How to make heels less noisy

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How to make heels less noisy
Noisy heels can be tamed with duct tape. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

High-heeled shoes are characterised by a heel that is raised significantly higher than the toe. The existence of high-heeled shoes can be found in ancient Egypt, circa 3500 B.C. While poor Egyptian citizens generally went barefoot, some artistic depictions show upper-class Egyptian females wearing rudimentary shoes with high heels. Today, many women wear high heels to work and other social engagements. The noise heels make on hard surfaces can be reduced easily, via a simple duct tape alteration.

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Things you need

  • Duct tape (as close to the colour of your heel as possible)
  • Scissors
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Soapy water
  • Washcloth

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  1. 1

    Wash the soles of your high heels with soapy water and a washcloth. Set the heels in a sunny location until thoroughly dry.

    How to make heels less noisy
    Wash heels with soapy water to remove dirt. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Duct tape is available from most major manufacturers in a wide variety of colours, so you should select the colour that is closest to the colour of your particular shoe heel. Cut a piece of duct tape into two squares that are about two mm wider than the circumference of each heel. Set the duct tape squares, sticky side up, onto a hard surface.

    How to make heels less noisy
    Duct tape squares should be slightly larger than your heels. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Place your high heels into the centre of each duct tape square. Press down firmly on the shoes until the heels bond with the tape adhesive. Pull the duct tape up over the sides of each heel. The tape will be barely visible to the eye on the sides of the heels, but the small overlap will provide extra hold for the duct tape.

    How to make heels less noisy
    Pull duct tape up onto the side of each heel. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  4. 4

    Put on your shoes and walk around. If the sound is not muted enough, repeat steps 1 to 3, layering one strip of duct tape over another until your heels are adequately quiet when walking on hard surfaces.

Tips and warnings

  • Change your duct tape every month or so, to preventing its falling off the heels in public.
  • While duct tape will mute noise from both stilettos and wider heels, you will need to replace the tape on stilettos every time you wear them, since there is less surface area for the adhesive tape to bond securely.
  • Duct tape is designed to provide traction, so it poses no greater danger of slips and falls while wearing high heels.
  • Do not cut duct tape more than 2mm larger than your heels, or the tape will be highly visible on the sides of your heels.

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