4 Ways To Make Your Footwear Less Slippery
How to make your winter shoes non-slip?
When buying winter shoes, women and men usually pay attention to the external characteristics - model, material, how the shoes fit on the foot. The sole, of course, is also subjected to inspection, choosing the most convenient and practical relief, but minimum attention is paid to the non-slip qualities of the shoe base, and in vain - during the icy conditions, it is this quality of the shoe that becomes most in demand.
Is it possible to immediately choose a non-slip model of shoes, boots and boots and how to make shoes non-slip - these are the two main questions that we will deal with in this article.
How to buy boots or winter shoes with a non-slip base
Before moving on to tips on how to make the soles of shoes already purchased non-slip, let's deal with the question, is it possible to immediately buy a pair of shoes that can be stable on slippery ice?
Here are some tips from shoe manufacturers:
- When choosing winter boots or shoes, always pay attention to the protector. It should be tall and have various elements on its inner surface - most often, in the form of geometric shapes. These elements are responsible for more stable grip of the outsole with the road surface;
- Look also at the base material: rubber and leather will be the most slippery varieties, polyurethane and TPU are the most resistant to movement on ice;
- Do a stability test: bend the boot or shoe in the plantar region. If the fold is easy, the shoe will slide. If the product fails to bend, the sole is non-slip;
- It is almost impossible to choose beautiful and non-slip women's boots, consider semi-sports boots on a flat base or fur boots and ugg boots as a backup option in case of heavy icing. Such models are usually equipped with a stable tread, and therefore you will not be afraid of ice in it.
But what if you have already purchased a comfortable and fashionable pair and everything in it is good, except that it glides terribly on the ice? The advice given in the next section of the article can help you out of the stalemate.
Making the shoes non-slip
The simplest answer to the question of how to make winter shoes stable on ice, completely non-slip, is as follows: on the eve of the ice season, take boots or boots to a shoe shop and a professionalThe professional shoemaker will attach special anti-slip pads on the sole. These pads are made of polyurethane or rubber.
If you want to save money, buy similar anti-slip stickers in the store and glue them to the sole yourself.
Please note that overlays are selected in size as follows - the first size is suitable for shoes or boots in sizes 35-38, the second for a row with values of 39-41, and for sizes 42 and above, stickers with a third size are suitable. p>
The convenience of such overlays is that they can be used not only on shoes with a flat base, but also for stiletto heels and with a different form of heel. In addition, there are options that are adhesive, and there is a variety of overlays with removable spikes that you can put on as needed.
Here are detailed instructions on how to glue the ice cover on the plantar surface at home. The sole of the shoe must be thoroughly washed from all dirt, dried and treated with an alcohol solution to degrease the surface.
The glue for the pads is usually included, but you can use any glue for shoes. Apply the adhesive evenly to the sole base, press the sticker firmly and hold for about one minute. Let the glue dry and use your favorite shoes and boots without fear of falling on slippery ice.
Folk Ways to Stabilize Shoes in Ice
Tips from the piggy bank of folk wisdom may also be useful in the problem of how to make the sole of a shoe completely non-slip. For example, a conventional adhesive plaster can effectively improve the stability of the sole. True, you need to choose a rough tissue type of material, and not a thin bactericidal plaster.
Cut two pieces of medium size from the patch and glue one of them on the side of the toe of the shoes, and reinforce the other in the heel.
Adhesive plaster reduces the slipping of shoes on the ice, but at the same time wears out quickly, so you will periodically need to update the pieces of material on the sole. To avoid conspicuousness, the patch can be painted over with a waterproof black marker or shoe paint before applying.
Coarse felt can be the equivalent of a plaster. Cut out pieces of felt to fit your shoe and glue to the toe and heel. Felt withstands friction with the surface well and allows you not to slip on it, even in severe icy conditions.
You can try the following method: rinse the shoe soles so that no dirt remains on them, dry or wipe the surfaces thoroughly. Take a tube of Moment or Superglue and apply to the base in small zigzags or a mesh. Before the glue has dried, sprinkle coarse sand over it.
The shoes cannot be used for several hours, as the sand must adhere well to the glue. ThatSome handicraft anti-slip stickers are enough for about 3-4 days of regular wearing boots or shoes, after which the procedure will have to be repeated.
If your boots or shoes have a corrugation base, then you just need to wash them more often and the sliding effect on ice will noticeably decrease.
This happens because when the embossed protrusions of the boots or boots are tightly clogged with dirt, the sole base is leveled and begins to ride on any slippery surface. A simple care procedure successfully eliminates this effect.
If the very idea of pasting model boots with sand, plaster or felt is disgusting to you, try the following technology: take fine sandpaper and rub the sole of the sole with force. The boots will slip less.
Not a bad, but requiring a certain skill, option for giving stability to shoes is as follows. Take an old pair of boots with a good grooved base and cut off the grooved layer with a boot knife, making sure it comes out as thin as possible.
Now pick up the shoes that you want to make non-slip. Treat the sole base of fashionable boots or shoes with a thick layer of silicone (at least 5 millimeters) and attach a cut relief stencil. Apply forcefully so that the pattern is imprinted in the silicone layer.
Remove the homemade stencil and blow dry the silicone pattern. So you can create an anti-slip protector on your boots or boots with your own hands and in a short time.
Craftsmen also claim that raw potatoes help reduce the slip of the plantar base on ice. To do this, you need to take one root vegetable, cut it in half and rub the cut over the surface of the toe and heel.
The most careful way is to use the following folk method, in which the sole surface is scratched with a nail or other sharp improvised means. Its base, of course, becomes corrugated and less slippery, but with excessive effort, it is easy to spoil a beloved and beautiful pair. Winter non-slip, warm and stable boots!