10 Tips to Keep Heel from Slipping in Boots

Protection and security should be the two most important features you look for when you go to buy boots. Security is something that we all want in life, and wanting the same thing from your boots isn’t too far-fetched.

Just imagine walking in your boots, and suddenly your heel slips it can either lead to a major accident or can cause you embarrassment at the very least.

In this article, discover the easy, fast and inexpensive ways to stop heel slippage in boots.

1. Selecting Right Size

Selecting Right Size Boot

You might find this an echo of the point that we presented in the length-problem paragraph in why does it happen category, but we cannot leave this point out without discussing the solution.

Buy boots that completely fit your feet otherwise, the heel slippage will be unavoidable. The size of your feet fluctuates, and so it is best to buy the pair either during late noon or early evening.

Not just this, we recommend you check the size every time you buy the boots. Your feet size might not stay the same the next time buy boots; so you should refresh your information when buying new boots is inevitable.

2. Think of Tongue Pad

Remember when we mentioned insecure instep will result in heel slipping, well here is a solution for the problem. A simple tongue pad inserted into the underside of the tongue of your boots will be of huge help. It will keep the instep secure and allow the heels to settle snugly into the place allotted for them.

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These pads get sold in pairs of three, five and seven. So the choice is up to you, how many to need to keep in stock make sure that your feet remain secure.

3. Tense up those Laces

This method is only applicable to those who have boots with laces. Laces help you to tighten your boots according to your preference and help you to avoid slippage problem altogether.

Now there are many different styles of knots that you can tie, like hikers, rabbit hole, and surgeon and you will have to decide which one serves you the best.

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We cannot judge what is comfortable for you; we can only tell you the methods that are available for you to feel comfortable. If you are unsure of how to tie your laces into these knots, you can always find videos online that teach you how to.

4. Socks will Help

We guarantee it will as long as you buy special socks that are specially made to be slip-resistant. They have a rugged bottom and this helps your feet to stay in place because of the friction that generates between the boots and socks.

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But that is not all that these socks can do. If you buy these socks, then you do not have to invest in the tongue pads that we have mentioned earlier. These special socks come already padded and thus no additional padding is required to insert into the boots.

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5. Inexpensive Socks

You do not have to purchase expensive ones mentioned above if you don’t want to. You can select a pair of thick socks that will help to fill the space in the boots and give your feet the stability it needs.

If you cannot wear thick socks, because of the irritation of the skin, you can wear regular ones. But there is a catch.

Thick Pair of Socks

You will have to wear two or three pairs at the same time so that it achieves thickness that will help your feet to stay secured.

6. Take Help from Heel Liners

Let us say that you have made the mistake of buying boots that are not your size and returning them or throwing them away is not an option, then what will you do? To cover for your mistake, you can buy heel liners that will stop your heel from slipping off the boots.

Leather Heel Grips Liner Cushions Inserts for Loose Shoes, Improved Shoe Fit and Comfort, Khaki,0.28inch Thick 2 Pair

Place the padded part where your heels will be resting, and it will not let your heels to get displaced. The adhesive part on the back of the pads stuck to the inner walls of the boots will help it stay in place.

7. Think Safety Think Hair Spray

hair spray on boots

A simple hair spray will help your feet stay secured within the boots. Yup you read that correctly. Before putting on your boots spray some on your feet, it will make your feet sticky which will be a perfect way to keep them in place.

8. Insole Replacement

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Some boots have contoured insole designs that check the slipping of the heel. If your boot does not have these specially designed insoles, then you can buy these insoles online. Check all the necessary information before you purchase the item.

9. Stuffed Boots

There is a process that will help you to keep your feet secured within the boots if you have purchased the wrong size. Just use any item like rolled-up cloth or balled-up paper to fill the excess space in your boots. Place the stuffing near the top end of the boot so that your heels are secure in their place.

10. How’s your Walk

Many times it has been noticed that the reason for heel slipping is the individual’s style of walking. You have to place your heel first and then your toe. This kind of walking technique is similar to the ones that a woman who wears shoes with heels chooses.

Who knew that even walking had a technique, right? But if you follow this method for walking, you will notice that the problem of slipping is not occurring. So it is this step that you should try first before moving on to the other ones just to eliminate the doubt that you were never wrong.

Heel Slipping: Meaning of the Term

When you notice that your heel doesn’t fit snugly in the area allocated for its resting and keep slipping, you will know that you have a problem. It is uncomfortable and risky as it can cause serious injury to your foot.

Boots are meant to keep your foot secure and safe. When you notice your heel slipping, it means that you will have to take action to prevent it from happening. There are a few reasons why this may be happening, and we intend to propound on that topic next.

Why Does Heel Slip Happen?

We have told you what the problem is. Now, we think it is the best time to delve deeper into it. Just like every bad thing can get explained, we can give you the reason why heel slipping occurs.

1.) Length Problem

It is the foremost problem that generates this problem. You might not know the accurate length of your feet and thus end up buying a boot that exceeds in length. The larger-than-feet boots will be difficult to work in, and apart from heel slipping will also create the problem of heel lifting. 

Proper fit shoes

If you are going to a shop to buy boots, take the help of their employees to buy the correct pair. Or else, measure your feet and find out its length before placing an order online.

2.) Foot Shape

That your feet are a complex body part will only get revealed when you set out to buy boots. The width of your feet comes under scrutiny when heel slipping problem arises. Your feet balls may be wider than the heels. The correct measurement will help you to buy boots that protect your feet.

3.) Arch Problem


The problem of heel slipping worsens when your boots do not give the correct support to your arches. It is well-known, isn’t it, that boots that do not fit properly will create all kinds of trouble?

4.) Problem with Instep

When instep does not get securely placed inside the shoe, the heel slipping problem becomes a reality. Tie your laces (if applicable) more securely so that your instep is protected and also keeps your heel in place.

5.) Worn Wrongly

Now we are not saying that you don’t know the proper way to wear boots, but slipping can occur when boots do not get worn properly. Wear it correctly, and you will notice that the problem does not exist anymore.

6.) Wear in Properly

We have to stress this point as it is the most common and more valid one. The problem of slipping arises when your boots are new and have not been broken-in correctly. If that is the case, then we suggest that you spend time to wear it in and notice the problem disappear.

Our Tips

We will ask you to follow steps that will help you to break in your boots to make it more comfortable. It is a time-consuming process, but it will help you to isolate the cause of the problem that is causing the heel slipping.

Once you are sure the reason is not the new boots or the way that you walk, you can select any of the above-mentioned techniques to eliminate the trouble.

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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