Whether you’re a keen walker or not, you’ll know that a pair of shoes or boots which slips on the heel section is no picnic.
Not only is it annoying, affecting the grip on the terrain you’re travelling over, but it’s likely to cause you a rather large and painful blister too. Blisters are no fun.
Heel slippage can increase your chances of injury, make walking unpleasant, and give you a blister and cut which is going to take time to heel. The best course of action is to try and prevent heel slippage in the first place.
So, how can you do that?
Wearing well-fitting walking shoes or boots in the first place is the best course of action. Not every single pair of boots or shoes are going to have the same fit; just because it says it’s one size doesn’t mean it is.
Every pair has a slightly different feel and for that reason you should always try on the shoes or boots prior to paying any money for them. That way, you can cut out the No. 1 reason for heel slippage from the get-go – incorrectly fitting footwear.
Aside from making sure your shoes actually fit properly, what other ways can you opt for in order to prevent this annoying heel slippage problem?
Lace Up Your Boots Properly
In order to make sure that your boots don’t slip on the heel, make sure that you lace them up properly, and tie them securely. A butterfly lace up style is always a good go to, as this ensures that your foot remains securely inside the boot, with less chance of slippage.
Of course, lacing your boots up properly also ensures that your foot is properly secured within the boot, therefore reducing the chances of injury and ankle sprains in particular. You could also think about lace anchors, as these ensure the laces don’t slip or break.
Think About Tongue Pads
You probably don’t want to think about buying anything extra after you’ve spent a small fortune on a good pair of walking boots, but tongue pads can be a great investment.
Of course, you would normally use the tongue pad on the area it is intended for – on the tongue section to add extra padding and protection against the top of your foot, but they can also be used as heel pads too. A versatile addition to your walking kit.
Non-Slip Linings and Socks
Anything that slips gives you a greater chance of heel slippage in general, so look for non-slip linings to go into the bottom of your boot, thus locking your foot in place and causing less friction overall – less chance of rubbing and blisters. You can also buy non-slip socks which do the same job and can be used for more than one pair of shoes.
If you can’t find the non-slip variety, you could opt to double the socks you’re wearing, thus creating a larger foot measurement and giving you less chance of slippage. Do beware however, this is going to make your feet hotter, and might mean you get pressure in other places – it’s trial and error for this one.
How do You Walk?
It could be the way you’re walking is causing the slippage too. Your walking style is something to be aware of, because it will reduce the chances of injury and ankle strains overall. A style whereby you place your heel down lightly first reduces the chance of slippage, because your heel is in contact with the ground before the rest of your foot.
Fit Comes Over Everything Else
We mentioned well-fitting walking boots, and this is the number one thing you should be thinking of in order to eliminate heel slippage. A pair of boots which cradle your feet and give you support and cushioning here you need it will have a whole wealth of benefits, with heel slippage being a thing of the past.
You should always try on your boots before buying them, and this should be your No. 1 rule. Also remember that your feet expand as you do any type of physical activity, as well as when they are hotter. For that reason, it’s a good idea to go boot shopping towards the end of the day or in the early evening. This will give you the most accurate fit possible.