How to Keep Shoes from Slipping

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Slipping of shoes is one of the major problems you may have to encounter, especially if you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing in winter, and rock climbing. Fortunately, there are some practical tips and ideas on ways you can avoid these kinds of problems. Perhaps the commonest injuries you can sustain from slipping include; Blisters, abrasions, and minor cuts. Here are some tips on how to avoid injuries from slipping shoes, outdoors;

1.   Wear Winter Hiking Boots

Winter Hiking Boots can prevent you from slipping especially when you enjoy hiking, fishing or performing several other outdoor activities in winter seasons. These boots are particularly helpful because they support your ankles in winter terrains, and also ensure that snow and water are prevented from sipping into the boot and making your feet wet. These boots also come with removable liners, water-proof inner and outer materials, Insulation materials, and they are breathable. These boots snug firmly to your feet and the thick soles hold firmly to the ground to prevent slipping.

2.   Walk Slowly in Steep Terrains

You may be tempted to walk very fast when climbing steep terrains on the hiking trail. Doing this can cause a sprained ankle or something much worse. You need to avoid moving quickly over steep terrains, especially the ones you are not familiar with, in order to reduce your chances of slipping and falling. Rough and rocky grounds must also be explored gently, and you need to be aware of each step you take.

Pay attention to unstable rocks, especially those located in the middle of streams- do not step on such rocks roughly, rather you should hold onto support when stepping on such unstable stones or rocks.

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3.   Always Make Use of a Walking Rope or Stick

Strong sticks and ropes offer great support when exploring the outdoors. A stick, for instance, can help you check for firm floors that you can safely step on. You can also make use of your stick to clear your path, especially when you move through shrubs and woodlands. Make sure you stick is strong and long enough to withstand breakages.

4.   Take Care of Your Feet and Make Use of Gaiters to Prevent Sand from Your Boots

Do not ignore minor wounds such as hotspots in your feet, they can become bigger blisters when left untreated before you go for outdoor adventures such as hiking. Gravel and sand may enter your boots in certain unpleasant conditions, and the discomfort caused by sand and gravel in your boot can cause slipping as you try to adjust your feet. Make sure you double-tie boot laces and tuck the laces inside your boot. Avoid grabbing tree branches while climbing, they may not be strong enough to support your body when you slip.


According to the Adventure Gears Lab Editor- Ashley Casey, Hiking should connect you to nature and create more fun to remember always, but it comes with a lot of risks just like any other outdoor activity. Try as much as possible to prevent friction between your toes and hiking shoes, likewise, you must avoid friction between your palm and hiking stick by applying blister-prevention lotions. If you have some hotspots on your toes, make sure you cover them with themed tapes.

Similarly, you may want to apply a thickened pad to your joints, especially at the knee and hip. This pad will absorb shocks at the joints and provide relief against pains. It is important that you support and keep the knee cap very tight to prevent injuries that can occur through slipping.