traction.

Running over snow and ice can be challenging for runners of all levels. If you don’t want to spend up to $60 on specialty running cleats or bulky Yaktrax, spend just a couple dollars or less and stud your own shoes with hex-head sheet metal screws.




What You’ll Need

Twenty 3/8” hex-head sheet metal screws (size 8 or 10)

Old pair of running shoes that are still comfortable and usable



1) Position screws around the perimeter of the outsole where the sole is thicker—six around the forefoot and four in the heel. Stay away from areas that might poke your feet when they impact the ground. If you’re spiking a pair of shoes with thicker foam midsoles, you can get away with putting spikes directly under your foot, but be careful. You might not feel the tip of the screw when you try them on, but you still might feel it poke through when you’re running hard downhill. Ouch!


2) Twist screws into the outsole rubber. You can also pre-drill the holes with a 1/16” drill bit to make it easier, but it’s not necessary.


3) Take them for a spin! Same with studded tires on your car, they’re most effective on ice and small amounts of snow on roads or hard-packed trails. Try not to use these on dry pavement regularly as it’s just as bad for the roads!


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