Give Your Shoes More Traction

One simple tip to make your slick-bottomed shoes easier to wear and less slippery!

Have you ever had a pair of shoes that were so slick you were afraid to wear them outside of the house? Shoes with no or barely any traction can be a challenge on any flooring. Even carpeting can cause you to go into involuntary splits. However, there is one simple quick trick my grandma taught me to make slick or slippery, low traction (or no traction) shoes easier to wear, especially for toddlers and senior adults who need traction safety the most.

I have a pair of flats that are so slick I can't walk on carpet in them. Forget hard wood flooring; these shoes have never been on my feet for longer than a minute or so, and sit in the box. Being afraid to wear my fancier shoes out of the house is a true pain come Sunday, when I need church shoes to wear and am usually resorting to my work shoes to avoid falling on my face. So I remembered on a whim that simple little technique my grandma used to use on all of her shoes and all her kids' shoes when they were small.

Band aids! I had forgotten all about this quick little technique. Band aids (cloth or the traditional rubbery ones) stuck on the bottom of the shoe (length of band aid to width of shoe so the band aid is sideways across the underside toe and heel of the shoe) is an excellent solution for gaining traction on slippery shoes. The texture of a band aid immediately gives the shoe some sticking power to surfaces and allows you to gain proper footing when walking on hardwood, linoleum and carpet. A simple and cheap solution to your slick shoes!

Placing a band aid under the heel and toe of the shoe provides ample traction, and the rubbery band aids do more than the cloth ones, although either ones will do. If you have the really thick square band aids, all the better. For toddler shoes just put one band aid up and down along the bottom of the shoe for kiddie traction. Works great!

I now have traction on my flats- the only issue now is these shoes can be walked in without falling on my butt, but are so uncomfortable I wish I hadn't got them. Oh well. At least now I can walk in them without falling.