Unless you’re walking down a runway or trying to click your high heels thrice to perform some magic, we’re sure that having heels that make a lot of noise can be both annoying and embarrassing.
But what makes high heels so noisy, and what can you do about it?
Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to make heels quieter!
Why Do Heels Make a Lot of Noise?
Both women’s and men’s heels make such loud noise because they are often made of hard materials, such as wood, leather, and metal. This will naturally produce A LOT of noise whenever the heels come into contact with a hard floor when walking.
Moreover, your walking style and posture problems may also affect your heel noise.
The same is true for oversized heels, mainly because you will look for ways to keep your feet from sliding forward by dragging the heel instead of gently lifting it from one step to another.
It will also make a louder click-clack as it slips from your heel while you are walking.
WORSE, worn-out heels leave some metal inside exposed so it leaves you with very noisy heels whenever you are walking on any floor.
It can also be the reason why your other footwear is noisy in general and you’ll need to fix the squeaks that come from your shoes.
Why Should You Make Heels Quiet?
Whether you are a man with Italian leather shoes or a woman wearing stiletto heels, we’re all familiar with the click-clack of noisy heels.
Sometimes, such as when you take that power walk or walk into an important event or business meeting, it’s great to feel empowered with the sound of your heels announcing your arrival.
However, scenarios that require or will benefit from the loud click-clack sounds of your heels are rare.
When you are in an office, it can be embarrassing to disturb everyone’s peace with that loud sound. The same goes if you are in any environment where silence is a MUST, such as a library, movie sets, or music studios.
You can also be uncomfortable with all the attention you might draw if you are walking in a quiet place, like a hospital ward or church, or just be tired of always listening to the tapping of your shoes.
How Do You Walk in Heels Silently?
But can’t I just change the way I walk? Well, yes! Changing how you walk can make your heels quieter!
This is something you might have already thought about and even tried. So what is the correct walking style?
First off, you need to remember that the way you walk in flats or sneakers should differ from the way you walk in heels because of the structure and added height. With other shoes, you would likely lift your foot, then put it down with the heels first.
If you walk this way with heels, it will add pressure to them and result in louder noises.
So, here are the tips to keep in mind whenever you are walking in heels.
- Lower your entire foot so that the sole is parallel to the ground.
- Soften your gait and use less force whenever you lower your feet.
- Don’t lift your feet too high. An inch or two should be sufficient.
- Find shoes that fit you well, preferably one with quieter heels.
We know it can be challenging to change the way you walk, so try to practice, especially if you are new to wearing heels.
And keep in mind that while this may reduce the noise a heel makes, it can never make it completely silent, especially if you walk on a hard floor like wood.
For more permanent and significant reductions to the loudness of your heels, read on!
The Ultimate Solution for How to Make Heels Quieter: Buy Quieter Heels
If you choose quiet heels in the first place, there would be no problem to begin with. This will save you all the effort, extra cost, and time it will take to attach noise-reducing products to it, such as heel silencers or heels caps.
So for all your future purchases, we highly recommend getting silenced heels.
They make these with rubber soles instead of the traditional heel made of harder materials and come in multiple designs, so you can expect that your heels will not be making noise.
What to Consider Before Buying Quiet Heels
The sole of your heel is one of the greatest contributors to the amount of noise your heel makes. Whenever you can, choose heels with rubber soles.
When it comes to sizing, you must find heels that fit you perfectly. Choose according to the size of your feet and other special requirements, such as if you are flat-footed or have wide feet.
Remember, oversized shoes will probably result in making noise, while tight shoes will be painful to wear.
Comfort is always a primary consideration with any pair of heels, especially when you do a lot of walking in them. A heel of 2 inches should be easy for walking.
However, if it is higher than that, we suggest practicing and breaking it in. Remember that higher heels mean noisy heels.
Finally, your budget is always one of the biggest factors when choosing heels or any other pair of shoes. Find a heel type that will fit your budget while meeting all the other criteria here as well. You don’t have to sell your soul to buy a nice pair of shoes!
How to Make Heels Quieter: Do It Yourself Solutions
Option 1: Use Duct Tape or Gaffer Tape
Doing things yourself is more AFFORDABLE than going out to buy customized products.
If you’re a believer in this, then the duct tape method is the solution for you.
Check to see if you have duct tape or gaffer tape lying around the house. We’d recommend the gaffer tape for this if you have it.
The advantage of gaffer tape is that they make it of fabric rather than vinyl, so it doesn’t reflect much light, making it easy to hide on your heels. It is also more heat-resistant and can be removed with no damage to your shoes.
You can also look into using textile tape if you prefer. Whatever you choose, the steps will be the same for placing it on your heel.
Here are the steps for the duct tape method:
- Start by cleaning the soles. This is the first step you need to do before applying any adhesive to any material, so you can make sure the adhesive will really stay on.
- Dry the soles. Avoid attaching duct tape to a wet surface.
- Cut the tape into small pieces. Avoid cutting the duct tape in enormous pieces, as it may be visible and it can make your shoes look ugly.
- Apply the duct tape to the bottom of the heel and front of the sole. You can choose to layer them until you reach your desired thickness.
As with any sound reduction method, the thicker the duct tape, the better.
And there you go! You should notice a significant reduction in the amount of heel noise!
Just be careful whenever you walk on wet or smooth surfaces if you used duct tape instead of gaffer tape.
Option 2: Make Your Own Rubber, Silicone, Felt Fabric, or Cork Pad
If you don’t want to buy anything special for your heels, you can opt to DIY your own pads.
You can choose to use rubber or other materials to cover both your sole and heel.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Non-slip self-adhesive rubber foam
- Transparent rubber self-adhesive bumpers (available in different sizes)
- Anti-skid self-adhesive felt furniture pads
- Round self-adhesive cork pads
- Self-adhesive crafts felt fabric
The choice of materials is up to you, but it will depend on your needs. We’d recommend aiming for an anti-slip sole so you don’t have to worry about accidentally slipping with your shoe.
