How to Make your Slippery Shoes Safe

Written by audra dean
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How to Make your Slippery Shoes Safe
Slippery shoe soles? Get a grip. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Beyond the look and feel of a shoe lies the actual function. Many attractive shoe designs lack treads on the sole of shoe. Shoes that lack treads also lack grip and can be slippery and unsafe to walk in. However, there are three quick and simple solutions that will get you back in your shoes and on your feet in no time flat.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Hairspray
  • Coarse-grit sandpaper
  • Heavy-duty scissors

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  1. 1

    Apply hairspray to the sole of the shoe and allow it to dry before wearing. The hairspray will temporarily make the bottom of the shoe tacky and slip-free.

  2. 2

    Mark three large Xs in the sole of the shoe with a pair of heavy-duty scissors. The scratches will provide friction between the shoe and the ground.

  3. 3

    Rough-up the sole of the shoe with a coarse-grit sandpaper. This will provide grip at the bottom of the shoe.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use a fine-grit sandpaper as this will smooth the sole of the shoe and make it even more slippery.

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