How to Add Traction to a Slick Pair of Shoes

If your favorite pair of shoes has a slick bottom, rather than risking a wipe-out on an icy sidewalk or tip toeing on an especially slick floor, try lightly sanding the bottom of your shoe soles.

HH sandpaper slick shoe soles

Shoes That Stay Put

If your favorite pair of shoes has a slick bottom, rather than risking a wipe-out on an icy sidewalk or tip toeing on an especially slick floor, try lightly sanding the bottom of your shoe soles. Scrub the sandpaper across the sole, where the ball of your foot will be, and across the heel. What you’re trying to do is scuff the soles a bit, sort of pre-aging them. Stop every so often and run your finger over the sole. You just want to scuff the shoe sole enough so that it no longer feels slippery.

HH sandpaper slippery shoe soles

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