Have you ever bought new shoes and felt like you were walking on an ice rink when you wore them? Or maybe you have worn all the grip off the soles of your old faithful, favorite footwear. Knowing how to make shoes non-slip will help prevent falls and spills. This Do It Yourself (DIY) Guide will teach you exactly how to make shoes non slip with hot glue.
Using hot glue is an ideal way to make the slickness of your favorite pair of shoes less slippery. Using a hot glue gun, you can get more wear from your shoes without the risk of falling over. If you do not have a glue gun already, it can be found in any hardware or fabric store as well as numerous online stores.
What Do I Need?
- A Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Clean Cloth
- Rubbing Alcohol
How Do I Make the Shoes Non Slip?
- Grab a towel or piece of cloth and some rubbing alcohol to begin cleaning the bottom of your shoes
- Plug in the Glue Gun and Insert a Glue Stick
- Glue lines or dots on the soles and heels of your shoes.
- Take a Break and Wait until the Glue is almost dry
- Walk Around in the Shoes on a Hard Surface
We will dive into further detail of this overall method, but if the process is still unclear after our explanation, I suggest watching a How to video on YouTube.
Step 1: Grab a towel or piece of cloth and some rubbing alcohol to begin cleaning the bottom of your shoes
This step may sound simple, but is actually one of the most important steps in the entire process. In order for the glue to be applied properly, you must ensure that the bottom is perfectly clean. This prevents uneven application of the glue, and confirms that the glue can be successfully applied. If you try to put glue on top of some dirt, then eventually that glue will come off and the non slip effect will be lost entirely. This would unfortunately cause you to repeat the entire process all over again, which is why it is so important.
Step 2: Plug in the Glue Gun and Insert a Glue Stick
Now this may seem obvious, and is not as important as step 1, but is important nonetheless. If you do not use the glue gun properly, the glue will not actually stick to the shoe and more importantly it would not add the non slip factor. If this is your first time using a glue gun, try reading the instructions given within the glue gun package. If there are none included, the main things you need to know are: plug in the glue gun, put in a long white glue stick, and wait around ten minutes for the glue gun to heat. Although do not test the heat of the glue gun with your finger as it may cause burns.
Step 3: Glue lines or dots on the soles and heels of your shoes
Now this does not need to be done in any specific method or order. You do not need to be precise, you basically are just applying glue all over the bottom of the shoe. So do not be worried if you make a mess, as long as you get some glue on the bottom of the shoe you will be fine.
Step 4: Take a Break and Wait until the Glue is almost dry
This is the easiest part of all! All you have to do now is sit there and wait for the glue to dry. Luckily with hot glue it actually dries quite quickly, so you should only have to wait fifteen or twenty minutes, unlike normal glue. Once you wait a little while you should be good to go!
Step 5: Walk Around in the Shoes on a Hard Surface
Now that you have fully reengineered your shoes, it is time to try them on and put on the finishing touches. All you need to do is walk around, which pushes down the glue to level out your shoes. After you have done that your shoes are complete! Enjoy some new non slip shoes!
Overall, this may seem like an odd idea to make shoes non slip with hot glue, but it actually works really well. It is a relatively cheap option and will most likely take only less than an hour of work. With such little time and money investment, why not give it a try? I promise you will not be disappointed!