Put an IPod Nike+ Sensor in Any Running Shoe in One Minute for 5 Cents





Introduction: Put an IPod Nike+ Sensor in Any Running Shoe in One Minute for 5 Cents

Using the Nike+ system is truly awesome, but my feet don't like Nike shoes so I needed to figure out a way to put the sensor into my regular running shoes. I found some shoe pouches on Amazon, but didn't want to pay $10 for a tiny piece of neoprene that I could get myself.

Before I ran to the store to get some fabric to sew together for a DIY pouch, I decided to do a super-simple hack that has ended up being my long-term solution. This has lasted me over 250 miles so far without a problem.

All you need beyond the Nike+ kit is a knife and a safety pin. I don't really know how much a safety pin costs, but I'd guess 5 cents.

If you're not familiar with the Nike+ system, you can check it out here:

Step 1: Get the Stuff

A nice short list.

- Running shoe
- Nike+ kit
- Knife
- Safety pin

Step 2: Cut Your Tongue

Take the knife and cut a slit in the tip of the tongue on your running shoe. This only needs to be just as wide as your Nike+ sensor.

Step 3: Slide the Sensor In

The sensor goes into the tongue.

There you have it.

Step 4: Pin It Up

Take the safety pin and secure the sensor inside the tongue. You can be more serious and sew it inside, but I like to swap out different shoes for my runs so I use the pin.

Cool, that's it! If the sensor is able to slide all the way down the inside of the tongue you want to be careful to push the sensor up to the top as you lace up, but aside from that you're ready to go.

I've been using this technique for over 6 months and more than 250 miles so far and it's been pretty accurate. After calibrating the sensor at a track my records have been off by no more than 1-2% on my runs. Your results may vary.



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I found a similar way to put it in the shoe without needing to rip the tongue. I cut the small etiquette there's usually under the tongue, which seems like an empty cushion, in the upper part in order to create a little pouch. You have to push the sensor a little bit down but after that if fits perfect and doesn't get out. I'll see if it works.


Hey I was wondering how it would work with converse allstars?

Nearly bought one of those silly-looking pouches but thankfully I read this article just in time. Great tip, worked for me! Spot on! Thanks a lot!

Any problems with having a lump in the tongue of your shoe --- pressing on top of foot?

No. The sensor is in the part of the tongue that's above the laces. I never noticed it. But just try it out to see. If you don't like it you just have a tiny hole in an unused part of a shoe that's meant to get dirty.

Thanks I'll tryed it on my old... shoes

This technique worked wonderfully for me. I tried this after it kept falling out from under the laces. Thanks!

Hi there! I am starting to train in vibram five fingers too.. (the longest I've run is about 8 mi in them), and bought a nike+. I am wondering, must I put the sensor on the shoe? Can I carry it in my water belt, and have it still work?

Ahsleyrah is right. It's an accelerometer that measures your running speed by how one foot is moving so putting it on your waist should make it much less effective. Still test it out, but that's my guess.

Depending on your VFF it may be easy enough to sew a pouch for the Nike+ sensor onto one of the straps, however.