Oil-resistance in shoes generally refers to the top of the shoe and the material that is used for that, and not the soles, and slip resistant refers to the soles that help prevent you from slipping if you walk on greasy, oily or wet floors.

Are Rubber-soled Shoes Slip Resistant?

Are Rubber Soled Shoes Slip ResistantRubber is definitely the material that has the best slip-resistant properties, but that does not automatically mean that they will be slip resistant when working on surfaces that are hazardous underfoot such as greasy, oily or with soapy water on them. To ensure that your rubber soled shoe is indeed slip-resistant you will also have to look for other properties that will determine this.

We list some of the things to look out for in rubber-soled shoes to make sure that you are getting what you need. First check that it is indeed made out of rubber, remember the softer the rubber sole the more grip it will give you, so look for a pliable sole.  A hard, stiff type sole, even if it is rubber may not be a slip resistant as you require it to be.

Check the tread design on your rubber sole. Having a good tread design or patterning will improve the slip resistance of the shoe. The tread design should have a smaller or finer design, the small the lugs on your sole, the better the resistance to slipping or skidding.

How can you make your Shoes Slip Resistant?

There are a couple of ways that you can make your shoes slip resistant. We give you a few different options which will save you from having to go out and buy a new pair of shoes when you need a slip resistant option. Scuff the soles of your shoes. This is a sure way to get some traction on your soles.  You can scape your soles against any abrasive surface such as concrete or gravel, this will roughen up the sole and give it a non-slip quality.

This will make a difference but it is not foolproof, so be careful when walking in wet or greasy areas. You can use traction spray to give your soles the grip you need. This is a great option if you are looking for a slip-resistant shoe to walk in the snow and ice with. Traction adhesives will coat the sole and give you the traction you need. You will have to do this on a regular basis if you wish the traction to last.

Another home remedy option for your soles is to add a salt and rubber glue mixture or adhering some sand to the bottom of your shoe.  This is sure to give it a lot more grip. Or you can try spraying your soles with hairspray. This will give you about the same result as using specially bought traction spray but at a lower cost. This is, however, a quick fix and you will have to spray every day to ensure the non-slip quality remains.

Then you can score your soles with a knife. This is a delegate procedure, however, as has been said a shoe with a great tread pattern offers a lot of traction which equates to a non-slip quality. If you are not looking for a home remedy, then you can always try ice grips. These are very funky and will not compromise the sole of your shoe as will scoring them of gluing something onto them. You can fit them easily and remove them if you do not need them anymore.

How do I stop my Shoes from Sliding?

So you are a person who does a lot of walking, however, you do not want to use the ugly and not necessarily fashionable shoe for when you are working. Walking in slippery shoes can cause great embarrassment when you end up on your bum after slipping or worse you could twist your ankle or cause some other minor or major injury to yourself.

So what do you do when the type of shoe you normally wear does not come out with non-slip qualities? Don’t worry, follow these easy steps and you will not only keep your great looking shoe but have one that will help prevent that nasty fall or slip. First, you will need to gather what you need in order to attain that non-slip sexiness you are looking for.

You will need a rag, medium-grit sandpaper, scissors and of course shoe grips. First, you will use the rag to clean the bottom of your shoe properly getting rid of all the dirt and debris that there may be. This will be followed by sanding.  You will rub the sandpaper in circles along the bottom of your shoe, ensure that you rub the areas under the balls of your feet as well as your heels, as these are the areas that bear the most pressure when walking.

Next is the most nerve wrecking part of the exercise, especially if you are working on very expensive shoes, however, do not stress, just be careful when doing it. You will take the scissors and scrape a few big “X’s” into the soles of your shoes.  Once this is complete the hardest part is done. Now all you have to do is peel the back of your non-slip shoe pad and place it onto the bottom of your sole.

Make sure you hold it in place for a few seconds by pressing firmly down on it. Of course, you must also ensure that the pad fits your shoe properly, you can always use the scissors again to trim it down to size. You can also then go to a shoe repairer and ask them to add a protective guard onto the bottom of your shoe, they will ensure that they are the same color as your sole so there will be no problems when you want to show your sexy shoes off.


When you work in areas that are hazardous to your footing, you need both oil resistant for the durability of your shoe as well as slip resistance to ensure you keep your footing even when walking or standing on oil, water or grease.

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