Last week I got Sole Spikes from Goat Head Gear and did my initial review here. After a week or so, I like to do an interim post, just to show how things are going.
Since I installed the SoleSpikes last Sunday, I have worn those running shoes 2-3 times a day, walking the dog in some pretty nasty and icy conditions, but hadn’t used them for running until today.
Sole Spikes vs Sheet Metal Screws
During my initial review post, I stated that I was going to keep SoleSpikes in one shoe and put sheet metal screws on the other shoe to compare the two options, last Wednesday I was finally able to do that. TheWife said that she wanted me to do her old running shoes as well. She was impressed by how I was able to go places that she couldn’t go nearly as easily in her YakTrax.
Here is what I found out while installing them.
|Cost $3.99 at local hardware store
The SoleSpikes are just a bit shorter than the sheet metal screws and this proved to be important when TheWife put on her shoes. One of the front sheet metal screw had popped through and tried to tickle her toes, while the SoleSpike shoe didn’t. The difference in length is not much, but it is enough to make a big difference.
We now each have a set of shoes with one shoe having SoleSpikes and the other Sheet metal.
Wearing the Test Shoes
We had a bit of an ice storm this week, so it has been a great week to continue testing the SoleSpike versus sheet metal screw setup. Here are some pictures of the testing grounds we have been walking on to see how the SoleSpikes/sheet metal screws do.
- Be careful of the shoes that you choose to put either SoleSpikes or Sheet Metal screws in to ensure that they do not come up through the bottom in an area where there is less sole.
- Ensure if you are going to use your these shoes for running, after you add the SoleSpikes or sheet metal screws, that they don’t bother you when you retired them or that they are not completely worn out. Otherwise those problems that those shoes were creating for you while running in them will come back and may even be magnified, because you have the metal hardware in them and the conditions you are using them in are probably pretty nasty.
- If you take the SoleSpikes or screws in and out of your shoes a few times, they will not stay as well.
- Don’t walk on hardwood/laminate floors they scratch them pretty easily.
- Remember to take off your metal equipped shoes before going into a store, they are noisy and slippery on tile.
The reality is that