For dancing or walking on a smooth floor, we recommend cork and felt fabric. But we would not recommend them for wet conditions.
Rubber and silicone products will give you the traction and stability you need if that’s what you are looking for.
The great thing about choosing this option is that you can customize your pads depending on your preferences. Plus, it’s cheaper to buy a gigantic piece of material and cut it down to size than buying individual pads.
How to Make Heels Quieter with Products
Option 1: High Heel Caps or Heel Silencers
The pointy tips you see in most stiletto heels are also the culprit for all that noise your feet make when walking on hard surfaces.
This is something you need to be mindful of if you are one of those people who owns shoes with pointy heel tips.
The solution? Use high heel caps on your shoe. We also know these as a heel silencer.
- All you need is to attach the heel silencer to your heel tips and you will immediately notice a noise reduction of up to 80% in the amount of overall noise you’ll hear from your high heels.
- The only downside to using a heel silencer is that this can lessen the effectiveness of the karate kick you can deliver to anyone who tries to steal anything from you! But that is a small price to pay to avoid the daily humiliation.
They typically make these caps of rubber, which absorbs all that noise and will make your high heels quieter. You can also opt to combine this solution with any of the others in this guide for even better results.
Benefits of Using High Heel Caps
So, what is it with heel caps that make them worth it?
- First, heel caps can offer you greater stability whenever you walk in heels. These rubber caps will hold your heels well on any surface and will reduce the chances of slipping. That’s certainly a relief for any person who’s ever experienced an accident in the middle of power walking.
- Second, heels caps come in many colors, so women you need not worry about finding one that will match or complement the color of your heels. You will have no trouble finding a suitable color to complete your outfit.
- Third, rubber caps will cover the exposed metal tip of your heels. This makes it unlikely for you to slip on smooth surfaces, such as tiles. This heel cap feature is also what will make heels quieter for people.
- Last, an important factor you should remember is that heel caps will also make your high heels last longer. This is critical, especially if you have spent hundreds of dollars on a nice pair of high heels.
This last benefit is because the heel cap will reduce the pressure you will exert on the tip whenever you walk. The heel cap acts as a protective layer so that instead of the tip wearing out, it’s only the cap that will wear out.
And that’s certainly easier and cheaper to replace!
Option 2: Gel Cushions or Foot Foam for Better Traction
If you want something that will absorb all the noise vibrations heels make whenever you walk on any hard surface, gel cushions are the way to go.
As an alternative, you can also choose to use foot foam, which works the same way but is easier to install than gel cushions.
They have 4 benefits.
- First, gel cushions deaden the sound and vibrations from your heels, so there will be much less noise to worry about.
- They also increase your stability whenever you walk, so it will be easier to rock those heels. This is because they help reduce the chances of you sliding forward whenever you walk on soft surfaces.
- Gel cushions help improve your body posture as you walk in heels, so your feet and body aches after an entire day of wearing heels should reduce substantially.
- Last, you can just get a pair of gel cushions and use them for ANY of your shoes by simply switching them around. This won’t apply for foot foam though, as you attach them to the shoes themselves.
Something to watch out for is to make sure you keep an eye out for the state of your gel cushions. You need to make sure you replace them after they’ve been worn out, as they become useless otherwise.
For foot foam, avoid walking on smooth or wet floors, as it can be slippery.
How often you replace them will solely depend on how often you use gel cushions for your heels.
Some features to watch out for in the best gel cushions for your high heels are:
- Forefoot Metatarsal Pads
- Ball of Foot Pads
- Non-Slip Shoe Inserts
Option 3: Use Rubber Soles for Better Grip
While the heel generates a lot of noise, something to pay attention to is also the sole of your shoe, as this can also be noisy because of the use of the same materials.
The smoothness of the sole, especially when you’ve just bought those heels, can make a lot of noise. You will usually hear a click from the heel and a tap from the front of the sole.
Anti-slip soles or rubber soles will make your heels quieter by a lot. An anti-slip rubber sole is also safer and will give you more stability, reducing the likelihood of slipping on smooth and wet surfaces while walking.
If you choose to use rubber soles, install them under your high heels. This may require a bit of trial and error to get it just right, but it’s worth it to get rid of that noise.
Rubber is a great shock absorber and is easy to cut. Plenty of rubber soles are also self-adhesive, so you can easily adjust them to fit your shoe. The texture of rubber soles will give you better traction for your heel.
The thicker the rubber sole, the more it will make your heels quieter. So try to keep an eye out for that to maximize the noise reduction.
Option 4: Wear Sound Booties
If you REALLY want to ensure your high heels are completely silent, this is an excellent option. The only catch? Well, it isn’t pretty.
They design sound booties to be worn over the entire heel.
Basically, they are textile slippers that have an elastic opening for you to put your feet in and COMPLETELY INSULATE the sounds your shoe will normally make in ways these other solutions just can’t.
You can usually see them worn over a shoe in movie sets or even a recording studio to keep even the slightest of noise from getting picked up.
They are made of a soft cloth and are reusable. You can even make them yourself.
However, it’s hard to imagine a scenario when these would be very useful unless you don’t mind looking like someone wearing giant fluffy slippers on your shoe just to prevent any noise.
You can finally say goodbye to that click-clacking sound.
Whether you intend to DIY, take your high heel to a shoe repair shop, or apply a product like a rubber sole, these ways will reduce the noise of your walking, no matter the shoe you are wearing.
We hope we helped you figure out the solution to your noisy problem. After making your heels quieter, you can be as quiet as you want while also avoiding unwanted accidents and slips!
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