The Right Shoes for Hanging Christmas Lights

As you hang your Christmas lights this season, be sure to take the necessary safety precautions before you get up on a ladder or roof. That includes selecting the right footwear to keep you from slipping and falling.

Here are some “Christmas lights shoes” tips:

• Throw fashion out the window and think only about function. Old shoes are fine if they’re in good shape. Don’t be concerned with how they look; it’s likely that no one will notice them while you’re hanging lights.
• Athletic shoes are a good choice. High-topped sneakers are better because they give your ankles additional support on pitched roofs.
• Another option is a pair of shoes with flat soles (such as deck shoes or Vans). These shoes maximize the surface area of your foot that is in contact with the roof – which improves your footing.
• Avoid dress shoes or slick-soled shoes at all costs. These increase the chances of slipping.
• Avoid cheaply-made shoes or slippers. They may give you a false sense of security, but they won’t give you the traction or steadiness you need.
• If you have a big job ahead of you, think about using a heavy work boot with a slip-resistant sole. Or you might consider Cougar Paws, which have spikes on the soles for extra traction.
• In a pinch, you can use skate shoes or rock climbing shoes. They are built for extra gripping – but they may not be durable enough for long-term Christmas light hanging use.