Friday, December 15, 2023

How to Soundproof Heels: Best Hacks for Quieter Heels

We all know that women are totally into their high heels. They make you feel all classy and fancy when you strut your stuff. But let’s be real, those heels can be loud AF. You walk into a quiet room and suddenly all eyes are on you because of the loud clacking noise. It’s so embarrassing, especially if you’re running late to a meeting. Plus, it annoys the hell out of everyone around you. Seriously, who likes that annoying “Clack Clack Clack” sound?Benefits of wearing high heels to work 1 7 screenshot 1 How to Soundproof Heels: Best Hacks for Quieter Heels

So, what’s the deal? How can you make your heels less noisy? This is a question that every girl asks herself when she’s getting ready for a big event. Nobody wants to be that girl who’s stomping around and ruining the vibe of the whole place. But don’t worry, we got you covered! In this article, we’ll share some hacks that actually work to soundproof your heels. So you can walk like a boss without all the unwanted attention.

Why Do Heels Make Loud Noise?

The click-clacking sound does not mean that your heels are too high. There are other factors that contribute to noise. Let’s take a look: 

Walking Style

The way you walk can also contribute to the noise your heels make. If you stomp your feet when you walk, your heels will be louder than if you take lighter steps. When you are wearing high-heeled shoes, your feet need to be placed in an abnormal position. You do not place them directly under your hips like usual; instead, they should be slightly behind them at a higher angle than normal. This unnatural body positioning leads to different muscle movements and makes it difficult for you to maintain balance when walking – which leads us to make a noise when you take a step.

Before wearing high heels, it may be good to learn how to walk quietly on lower heels. You may walk with heavy steps and you can make noise even with flat heels. If you want to reduce this noise, try to lower your steps when walking. 

The Shape of the Heels

Your heels are not the only things that make noise when you walk. The shape of your heels also plays a role in how much sound they produce. If your shoes have chunky, blocky soles, then they will most likely be noisier than those with slim bottoms because their surface-to-weight ratio is bigger compared to thinner heel types. When taking steps, these heavier types may put each foot down harder and create more momentum – which translates into making more noise. You also should avoid large heels especially if they are made of wood. In this case, if you do not want to make much noise so do not wear anything such as wedges and clogs.

The Materials of the Heels

Different types of heels are made from different materials, which can impact the amount of noise they make. For example, shoes with crepe soles tend to be louder than those without them. This is because crepe rubber is less dense than materials like leather or suede, which means there’s a greater surface area between your foot and the ground. The more surface area in contact with the ground, the more noise your heels will make when you walk.

If your shoes have leather soles or suede lining on the inside, there is less friction between your foot and the ground, resulting in less noise. To reduce noise when walking, you can opt for rubber-soled shoes with flexible fabric on top. This combination provides the necessary flexibility for comfortable movement while also maintaining durability over time.

Heel Height

The higher your heel, the more likely it is to make a loud noise. This is because the force of your foot hitting the ground is concentrated on a smaller surface area.


The surface you walk on plays a significant role in how loud your heels will be. Hard surfaces like concrete or wooden floors tend to amplify the sound of your heels, making them louder than they would be on softer surfaces. This is because hard surfaces do not absorb the impact of your foot hitting the ground as well as soft surfaces do. Instead, the sound waves bounce off the hard surface, creating an echo effect and amplifying the noise.

On the other hand, softer surfaces like carpet or grass can muffle the sound of your heels. These surfaces absorb the impact of your foot hitting the ground, reducing the amount of noise produced. The thicker the carpet or grass, the better it will be at reducing the sound of your heels.

It’s important to consider the surface you’ll be walking on when choosing what shoes to wear. If you know you’ll be walking on a hard surface, like concrete, you may want to opt for shoes with a lower heel or a thicker sole to help absorb some of the impact and reduce the noise. Conversely, if you’ll be walking on a soft surface, you may be able to wear higher heels without as much noise.

How to Soundproof Your Heels from Making Noise?

No matter what type of heel you are wearing and how you are walking, there are little tricks that can help to reduce the noise they make. Here is how.

Fix High Heels Caps

The best way to reduce the noise your heels make is by fixing high-heel caps. These are small rubber attachments that you can attach under your shoes’ soles – which makes it easier for them not to slip around when walking.

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These caps provide enough friction between your feet and the ground, therefore reducing the sound of movement. They also prevent damage on shoe materials because they act as shock absorbers against impact pressure – meaning less stress will be put on soles over time; hence preventing damages like tears or cracks in leather lining. It’s important to note that if you have never used this type of product before, then these tips may help:

  • Use only adhesive pads with a non-slip material so there’s minimal movement
  • Do not use thick pads with very thick heels because this may cause your feet to squeeze inside the shoes – making them uncomfortable and noisier when walking.
  • Ensure that adhesive pads are dry before using high-heels, so you don’t stick everything together

High heel caps can be easily found in shoe stores or online for a cheap price compared to buying new shoes every time they wear out from extensive usage. It’s also great if you have a wedge or clog soles since they naturally reduce sound while offering flexibility for comfort at the same time!  

