How to Stop Shoes from Squeaking

It’s nice to get noticed, but when squeaky shoes are the reason, it can be a nuisance and even an embarrassment. Luckily, we’ve found some remedies that could help. Ask yourself these questions to get to the bottom of your squeaky shoe dilemma.

Are your shoes brand new?

New rubber can be blamed for the constant squeak you may hear. The type of floor you walk on can also have an effect on how your shoes interact with it. Usually wearing your shoe around on different surfaces should break in the shoe and reduce the squeak. 

FIX: If after you’ve worn your shoes for a while and the squeak doesn’t go away, try taking a very fine grain sandpaper and rubbing it very lightly over the bottoms of your shoes. This should cause tiny abrasions in the rubber to roughen the edges a bit. This should reduce the sound of the squeaking of new rubber. 


Do you wear an insert?

Whether you wear a custom orthotic or a store-bought insert, sometimes the fit of the insert doesn’t quite match up perfectly with your shoe, causing a squeak or creak.

FIX: Take the insert out and put a little baby powder, corn starch or baking powder on the bottom of the inside of the shoe. Make sure the surface is covered, then tip the shoe over a trash can to discard any excess powder. Replace the insert.   If the shoe is still squeaking... put in more powder and try again.  That usually takes care of it.  Powder the tongue of the shoe under the laces if the tongue squeaks.

Have your shoes gotten wet recently?

Some shoes are only squeaky when wet. Other shoes swell or develop structural issues when wet that cause squeaking. If your shoes have gotten soaked recently, it’s possible the squeak is coming from the soggy shoes.

FIX: Remove any inserts or insoles and hang in a warm dry room.  Place crumpled newspaper in your shoes and lay on sides with soles up. Make sure they are fully dried before using them again. Dry in a warm room, but not next to any heat sources. If need be, try the baby powder in between your inserts and the bottom of the shoe to help with noise.

Is it time for a new pair?

Shoes will sometimes let you know when it’s time for a new pair. If it’s been over 6 months or more than 300’s most probably time to get fitted for a new pair. However, if you are just not ready for that new pair yet... try our Fix below...

FIX: Old shoes might crack or come undone in certain places that may cause squeaking. A quick fix with Shoe Goo could help stop the squeak and gain you a bit more time with your precious shoe. Make sure to use Shoe Goo in a well ventilated area, preferably outside. Using gloves or a wooden popsicle stick, apply the goo in a generous portion to ripped or torn part of shoe. Use a clamp or heavy object to hold the shoe together. Let dry for 24 hours and check to make sure glue has held. Wait at least 48 hours after glueing to wear shoes.

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