How to Increase the Grip on a Shoe's Sole

When slick shoe soles come in contact with slippery surfaces, like concrete, accidents can happen. Whether it's a pair of new shoes or your favorite, yet worn, tennis shoes, you can can improve sole traction in a few minutes. With a few items, you can recondition the sole and reduce your chances of falling or sliding. Walk with confidence, regardless of the weather or situation, by increasing shoe sole grip. You may have to treat soles regularly to reverse slickness.

Examine the bottom of your shoes every few months to check for slickness. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 1

Apply a piece of duct tape to the soles of new high heels. This durable tape grabs walking surfaces and lowers the chance of slipping. Rub the tape completely to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. For the best results, tape should be firmly attached to the bottom of the shoe, not hanging off.

Step 2

Scuff the bottom of the shoes with a piece of sandpaper. Create a rough surface by scrubbing the sole vigorously for a few seconds.

Step 3

Spritz the bottom of dress shoes with hairspray. Hairspray creates a bond with the soles and traction with walking surfaces.

Step 4

Cover the shoes with rubber grips. Hold the shoe in your lap and pull the rubber cover over the shoe from toe to heel. Rubber grips give you added traction when walking through wet or snowy areas and grips protect your shoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Duct tape

  • Sandpaper

  • Damp towel

  • Hairspray

  • Rubber grips

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