Use Gel Cushions

Gel cushions are another solution when trying to soundproof your heels. They can be placed under the ball of your foot – in between it and the ground, which provides extra grip for walking. This way you won’t need any heel caps or other devices that may harm shoes over time because they will already provide enough friction with the floor. You could also wear gel pads inside all your heels and even use them to solve any other noise-making problems like squeaky shoes or soles.

The only thing you should remember is that gel cushions after some time become less effective after they are worn out. Therefore, you will need to change the gel cushions after some time. These pads can be found online for a cheap price and you only need one per shoe – depending on how high your heel is obviously! 

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Add Pads and Anti-Slip Soles

This is a very basic solution for making heels more soundproof. Placing moleskin, felt or gel pads inside your shoes is a physical solution that helps reduce friction between your foot and the shoe,When you apply an anti-slip sole on the bottom of your shoes, this will prevent them from slipping around – which reduces noise significantly when walking!

One thing to remember though: make sure that the soles are not too thick or made out of hard materials because they may become uncomfortable and cause pain if worn all day long. If you don’t want to buy new gel pads every time they lose their grip, then opt for some high heel socks instead. They can help reduce friction between feet and stilettos while also protecting the shoe’s leather lining against damage due to excessive usage over time; meaning noiseless walks even with old shoes! 

Use Foot Foam

Additionally, you can use technological solutions like noise-cancelling accessories such as silicone covers or foam pads that can help absorb noise and reduce the sound of your heels when you walk. Foot foam can be used to stick under heels and absorb any loose motions – which means no more making noise when walking! The best thing about this product – it’s extremely cheap, so you don’t need to worry about spending lots of your hard-earned money on expensive solutions like gel pads or soles all the time. They are also thin enough not to make shoes uncomfortable; meaning they won’t even notice them inside their shoes!   

It’s important to remember that foot foam won’t work well with high heels, since it can easily fall off while walking. It’s best used under flat soles or wedges where you need extra silence when moving around – not on any stilettos. You should also be careful about how much of the product you are placing inside shoes because too many layers can cause your feet to feel stuck in place!

Video: How to Quiet Loud High Heel Shoes : All About Shoes

Buying Quiet Heels

The easiest solution for noisy shoes is to buy new ones that already have great soundproofing solutions built in. This way you don’t need to worry about any external devices like gel pads or soles because the stiletto will be created with quietness in mind!

There are plenty of online stores that sell high heels without making noise; including Amazon, eBay, and many others. Make sure to check reviews before purchasing anything though – since soundproof boots can vary a lot depending on design and construction techniques used by companies all over the world. 

How to Make Your Heels Quieter Using Other Methods

There are such situations when you do not have time to buy heel caps, gel cushions, or something else but you need a very quick fix to your noisy heel problem. Do not worry as you can fix your heels up quickly with things you can find around the house or office.

Using Tape as a Heel Silencer

If you do not have any of the products we write above at hand, but want to make your heels silent as soon as possible – then consider using tape. It is a quick and easy solution that only takes about thirty seconds to apply!

All you need for this method is some strong adhesive tape or double-sided sellotape. Cut it into small pieces and place them underneath the bottom of your stilettos. Try to place smaller strips on areas where shoes seem too loud when walking around in them. This will muffle up the sound so no one else can hear what’s going on with your feet while wearing noisy high heel shoes! 

Using Sandpaper as a Heel Silencer

If you do not have any tape at hand and want to silence heels immediately, then consider using sandpaper. This is a quick fix that will stop stilettos from making sounds while walking in them.

All you need to do is get some sheets and smooth out the texture of your rubber soles. The process will remove some of the materials from the bottom part of high heels which should make their noiseless noticeable while moving around new places. Keep in mind though, this method won’t work well if you plan to walk on harder surfaces like marble floors because there’s a risk of losing grip and breaking your ankles.

Walking Confidently in Your Heels

There are some tricks that can help you improve your walk in heels. One of them is to push off with the tip of your toes while taking each step forward. This will make sure you have more control over how loudly or quietly stilettos hit the floor, which means you won’t be walking around like a clumsy zombie anymore. In any case, there are some tips you can follow to reduce noise from your shoes. 

  • Practice walking on a flat surface first: Before you attempt to walk in heels, practice walking on a flat surface to get comfortable with your shoes. This will help you improve your balance and stability.
  • Take smaller steps: When walking in heels, take smaller steps and avoid long strides. This will help you maintain your balance and reduce the risk of tripping.
  • Engage your core: Engage your core muscles when walking in heels to maintain good posture and balance. This will also help you avoid back pain.
  • Keep your head held high, abdominal muscles pulled in, pelvis in neutral, and chest pressed down.
  • Choose the right heel height: Choose a heel height that you’re comfortable with and that suits your body type. If you’re new to wearing heels, start with a lower heel and work your way up.

Video: How to Walk in Heels | Step By Step

We hope that our advice allows you to continue enjoying wearing your lovely heels without fearing that the noise from annoying you and those around you.

Armaan O'Doherty

A 29-year-old engineer who specializes in soundproofing. In his free time, he enjoys doing DIY projects and making music on the side. He has been an amateur musician since high school, and currently plays guitar for a few bands as well as producing electronic music under the name of Armaan D. He also produces a podcast called Silence Wiki which looks at all aspects of noise control.