HOW TO STOP YOUR SHOES FROM SLIPPING OFF
Picture it: there you are, striding out the door on your way to work/school/whatever, when all of a sudden your foot hits concrete, and you realise you’ve stepped right out of your shoe – whoops! Or you’re walking along in what SHOULD be comfortable shoes, but you’re having to clench your toes constantly, to stop them sliding off your heels.
Sometimes this kind of shoe slippage is caused by tights (those shoes which were perfectly secure all summer, when you wore them with bare feet, are suddenly unwearable now that you’re wearing them with tights), and sometimes it happens regardless. Whatever the cause, it can be downright irritating – and sometimes even dangerous, if you’re constantly sending shoes flying – so here are some tips to stop shoes slipping off:
○ MAKE SURE YOUR SHOES FIT CORRECTLY
Always the first point in your plan of attack, before you try any of the tips below, make sure your shoes are the right size. If they’re slipping off because they’re too large (as opposed to because you’re wearing tights, or because they’re just plain slippy), then you need to consider switching them for shoes that fit, rather than continuing to try to walk in ill-fitting footwear.
○ TRY HEEL GRIPS
If heel slippage is caused by slippery tights, or shoes which lack grip at the heel, gel heel grips can really help. Try these.
○ OR TOE PADS
If the issue is caused by too much room at the toe, padding it out will push your foot back against the heel of the shoe, and stop it slipping. Again, it’s preferable to buy shoes that aren’t too roomy than padding out ones that are, but if you’re determined to make them work, toe pads are your friends. These ones are by Party Feet.
○ USE HAIRSPRAY ON THE SOLES OF YOUR FEET
○ SECURE THE SHOES TO YOUR FEET WITH DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE
The ultimate in DIY shoe solutions.
○ AVOID FOOT LOTION
If you’re wearing your shoes with bare feet, avoid using lotion before you put the shoes on – it’ll just make your foot more slippery, and your shoes harder to keep anchored.
○ PUT TALC INSIDE YOUR SHOE
Another bare-foot tip: try a light dusting of talcum powder inside the shoe to absorb any sweat (sorry), and keep the shoe in place.
○ TRY SLIP-RESIST TIGHTS
Some tights come with special grips on the foot: these ones are from Marks & Spencer.
○ WEAR FOOTIE SOCKS OVER YOUR TIGHTS
This won’t work with all styles of shoes, but if yours have a high enough profile, and the slippage is being caused by tights, try wearing a pair of “footie” socks (the type that are designed to not be seen under your shoes) over the top: they’ll make the shoes fit a little more snugly, which should stop them slipping.