Heels are a timeless fashion staple for women. They can add a touch of elegance to any outfit and make the wearer feel more confident. However, they can also be incredibly uncomfortable. Many women have to deal with the pain of wearing heels for extended periods of time. One of the most annoying problems with heels is when they slip off your feet. This can happen for a number of reasons, including shoes that are too big, sweaty feet, or simply because the heels are too slippery. It can be extremely frustrating to have your shoes constantly slipping off, especially if you’re in the middle of a busy day. To prevent your heels from slipping, you can try a few of the following methods.
How to Keep Heels from Slipping out of Shoes
1. Wear the Correct Size Shoes (or Size Down a Half Size)
If your heels are constantly slipping out of your shoes, it may be a sign that they are too wide, too big, or don’t fit properly. Before buying a new pair of shoes, make sure you know your correct foot size. Since different brands vary in shoe sizes, try out various brands to see which one is the best fit for you (and your feet!). Keep in mind that feet usually swell later on in the day, so make sure your shoes aren’t too tight.
2. Wear Closed-Toe Shoes
Heel slippage can be caused by sweat and moisture. Wearing open-toe shoes allows air to circulate and keeps your feet dry; however, this can be a lose-lose situation because poorly fitting open-toe shoes often mean your feet will slide forward. Throughout the day, sweat, moisture, and gravity will cause your toes to stick out as there is nothing holding them in place. This will create unwanted space around your heel. I recommend close-toe shoes so that you won’t have to constantly adjust your feet to keep them from sliding around.
3. Use Heel Grips
Heel grips are crescent-shaped adhesive patches that are placed on shoes, above the heel area. They are used to prevent feet from slipping while still cushioning the heel. Heel grips make the shoe fit more snug and reduce rubbing on the achilles. They are relatively affordable but need to be replaced frequently.
4. Try Shoe Insoles
As an alternative to heel liner, you can add an insole or half insole, or ball-of-foot cushions into your shoes. They prevent heels slips by making the shoe more snug and secure. Certain liners are also double or triple duty to help absorb foot moisture and even decrease foot odor
5. Use Double-Sided Shoe Tape
If you’re looking for a quick and easy fix, double-sided tape may do the trick. Simply cut a piece of tape and stick it to the back of your heel, making sure that it covers an area large enough to provide traction. Then, put on your shoes as usual and voilà! You have successfully fixed the problem. All you have to do now is replace the tape once it starts wearing off or from being exposed to moisture.
However, double-sided tape can be extremely sticky and tear the soles of your shoes. A better alternative would be toupee tape (used to hold wigs and hair pieces in place) or fashion tape. Both alternatives help your feet stick to your heels so they don’t slide forward, but are easier to remove, gentler on your high heels and don’t leave a residue.
6. Use Shoe Fillers in the Front of your Shoes
If you’re having trouble with your feet slipping forward in your shoes, you may want to try using shoe fillers. These are padded pieces that fit snugly into the toe box of your shoes, filling up the front of the shoe so your foot doesn’t slide forward. Keep in mind that you can’t use shoe fillers with open-toe shoes.
7. Add a Removable Ankle Strap for Heels
Detachable ankle straps are a great way to keep your heels from slipping. They also make wearing shoes more secure, comfortable, and stylish!
8. Keep Your Feet Dry to Avoid Slipping
- Avoid Moisturizing feet: moisturizers with oils and even lotions can cause slippery feet, meaning that your feel will more than likely slip out of those. It will also cause friction, increase your chances of blisters
- Use Talcum Powder: if you’re prone to sweaty feet, add a sprinkle of talcum powder to the insoles of your shoes to help absorb sweat and keep moisture out
- Wear breathable shoes: if your feet are kept cool and dry with a well-ventilated shoe, this will reduce the chances of sweaty feet
9. Spray Hairspray on your feet
One way to keep your feet from slipping forward in your shoes is to use hairspray. Hairspray is sticky and will adhere to your feet and the inside of your shoes, keeping them in place. This temporary fix will last for a couple of hours, so it’s a good idea to keep a small can with you if you’re going to be out longer than that. Simply mist your feet with hairspray before putting on your shoes and allow it to dry.
When shopping for shoes, it is important to keep comfort in mind. Look for shoes that are the right size and that provide good support. Avoid shoes that rub against the back of your heel or that are too loose. If you plan on wearing the shoes for extended periods of time, make sure they are comfortable and will not cause pain. With our shoe size guide, you can find shoes that look great and feel even better!