How To Fix Heel Slippage In Boots: Top 3 Simple Tips You Need To Know

Have you ever experienced heel slipping while wearing your boots? With this condition occurring especially for brand new boots, it is best that you know how to fix heel slippage in boots.

Boots are designed to protect your feet, provide comfort while walking, and give you stability while traveling through the unconventional terrain.

However, the issue of heel slippage has to be dealt with accordingly for you to be able to enjoy long walks or hikes using your boots.

If you pay close enough attention to what you wear, you will find out that heel slippage can be solved or even prevented easily. I will share with you a few
tips and tricks you can use on how to fix heel slippage in your boots. 

First Tip: Know Your Size

There are several methods on how to fix heel slippage in boots. I will share with you some of the best but simple tricks I have discovered. However, before that, these are the essential things that you will need in order to complete this task.

What You Will Need

Of course, knowing the right size of boots for you is profoundly important. In fact, this does not only apply to your boots but to all of your footwear.

Often times, the accuracy or the method itself of getting your correct size is the cause why you end up with boots that are not the perfect fit. As a result, you encounter problems while using your boots and one of the issues is heel slippage.

  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Marker

Step - by - Step Procedure

  1. Take a piece of blank paper and place it on a flat surface or hard floor.
  2. Wearing a sock with slight thickness, stand on the paper. Wearing a sock during the process of taking measurements can give you the necessary allowance in order for you to be comfortable when actually wearing your boots.
  3. Hold your marker vertically at a 90-degree angle and mark your way around your foot. Start from the end of your heel, all the way to the tip of your longest toe.
  4. To correctly to find the length of your foot, use a ruler and place it on the paper over where your heel and the tip of your longest toe falls. Accurately get the measurements for it.
  5. On the other hand, to correctly determine the width of your foot, locate the widest part of the foot drawing you have. Accurately measure it with your ruler.

Tip: If you find that the measurements fall into two sizes, always keep in mind to choose the larger size of the two

If you want to see the video version of the process, watch it here.

Second Tip: Lacing Techniques and Lace Locks

What You Will Need

Properly lacing up your shoes or in this case, your boots can provide you that much-needed stability while wearing it. This will also keep your foot secure and in place during those adventures and long walks.

Several lacing techniques can work wonders to also prevent heel slippage. On the other hand, using lace locks to keep everything in place can also work just as effective.

  • Pair of good quality laces
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    Lace locks
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    Cord clips
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    Pair of scissors

Step - by - Step Procedure

The Surgeon’s knot

  1. Insert your laces as per routine procedure through the lace holes.
  2. Once on top of your foot, pull both laces to make sure you have that snug but comfortable fit.
  3. Locate the hooker eyelet closest to the heel of your foot and tie the first surgeon’s knot just below it.
  4. To complete the surgeon’s knot, wrap the laces around each other twice and then pull it tight. This will help that knot lock in place firmly.
  5. Next is to thread the laces through the hooker eyelets and then tie your second surgeon’s knot to lock it in place.
  6. You can then complete it up by tying the normal rabbit hole method at the very top of your boots.

To see the video version of this method, you can watch it here.

Using lace locks

  1. Start by inserting the laces as per normal procedure and remember to ensure the precise and snug fit of your foot while accomplishing this.
  2. Once your boot is all laced up, take both end and thread each of the laces through the lock lace.
  3. Slide the lock device and secure it in place. Locking the device in place prevents the laces from becoming loose while walking or hiking.
  4. Take both ends of the laces and using a pair of scissors, trim off the excess length. You can cut 2 to 3 inches from the lock device.
  5. Lastly, attach the cord clips on the end of the laces.

See more of this procedure by watching this video.

Third Tip: Tongue pads

What You Will Need

Another option is tongue pads. These are inexpensive and can be easily accessible. Tongue pads push your foot back to the center of your boots, thus, locking your heel in place. 

  • Tongue pads

Step - by - Step Procedure

  1. With your tongue pads in hand, peel off the back which has the adhesive side of it.
  2. Slide it in and stick it on the existing tongue section of the boot. This will serve as an additional cushion between the tongue of the boot and your foot which pushes your foot back to the center and locking your heels in place.

For a quick look at how it is done, watch this video.

Other Tips As Alternatives

There are also other quick fixes or alternatives you can try to help prevent heel slippage and here are a few of them.

  • Use non-slip socks

To prevent heel slippage, you can also use non-slip socks. These socks are specially designed to have patterns on the bottom that lessens slippage and executes a firm grip.

  • Use insoles

Like the purpose of tongue pads, insoles can also be used as another alternative. You can use insoles to fill out your boot. This will lessen heel lift and slippage as well.

  • Add another pair of socks

Another quick fix that is easy and inexpensive is adding another pair of socks. An additional pair of socks will make up for the excess space between your heel and your boot. This also lessens the possibility of slippage from happening.


Keeping your foot firmly in place while going on a hiking adventure or taking long walks are very important. This will not only ensure that you avoid any mishaps and injuries; it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the moment. 

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