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Style For Style: A Cutting Edge Solution to Slippery Soles

Hot shoes like this Roberto Cavalli Oil Slick Bootie Pump, $905, are only hot if you can actually wear them. I'm sure most of you have had this problem: you excitedly put on your new favorite shoes, only to find that the soles are so slippery, you feel unstable everywhere you go. That is simply unacceptable, especially since you paid so much money for those gorgeous puppies. The whole world needs to see them, but what the world doesn't need to see is you falling flat on your face!

To see my cutting edge solution for slippery soles,

Yup, you're staring at a pair of Fiskars Nonstick Bent Scissors, $13. I know the thought of putting scissors near your new shoes is scary, but trust me on this one. Take the scissors and make a few large "X"s on the soles. That should take care of the problem. And don't worry, this doesn't count as abuse!

lisa212 lisa212 10 years
I want a solution for discomfort! Love the look of heels, but I can't walk in them. (& New York requires a lot of walking!)
zc zc 10 years
you can also take sand paper and sand the bottoms a bit to get rid of the smoothness and make them rough
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 10 years
I just don't think I could go near a fabulous pair of shoes with scissors, even if it is for the bottom. I use those sticky no-skid pad things, because they also help when you are walking on carpet. I think next time I'll go the the shoe repair shop & get the rubber put on.
lms lms 10 years
Does anyone have a suggestion for what to put on the bottom of non-rubber soled shoes for snow? Is it the same sticky things that someone mentioned? Would the x's work?
tkoblondee tkoblondee 10 years
I'm definitely going to give this a try. It makes sense. The stick on patches always get messed up .
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
yes, shuffle-ball-change is a basic tap step. I really meant that I go outside and scuff them up a bit. :)
indreams8318 indreams8318 10 years
i tried those sticky pads and they seem to wear out so fast! i take mine to my fave shoe repair guy and have rubber put on them instead. he does a really good job and you cant even tell that the rubber wasnt there to begin with. helps the shoes last a lot longer too. ^__^
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 10 years
I tried scoring the bottom of some flats the other day, but I think those soles were just too soft, because they were smooth again by the end of the day. I can see it working on harder soles, though (which would probably be the more expensive ones). I've got and old pair of heels from my mom and they're so slick. I've been thinking about taking them to a shoe repairer, but I might try this first, 'cause it seems like scoring them will work, as long as they're not too worn down already!
Daisie Daisie 10 years
Shuffle-ball-change is a basic tap dancing step. This trick, about scoring the bottom of shoes, is VERY old. And chiza is right, you don't cut deep, you are just adding traction. I have never liked the little thingies you stick to the bottom of your shoes. They always get unsticky and fall off at the worst times. =(
chiza chiza 10 years
i've done this before to my shoes (most recently, a pair of Delman flats), and it works like a charm. you don't have to cut the sole too deep, just enough to score it a little.
smcinthecity smcinthecity 10 years
my mom taught me to take them out on the pavement and scuff the bottom!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
wow, i don`t know about cutting the sole of a $905 pair of shoes.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
i don't think i can put x's on my shoes...i'd rather walk on concrete but i'm not sure i can do that to my shoes either... this is the reason why i haven't worn my CL's yet, dammit...maybe i just have to suck it up... lol
Novaraen Novaraen 10 years
I dont see how this will help...a couple of x's?? I would rather get the stick on no-slip patches. I think a shuffle-ball-change is a dance step, right?? Basically just go out on the concrete and scuff your soles around to rough them up.
Nickey Nickey 10 years
The little patchy things never work for me, but scratching them on the sidewalk does. Never done the scissors thing and I probably won't. The rubber sole is worth trying as long as it doesn't mess up the look of the shoe.
jennaboa jennaboa 10 years
Or falling on you bum. I had a pair shoes like this in college. I remember walking down a hill -- and then suddenly being on my butt, legs straight out in front of me. I have no recollection of falling, just suddenly sitting. Not quite the impression one wants to make, so if you wear shoes like this, beware the hills, girls. :)
sherbear5 sherbear5 10 years
what is a shuffle-ball-change?
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
I just go outside on the concrete and do a few shuffle-ball-changes. It works well! :P
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Ooo yea I have some expensive shoes that have that problem (why is it always your expensive ones?!?!...that's a good idea though! I might just try it instead of sucking it up!
juliegal juliegal 10 years
i always take shoes (especially expensive shoes) to a shoe repair person right away and have them put on rubber soles....they protect and add to the longevity of the shoe...the soles should cost about $25.00 and then u don't slip and u help add to the sole w/ some proper protection....
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I need to try that with a couple pairs.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 10 years
yea those patches work well!!.. they help you keep stable.. sometimes i still slip tho!! haha
italygal italygal 10 years
or you can go to Aldo and buy these rough patches that stick on the bottom for like $2.
littlemissme littlemissme 10 years
I don't know if I could do that :OOPS:
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