8 Easy DIY Tips on How to Make Shoes Non Slip

How to Make Shoes Non Slip

We have all experienced this: slept and fell on your back on a slippery floor. It is worse when you are in a public place; the shame surpasses the pain

Learning how to make shoes nonslip will help you avoid future falls and spectacles and effectively make them the best slip resistant shoes.

If you have been wondering: What can I use at the bottom of shoes to make them less slippery? It’s your lucky day! We will share eight effective methods on how to make any shoe slip-resistant.

Let’s take you through them real fast.

How to Make Shoes Non Slip

Scuff the Bottom

Your shoes are slippery because of the smooth bottom. A good way to make them non-slip is by making the soles rough. You can do this by walking on rough terrains such as gravel and rough concrete rocks.

The idea is to create nooks and abrasions on the smooth sole to add some traction to the shoe. So, take a walk.

Alternatively, you can rub your shoes on rough surfaces. Yes! Go outside and rub the soles on the driveway gravel. Be gentle, though; we are not trying to destroy shoes you just bought. I know, I know! You risk appearing insane. Feel free to send anyone who questions your sanity a link to this article so that they can understand.

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Use Sandpaper

Another effective way to make your shoes non-slip is by using sandpaper. It is especially helpful If you don’t have time to walk around or you don’t have rough walkways or paths nearby.

You will require fairly coarse sandpaper, preferably 50 grit. Also, make sure your target area that comes into contact with the slippery floor. Rub the targeted parts until they start to feel textured

If you cannot access sandpaper, you can use a nail file. Choose a coarse nail file and follow the same instruction.

Score the Soles

This is another cheap, easy, and efficient DIY method to make your shoes non-slip. All you need is a knife, razor blade, or any other sharp object.

“Wait! I’m not going to destroy my shoes?’ you ask. Easy, you will not destroy the shoe if you follow my instruction to the latter.


  1. Hold the shoe upside down.
  2. Using a sharp object, gently cut short and narrow diagonal lines on your sole.
  3. Cut other lines in the opposite direction.

Voila! A cool lattice pattern on your new slip-resistant sole/

However, you don’t necessarily need to make a lattice pattern. You can test your artistic skills by making any pattern. Also, try not to cut too deep, you may cut through the insole.

Invest in Shoe Grip Pads

Grip pads are textured adhesive pads stuck on the sole of your shoe to give it more traction. This pad is specially made to keep you on your feet: literally! They come in many types. Some pads can fit any size of the shoe and are later trimmed to size. Still, there are pads made for particular shoe sizes. The best approach is to buy shoe pads that perfectly match your shoes.

How do they work?

Simple! Peel off the protective covering on the pad and position the pad on the targeted part of the sole. Firmly press the pad on the shoe and leave it for a few hours to dry before you wear the shoes.

Use Non-Slip Spray for Shoes

The traction spray is a great alternative for a grip pad. It functions the same way on the base of your shoes to stop your shoes from being slippery.

Here Is How You Go About It:

Spray a generous amount of traction spray on the base of your shoes. Leave the shoe to dry in an upside-down position.

Pro-tip. Avoid using a different color spray on your sole; your shoe may look weird. Also, the process can be messy. Protect your working space and clothes before you start the process. You can use an old towel of newspaper sheets to cover the working service.

If you do not have a shoe grip spray, you can use hair spray. However, hair spray is a temporary solution as it doesn’t last long. You might need to carry the hair spray around as it needs frequent repetition.

Get Creative with Puff Paint

Are you referring to the same puff paint used by kids for art and craft? You wonder.

The answer: Sure, I am! Puff paint dries with a rough texture, as a result, it is a perfect way to make give your slippery shoes a tight grip.

For better results, apply a thin layer of puff paint on the sole of your shoe. Remember to target areas that are in contact with the floor. Set your shoe aside and allow it to dry completely before wearing it.

Use Rubber Glue and Salt

Don’t drop your jaw, I promise this works. The idea is to have a rough texture on the shoe sole to improve traction, right? A mixture of salt grain and rubber glue does just that.

In a small bowl, mix glue with enough grains of salt. Remember, the more the grains of salt, the better the grip. Use a brush to paint a thin layer of the mixture on the heel and sole of your shoes. Finally, allow you’re your shoes to dry thoroughly before wearing them.

Alternatively, you can use sand and glue instead of salt. Be careful not to use excess grains that the glue cannot hold.

Use Ice Grips

During winter, we put chains on the tires of our cars to stop them from sliding all over while we drive. What if we did the same for our shoes? Not with chains, of course, with vice grips. Ice grips are made of heavy-duty rubber to give your shoes a metal grip on the slippery ice.

These grips work well on ice, and they can also help if you are jogging when it’s wet and muddy. Still, if you work in a restaurant or a janitor and you have been stressing about how to make shoes nonslip for work, ice grips are a perfect solution.

Final Word

You don’t always have to walk on eggshells when you are in a particular pair of shoes for fear of slipping. You can make any shoe slip-resistant using the above tips. They are all tried and tested( we know this because we did thorough research)

However, if you don’t have time to execute these hacks or you are afraid you might ruin your shoes, you can always visit a cobbler. You know, those shoe care professionals? A cobbler will modify the sole or replace it with slip-resistant soles.

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