How To Make The Running Screw Shoe For Icy Conditions

EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman show you how to make a running screw shoe that will leave you as sure-footed as a mountain goat on icy surfaces

Video Transcription

Oh. Whoa, whoa. Oh, man, screw you. That's right. I said screw you running shoe, for being so damn slippery on icy surfaces. Good morning my endurance friends. Matt Mosman, Chief Endurance Officer over at EndurElite, the maker of premium supplements for endurance athletes and endurance training and supplement expert. Today I'm gonna show you a really cool running shoe hack called the screw shoe that's gonna make you about as sure-footed as a mountain goat on a slippery slope, but before I show you how to make it, a couple of things. One, why not just use yak tracks?

Yak Traks Vs. Screw Shoes

Yak tracks are great but I found when it's really icy and there's not really a lot of snow cover on the ground, they just don't work as well. I find myself kind of slipping and sliding all over the place. The second thing, this screw shoe is not my idea. I actually learned it from mountain running legend Matt Carpenter back in Colorado Springs and he learned it from somebody else. But, so, I don't really know who to credit this idea with but whoever it is, I would love to shake his hand because the screw shoe is a lifesaver if you live in a place that's, you know, really icy or wintery all winter long. And it's, you know, saved me from having a few broken hips.

How To Make The Screw Shoe For Running

All right, so, let's just get right to it. You're gonna need three things to make a screw shoe.

First and most importantly, you're gonna need a three-eighth inch sheet metal screw with a hex shape.

Now, this is important for a couple reasons. The three-eighths is gonna be enough to bite into your shoe and have it stay put without, you know, pushing all the way through and giving you a mini acupuncture every time you run. And second, with the hexagon shape, it has a little bit of a lip on it, so it bites a little bit better in the ice.

The second thing you're gonna need is a good cordless power drill with a one-fourth magnetic tip driver.

This is gonna make your job a lot easier putting the screws in the shoe. By all means, you know, use a screwdriver if you want but by the time you get two of those screws in your shoes, you're probably gonna want to poke your eye out with that screwdriver. So, highly recommended to spend the money on the quarter-inch driver with the magnetic tip to put the screws in.

And the last thing you're gonna need is a pair of running shoes.

Now, you can use old running shoes if you want. You just have dedicated towards more icy runs or like I said if you live in a place where it's pretty icy and wintery all winter long, you can just leave the screws in and take them out when the winter season is kind of over. It's not gonna damage your shoe, you know, when you take them out or anything like that. So, here's what you're gonna do. You're gonna take your drill, you're gonna take your three-eighth inch sheet metal screw, stick it in the tip. Make sure your drill is going in the right direction here. So, you do that, and I grabbed the wrong shoe. And you pick the specific spot on your shoe where you want to drill it in. Usually, I like to put it around the edges and then some in the middle. So, you just put it right here and you screw it right in and that sucker will stay put. So, you're probably gonna want to get about 40 sheet metal screws, about 20 per shoe, and again it's really up to you where you wanna place these sheet metal screws for the best traction, but when you're all done, it could look something like this. And I guarantee you, you're not gonna slip and slide on the ice with these bad boys and they're a really cool hack.

So, that is how you make the screw shoe. If you liked this video share with your friends, if you want more content like this and other educational videos on everything endurance related training, go to and until next time my endurance friends, stay fueled, stay focused, stay fast and stay stable on the ice.