We’ve all had the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing experience of heel slippage in our shoes. Whether we’re talking about heels slipping out of sneakers, running shoes or casual shoes, it’s a problem that many people experience. Stop the dreaded heel slippage by following a few simple guidelines:
Make sure your shoe is the right size.
This is integral to eliminating heel slippage from the start. If your shoes are too large, even by just a half-size, they won’t fit snugly around the heel area. Although you might think you know your shoe size, visit a shoe store and have it checked by the experts. In many cases, shoe sizes change as we age. By correcting your size, you can minimize the risk that the heel of the shoe will slip off your foot.
Wear socks that are non-slip.
Are you still wearing old socks that would be better left in the garbage? Invest in a few pairs of better-quality socks, especially if you’re trying to reduce the experience of heels slipping out of running shoes. On the other hand, if you wear your shoes without socks, go back to step number one and try on your shoes without socks to get a true fit.
Pick high quality shoelaces.
The shoelaces that came with your shoes might not be of the highest quality. To make sure they’re going to stay taut wear-after-wear, try out our new Xpand® Lacing System!
Use a bowless tying system.
The problem with shoelace ends that are tied in bows is that they are forever coming loose. One minute they’re tight and comfortable, the next minute you’re griping about heel slippage. Instead of relying on these types of old-fashioned tying methods, try installing a bowless tying system.
After installing the Lace Anchors®, instead of trimming, pull the laces back out of the same hole the Lace Anchors® are installed on. When you slide your foot into the shoe, the shoe is already snug and fits great without needing to tighten your laces. If you pull the shoelaces, once the Lace Anchors® are installed, the shoelaces won’t move – avoiding putting more tension on the top of your foot.
When you pull on the lace, it just gives you a pinch at the tongue of your sneakers, and all the pressure is coming from your heel, locking your heel in place. With this method, you’re not putting pressure on top of your foot and causing problems like tendonitis.
Don’t fold over the heel when slipping on your shoes.
Even if you use Lace Anchors®, it’s important to avoid squishing or bending the heel of your shoe. This is where a shoe horn can actually come in handy. They’ll keep your shoes supportive and in great shape for longer.
Heel slippage may be a drag, but it isn’t inevitable. Take a few precautions, and enjoy wearing your favorite style of shoe without worrying about slippage.