Easy No-Slip Heel Mod

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Introduction: Easy No-Slip Heel Mod

About: Former Instructables employee. Living in San Francisco amidst the fog. I love getting my hands dirty by taking on new projects, developing unique skills and learning fun facts.

I love getting new heels, but sometimes the insole is just a bit too slippery. Especially if you're wearing stockings or pantyhose.

With this quick mod, you can make your favorite heels a bit more stable in 10 minutes using only some scrap fabric and spray adhesive. So quit worrying and start walking tall.

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Step 1: Measure and Make Initial Cuts

You will need some scraps of strong fabric that are at least the size of your feet. Don't go for anything silky or thin, as that will probably not make much of a change.  And don't go for a thicker fabric like felt, as that will alter the fit of the shoe. Pull a Goldilocks, and find a fabric that's just right.

This yellow fabric I found was about the thickness of tee-shirt cotton, but with a bit more texture. 

Using some chalk, a pencil, or a pen (if you don't care about the marks), roughly trace the outline of your foot.  Cut out.

Step 2: Measure and Cut Again

Now place your cut fabric into your heel. You should get a good sense of where it needs to be trimmed some more. Using a pen or pencil, trace these lines.

Cut again.

Step 3: Adhere

Grab your spray adhesive, and head outside. This stuff is pretty toxic, so be sure to have ample ventilation wherever you're spraying.

Starting at the heel, spray the top half of your new insole. Place in, making sure the heels line up, and give some time to dry. After a minute, spray the bottom half of your insole and place where you want it in your shoe. I used a coffee stirrer to really make sure the toes were securely in. Let dry for at least an hour.


**note: sometimes the spray adhesive can get on your shoe. If you're worried about your expensive kicks, take a second to cover the outside of your shoes before spraying. If you're like me and didn't notice the damage until after the fact , simply take some oil on a paper towel and rub on the sticky areas. It should come off pretty easily. Oily substances are great for this.

Step 4: Try On

After your shoes have dried, try them on. Your feet should stay securely in place! They're no Teva heels, but your newly-modded stilettos can now definitely handle gravel, steep hills, stairs, and dance floors!

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    18 Discussions

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    Mimikry
    Mimikry

    8 years ago on Introduction

    what about using a anti-slip mat? - I think that could be quite comfy because it's soft--- hmmmm have to try it :)

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    mrsben
    mrsben

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thin 'craft foam' will work! I have used it on more than one occasion to even make other shoe inserts. Comes in packages or sheets, is reasonably priced and can be found in most stores that carry craft supplies. Though smooth, your foot will not slip and it is totally soft. Can be cut with scissors, does not fray and can be stacked 'n glued to any thickness if need be.

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    divah
    divah

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I imagine it would be too thick, plus the waffle weave texture would probably get very uncomfortable faster than the bunny hop.

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    mrsben
    mrsben

    12 months ago

    Great tip, however another suggestion is the use of 'thin craft foam' that can be found in most craft departments like Walmart, the $-Store etc. It is more than reasonably priced, comes in an array of colours and is either sold in packages or single sheets. The beauty of it is; it doesn't fray, can be easily cut to any shape with ordinary scissors, be glued with just a few dabs and not only provides a non slippery surface but conforms to the pressure of one' s foot. Also, super great to make a variety of shoe inserts as can be stacked 'n glued to required thickness.
    Footnote: For an entire insole -- depending upon the style of shoe you may not even have to glue it in as the heat of your foot will secure it.

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    MariahS10
    MariahS10

    3 years ago

    Suede would probably be a great fabric for this.

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    Carleyy
    Carleyy

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Super easy shoe mod! I will definitely use this next time I wear heels with stockings!

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    jes58
    jes58

    Reply 4 years ago

    Isn't it a lot easier just to go to the drug store and get innersoles?? That's what I do!

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    Daethian
    Daethian

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Dealing with this exact thing today! Got some gorgeous new heels for Christmas and the insoles are like crazy slick and my feet are sliding forward. Driving in I was trying to think of a way to make my own non slippery insole since I've tried everything on the market and they all fail. Great idea! I was thinking of using the non slip foam stuff that you put under rugs to keep them from slipping but wasn't sure about adhesive.

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    Tim31556
    Tim31556

    Reply 4 years ago

    Those black tights are nice.

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    2latinaz
    2latinaz

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great mod, will be doing so myself. You're brave for posting. These instructables tend to bring out the creeps.

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    Manny B
    Manny B

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Laugh Out Loud. Your comment is right on the money, unfortunately.

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    iamgale
    iamgale

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is so great! I would never have thought of it. I'm going to try this on all my slippery shoes. Thanks!

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    kumiko
    kumiko

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea. Could you just spray the entire insole and glue it on all at once instead of spraying it in two sections and risk getting glue onto the shoe?

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    xavec
    xavec

    8 years ago on Introduction

    this is excellent! I will definitely be trying this with my favourite shoes!

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    sarawelder
    sarawelder

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant Ible.. easy and there is a great need for this!!! would stop feet sticking to shiny insoles too.. a plus!

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    uses_tools
    uses_tools

    8 years ago on Introduction

    You could change step 3 and avoid the overspray to the shoe by spraying glue on the whole insole first, put some wax paper over if - it will not change the stickyness of the glue - and then remove the wax paper in small steps during installation in the shoe. Nice instructable!

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    Helder4u
    Helder4u

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I had to stop and read because of Your pretty legs :D

    Good idea with with this mod too, would help a lot for slippery high heels.

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    diana chu
    diana chu

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! I was going to give away a new pair of shoes. I was wondering if I could use sand paper to scratch the slippery insoles but this is a very good idea. Also wearing extra insoles was weird and uncomfortable. Gracias.