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How to Make Heels Quieter [Stop Clicking & Squeaking Noise]

Heels have undeniably changed the course of fashion. Whether it’s strutting into a meeting with a pair of smart heels on or sashaying into a club, they boost the height and confidence for many.

However, a clicking heel is not appropriate for all situations. It can also be quite embarrassing to be a source of noise in a professional or quiet environment.

There could be many reasons as to why heels make noise. Shoes with heels are usually made hard materials in the sole which can cause an impact on landing on the floor.

The shape of the heel can also determine how loud it’s going to be. Block heels and wedges have a larger surface area in comparison to stilettos, thus causing more noise.

If you don’t want to give up on your favorite heeled shoes, we have some tips for you on how to make heels quieter.

1. Use High Heel Caps

Most heeled shoes have metal in the heel portion which is essential for stability while walking. These structures, however, end up being noisy when they hit the ground.

Heel caps are a simple solution as you can put these caps at the end of your heels. Usually made of a rubber-like material, they can absorb the shock and impact of landing.

An add-on benefit is that they end up increasing the lifespan of the heel by protecting it. It is pretty easy to slip it on the heel without using any adhesive whatsoever.

The only drawback is it is noticeable and can affect the look of your shoe a little bit. You could get heel caps in the same color of your heels to make it less noticeable.

2. Improve The Traction With Rubber Sole Pads

If you’ve determined that the heel is not the cause of the noise, then the sole could be the culprit. Smooth soles especially when new, can make a loud squeaky noise.

The best way to reduce the noise would be to get more traction in the shoe. You could do this by adding a thick material or a grip pad at the heel.

These options are easily available and work by preventing two smooth surfaces from rubbing together. Rubber is a good material and is known for its shock absorption properties.

Being very dense, it also absorbs shock on impact thus reducing noise caused by it. It is also easy to shape according to your foot size.

But its major benefit is that it provides a steady grip, even on the smoothest surfaces. You might need a cobbler’s help to install these soles under your shoe.

3. Add To The Grip With Gel Cushions

This happens too often these days with e-commerce that allows you to shop for shoes without trying them on.

Many ends up order size that is much larger giving too much room for their feet to move. By hanging loosely from the heel it will begin to clap and click.

Gel cushions or liquid-filled pads can help you grip the sole inside the shoe, covering the space a little.

Their primary purpose is to pads are also meant to soften the impact wearing heels has on your feet. However, gel cushions need to be replaced every 1-2 months depending on your usage.

4. Use Sound Booties

If you are in an environment where you cannot make the slightest noise, sound booties may be a perfect choice.

An unusual option that you wouldn’t need in ordinary situations, sound booties are good for environments where the clicking sound is an impediment like the entertainment and music industry, medicine, research and more.

Sound booties are textile slippers with an elastic opening that can cover the entire shoe. Sound booties are reusable and are usually one-size-fits-all.

5. Apply Duct Or Gaffer Tape To The Bottoms Of Your Soles


If you’re in an emergency situation without access or time to the other tools mentioned here, this tip might be perfect for you.

Almost all of us can find duct or gaffer tape somewhere in our homes or offices and you’d be surprised to see its use case here. Start by cleaning your soles with soapy water and dry it well.

Cut the duct tape into small pieces and apply them to the bottom of the heel. Test your heel after this DIY to check if it is quiet enough for you.

If not, repeat this step and add another layer of duct tape. This will add density to the heels which help to absorb the noise of impact.

6. DIY Your Own Shoe Pad

If you aren’t opposed to getting crafty, you can make a sole pad at home with easily available materials. If you can get your hands on rubber, there’s nothing like it but you can also cover your sole with:

  • Self- adhesive Transparent rubber
  • Felt furniture pads
  • Self-adhesive cork pads
  • Silicone

Although cork and felt pads can perform well on smooth surfaces, they cannot provide a solid grip on wet surfaces. So I would recommend rubber and silicone products for all-around stability.

7. Tips On Walking Quietly in Heels

  1. Noise is made because of the impact of striking the heel with the surface. And if physically modifying your heel is not an option, you can try avoiding hard.surfaces and try to stick to the carpet, rugs or soft materials while walking.
  2. Shoes that fit you well will not only give you a comfortable experience but also reduce clicking noises. Loose shoes end up causing a gap between the shoe and your heel. This can create a noisy clicking and even render you unstable.
  3. Generally the higher your heel, the louder the impact of the heel strike. So if you want to avoid dealing with any noise, choose heels with a low to moderate height.
  4. Try to avoid lifting your feet too high off the ground. This will reduce your stride length and force of impact.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, all of the best ways to silence a clicking heel and the front of your sole as well. If you walk with a light tread, you will be just fine if you try out one of the tips we’ve mentioned today.

But I believe that prevention is certainly better than cure. So you should buy well-fitting shoes or check them for squeaks before buying.

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