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How to make court shoes less slippery

Updated November 21, 2016

A court or basketball shoe is not something that you want to be slippery. You need to be able to stop, turn or change directions quickly to avoid an opponent. The last thing you want to do is end up sliding into them or out of bounds because you weren't able to control your feet. If you have ended up with some court shoes that are a bit slippery, there are things you can do to fix them.

Lick your fingers and slide them along the bottom of your shoe. This is gross but works for a short while. The dampness on the bottom of the shoe makes them stop short on the court.

Purchase a Sticky Mat. Step on it at the beginning of your play time. It removes all dust and dirt from the bottom of the shoes and gives you better traction.

Apply a traction fluid to the bottom of your shoe. Use a towel to wipe it on. This will remove dust and grime from your soles and give you added traction. You will need to clean them again when you feel your shoes start to slip.

Spray the bottom of the shoes with hairspray. This doesn't remove dust from your shoes. It creates a sticky film on the bottom which allows your shoes to grab the floor better and prevents you from sliding.

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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.