Snow Chains For Your Running Shoes

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published December 6, 2011

With the first flurries of snow set to fall (and more promised) we thought we’d show you a nifty little trick to turn an old pair of trainers into a solid set of shoes that are comfortable on both the snow and ice.

Written by: Aaron Hersh
If you need a pair of dedicated mud and ice shoes that can stand up to any conditions, this trick will turn an old pair of running shoes into your new favourite winter trainers. You’ll need a pair of running shoes, a bag of 10mm hex head screws, a marker pen and a drill or screwdriver.

Put the shoes on and run a few strides while feeling for the regions of your forefoot that take most of the pressure during a stride. Pop the shoes off and mark three spots on the sole underneath those pressure points with the marker pen. They will probably be along the ball of your foot. Make sure to centre the screws on tall knobs of rubber to prevent the screws’ tips from wiggling through the sole.

If you are using a screwdriver, poke a thumbtack into the sole to create a small hole to set then screw. Jamming a screw into hard rubber can be frustrating without a power tool, so be patient. The screws should go in easily if you’re using a drill.

Once those three screws are in place, add one more at the front of the sole and two more at the rear of the forefoot, toward the medial side of the shoe. There is no need to add any screws under the heel because running on ice naturally forces runners up onto their toes.

Your haggard old running shoes are now the perfect pair of snow, ice and mud trainers. The only side effect of installing the screws is a clanking sound when running on pavement, but they still grip the road effectively. Just be careful around hardwood floors.

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.