In the past I've used microspikes mainly with my big, bulky mountaineering boots. The size I was using was slightly on the small size for these boots, according to the sizing chart, and the microspikes were not lasting very long. I think the short lifetime was because of this, although it could also be from using microspikes to kick steps in hard snow, which is really more what crampons or bare boots are for. So I moved up to the size that is actually supposed to be used with these boots, and they seem to work fine so far with these boots.
I more recently went for a trail run/hike in lightweight running shoes. The microspikes over the nylon mesh running shoes actually worked really well for me that day. My socks eventually got wet, but I brought spares, and it was nice not to have the big waffle-stompers on my feet. The only real problem I had was that because the prow of the shoe was small and flexible, it kept poking through the gap at the front of the microspikes, between the chains and the rubber. It wasn't too horrible, but it was somewhat annoying when going down steep downhills.
The image shows what I'm thinking of trying this weekend in order to prevent that. I took about one meter of nylon webbing and tied it through the front of the microspikes, with an offset overhand knot. (I think a waterknot would be more secure in webbing, but I wasn't able to get a waterknot snug enough.)
Has anyone experienced this problem or found any solution? Is the solution just to buy another pair of microspikes in a smaller size?