Submitted by Deanna Stoppler, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

Getting an edge on traction is simple with EasyCare Quick Studs. I use quick studs for a variety of EasyCare products and other hand crafted therapeutic devices and have even seen them used to provide traction in hiking boots! Most recent traction applications included the EasyShoe Sport, EasyShoe Performance, Easyboot Cloud, and hand crafted clogs. 

To apply the studs it helps to drill a pilot hole first then set the sharp edge of the stud in the hole before slowly drilling it into place.  

When purchasing a package of quick studs be sure to buy the applicator tool—it’s like a drill bit that clicks into the quick stud and drives it into the shoe.  If your drill has settings, it is helpful to set it to a slower speed to drill the stud into place or push lightly on the trigger so your drill goes slower than usual.  Trying to drive the stud in too quickly results in airborne product.

Make sure not to set your studs too deep in the product.  If the stud is driven too far into the shoe it is ineffective; the tip of the stud needs to be raised above the product so it makes contact with the ground.

When applying the studs try to keep them level as they enter the product.  Studs that are not level won’t provide adequate traction.

Determining how many quick studs to use depends on ground conditions and shoe size.  Earlier in the season, before the snow flies and ice becomes a concern, I use less quick studs, and smaller shoes require fewer studs. 

Also, the type of shoe will determine how many studs can be applied, with the EasyShoe Compete I tend to use only two studs on the heels but with the EasyShoe Performance I will likely use four to six studs.  Two in the heels and two in the toe region and if using six studs, two more placed at the widest part of the foot. 

Get creative with your devices and give the quick studs a try.  They are versatile, easy to use, and cost effective.