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11 Tips to Prevent Heels from Falling Out of Shoes

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

If your heels keep slipping out of your shoes, don't get discouraged. Even the finest of us experience this! You can find solutions and simple tips on how to stop shoes from slipping at the heel down below.


1. Put on the proper size of footwear (or size down by half a size).

Your shoes may be too broad, too big, or they may not fit properly if your heels peek out of them. Know the correct foot size before buying a new pair of heels, flats, or any footwear.

Try on numerous brands to see which fits you (and your feet!) the best because different brands have varying shoe sizes. Additionally, when looking for shoes, keep in mind that different sizes of flats and heels are worn by different people.

The width and length of your foot play a role in how well the shoes fit. You can try scaling down a half size to see if it helps if your heel tends to slip out of shoes.

Don't go too tight because your feet can swell later throughout the day. Thankfully, there are techniques to reduce shoes by even a half size, which I've described in my essay specifically about how to reduce shoes.


2. Don closed-toed footwear

As was previously mentioned, moisture and perspiration can cause heel slippage. Your feet will stay dry if you wear shoes with open toes.

However, wearing open-toe shoes, especially ones that don't fit well, can also be a lose-lose situation because your feet will slide forward as a result.

Sweat, moisture, and gravity will force the toes to stick out during the day because there is nothing to keep them in. Your heel will have extra room as a result.

Close-toed footwear is advised so that you won't have to constantly adjust your feet to ensure that they don't slip around and remain in place.


3. Add heel liners to your footwear

Does the back of your shoe slouch? Heel grips are a practical way to stop just that. These are adhesive patches in the shape of a crescent that is placed on the back of shoes, just above the heel.

They add comfortable cushioning and close any openings between the shoe and the feet.Although reasonably priced, heel grips need to be replaced after a few wears because they don't last very long.

For problems with heel slippage, they work well and are a worthwhile investment. They are also fantastic in high heels! Shop at Walmart for a variety of heel styles.


4. Examine shoe inserts

You can replace the heel liner in your shoes with an insole, a half-insole, or ball-of-foot cushions (like the ones shown in Dr. Scholl's display above). These can stop heels from slipping, just as heel grips.

How? So they reduce the size of the shoes even more by including cushioning to keep the foot in place and stop any unnatural movement, like sliding.

If the shoes fit a little loosely, they can also help make them a little smaller. Additionally helping to absorb moisture from the feet and even reducing odor, certain liners serve a double- or triple-duty. View the top insoles that have been tried and trusted!


5. Employ two-sided shoe tape

Double-sided tape is frequently used by celebrity stylists to keep shoes firmly fastened to wearers' feet. This method is not only well-liked but also quite effective!

Before putting on your shoes, you can apply a 1- to 2-inch strip of double-sided tape to the heel of your foot.

Due to the tape's stickiness, it can adhere your heel bottoms to the soles of your shoes, enhancing grip.

The possibility of the tape scrunching up and falling off is a disadvantage. Additionally, if you frequently perspire, the stickiness will fade rapidly. Check out my post about double-sided shoe adhesive that is especially made for shoes!


6. Use hairspray inside your shoes

A hairspray is a nice hack if you want something more covert. Being tacky by nature, hairspray.

This will make it easier for the bottoms of your heels and feet to adhere to the footbed of your shoes and stop them from slipping out or moving forward.

Hairspray is a simple and quick solution for preventing shoe slippage, but the stickiness will disappear after a few hours. If you intend to be out longer than that, it is a good idea to bring a little spray with you.


7. Fill the front of your shoes with shoe fillers.

Try shoe fillers if your shoes are excessively lengthy and your feet tend to slide into the additional toe space. These cushioning inserts were created specifically to fit inside the toe box of your shoes.

When the front of the shoe is loaded, your foot won't slide forward or lift up with every stride. Obviously, sandals and pumps with exposed toes cannot have shoe fillers in them. See my reviews of Sizers and writings regarding shoe fillers.


8. Add Tongue Pads

Tongue pads are adhesive patches that you can affix under the tongue of your shoe, just like heel liners are. If you don't know what that is, it is a strip that lies directly beneath the laces.

Your foot can be pushed back into the heel cup with the aid of tongue pads. especially useful if the shoe has extra room at the top and you have flatter feet.

Remember that unpadded, low-front, or shoes with extremely small heels will not function with tongue pads. Tongue pads are available at Walmart.


9. Include a Removable Heel Strap.

Detachable ankle straps are a reliable option for supporting your heels. While some are elasticized, like the ones from Sassy Strapps seen above, others are belted or constructed like a harness.

Removable ankle straps not only assist your feet stay put and stop heels from slipping, but they also make wearing shoes much more comfortable and fashionable!


10. Put on tights, footies, or socks with sticky pads built in.

Tights can keep feet toasty warm in cooler temperatures. But I discover that they go above and beyond. They may aid in preventing heel slippage and keeping feet in place.

Your heel bottoms will stay firmly in place if you wear tights with integrated adhesive pads. Your heels and feet can stay put with no-show socks, whether they have grips or not.

These are a wonderful choice because they are covert and have the added benefit of soaking up extra moisture and perspiration. This means that there is almost no heel slippage!


11. Maintain Dry Feet to Prevent Slipping

Keeping your feet dry is the last tip I have for preventing heels from sliding out of shoes. Making sure your feet are dry before putting on the shoes is the first step in the process.

Avoid moisturizing your feet; doing so might make them slick, making it more likely that your feel will escape them. Moisturizers with oils and even lotions can cause this. Additionally, it will increase friction and your risk of developing blisters.

Use Talcum Powder: To assist keep moisture out of your shoes if you have sweaty feet, add a little bit of talcum powder to the insoles of your shoes. Another excellent trick to stop shoes from squeaking. But don't forget to sweep away any surplus powder!

Use a moisture-wicking insole or socks to keep your feet dry. As previously said, charcoal-infused insoles or wearing socks can assist in wicking away sweat and moisture to keep your feet dry.

Wear breathable footwear to prevent sweaty feet and heels from slipping into and out of your shoes. Breathable footwear also helps to keep your feet cool and dry.


Lasting Advice for Preventing Heel Slips Out of Shoes


I hope you can wear shoes more easily now that you've read about the causes of heels slipping out of shoes and how to avoid it!


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