How to Stop Shoes from Squeaking: 9 Steps (Complete Guide)

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You get out of your chair and head to walk down the hall.  Everyone turns their head and stares.  You shudder.  It’s your shoes and they are loud as can be.  How do I stop this squeaking problem?  If you are embarrassed by it and sick of all the trouble, today we’ll help you combat that.  When you get noticed for all the wrong reasons, it’s never a good thing and you just want it to stop and for the attention to go elsewhere.  Today, we’re going to answer the seemingly age old problem of how do I shut my shoes up with is complete guide all about the subject.


  1. Break Them In 

Right out of the box, you might notice that a pair of shoes is a little bit noisy.  This is fairly normal and you should expect it to occur.  What you need to do is break them in first.  Breaking in shoes can take a while sometimes, while others are very quick.  The best way to break in shoes is to do it at home a little at a time.  If you have done this and gradually began to use them more and more and you have been wearing them for weeks, you’ve got a problem and it probably just won’t go away without doing something in response.


2. A Possible Quick Fix 

A quick fix isn’t always the best course of action in life, but every now and then you get lucky and are able to fix a problem before it spirals out of control and creates two new ones.  This is the case, or could be, for your shoes that squeak.  IF you are sick of the new shoes make noise, you can use sandpaper, a valuable tool that can fix a lot of shoe ills.  Take it and rub the bottom of your shoes, making sure to do it gently.  The idea is to make the shoes scratched on the very edges, which will hopefully lead to a reduction of noise from that new rubber beneath you.


3. One Issue You Might Be Having

If you find yourself in need of a custom insert due to having flat feet, ankle problems, or anything for that matter, you might have the culprit right on your feet.  A lot of times, the insert doesn’t fit perfectly with the shoe, and this can cause them to make that annoying creaking noise that you just don’t want to hear any longer.  To correct this, take out the inserts and put a little bit of either baby powder or corn starch into the bottom of the shoe.  Cover the surface, but don’t just douse it like you are putting out a fire.  Then put the insert back into the shoe.  If it keeps making the same amount of noise, try it again.  Repeat as necessary.  You can even put powder in the tongue if you find that to be the trouble maker.


4. Maybe They Are Old

Older shoes are notorious for making more noises than they once did, but we find ourselves having a hard time letting go occasionally due to either nostalgia or just being plumb cheap.  If either of those is you, do worries.  You can use Shoe Goo, or another kind of adhesive, to patch up cracks that could have formed that cause the extremely annoying squeaks to occur.  It’s best to use this glue outside so as not to suffocate yourself, and you should apply them either with gloves on or with a stick of some sort.  When you have spread it out evenly to your liking, place a clamp over the area and let it dry for 24 hours.  Check and make sure it is dry, then after another couple days, see if the noise is gone..  OR hey, just buy some new shoes and wait a few months (hopefully) for them to start acting up on you!


5. The Shoes Got Wet 

We’ve all experienced this problem.  Even the quietest of shoes will make noise if they get water on them and aren’t properly wiped off when you go into a store sans carpeting.  However, this is a much bigger problem.  Have you gotten them, like, soaked recently?  Going for a swim is tough on your shoes, so if you happen to have been stuck in the rain, or went down a water slide, or something of the sort, this could have caused the issue of the noise.  They could be soggy inside, and it might explain why the noise has come along so suddenly and is so prevalent.

If this is what you believe to be the case, then you can take out the inserts and put them somewhere dry hanging.  Then take newspaper that is wadded up, similar to the way they place that junk in them at the store that we all hate and then lay the shoes down with the soles up.  Let them dry out a while before attempting to put them ‘back together’ and using them.  Do not put them near an open heater or anything like that, this will make the shoes stretch and ruin them.  If you have to, you can try the baby powder trick discussed earlier in conjunction with this tip.

Did You Know? 

That shoes squeaking is not always a bad thing?  Do you know how pain is good for humans?  Like in the sense of how would we know not to touch a burning stove if we didn’t have nerve endings that told us to stop?  Or what if we didn’t get sore after working out and ended up tearing our ACL because of it?  Just like that, squeaking shoes are an indicator.  Sometimes, it just indicates that there are annoying sounds.  But a good deal of the time, the noise makes it apparent that there is an issue that needs to be addressed, that the shoe needs to be fixed.  So, don’t freak out if they are making noise but do be aware that they could be talking to you and letting you know of some impending doom.  Maybe your sole is coming loose and you don’t know it!

According to stats, over a billion animals are killed every year in order to make leather for shoes and other forms of clothing.  It might not seem like much, but if you take your shoes to be repaired or fix them yourself, then you could be helping save a cow in the process.  This will definitely appeal to the green crowd out there!


6.  Conditioners

If your shoes are made from leather, especially those with leather soles, you might just be looking at part of the problem.  Leather shoes make a lot more noise on average than other types, but it’s still no less annoying to you.  Because of that, you might want to try a leather conditioner.  It is vital that you make sure that whatever the material is is matched by the conditioner.  If you have a suede shoe, you do not want to use leather conditioner and vice versa, for example.  These things could end up ruining your shoes for good when you thought you’d be fixing them.


7.  Loose Heel Causing Noise 

If the heel is loose and you find it to be causing the noises to occur, then you can try using caulk.  Caulk is a household item used for a number of things around the house, and it can help here.  But you have got to be careful with it.  You can squirt caulk into the hole and then take rubber bands and bind it together for the night.  Make sure it is dry.  If it’s humid outside, it might take more time than you think.  If you are unable to do this yourself, or it doesn’t work, you might be best served to go to a repair shop for the best thing to do.   Be very careful if you feel that you have repaired it yourself.  Sometimes, the hell can came loose again, and if that happens as you are walking, then you could potentially get injured doing so.


8. Maybe It’s a Defect

Unfortunately, we don’t always get the best quality goods when we have bought a pair of shoes.  This could be the reason that they are making noise, and if you believe that to be the case, then you can look at your warranty or return policy and try to send them back.  If you get a new pair back and they do not make the same noises, then you know it was just a bad pair.  If they persist, it would be smart to just avoid them altogether as two times in a row would be hard to count as a coincidence.  Air pockets could have formed inside of them, and if this is the case, then it is ‘impossible’ to fix, according to one cobbler that does shoe repair for a living!


9. Dryer To the Rescue

If you aren’t so sure about the other methods, you could resort to a couple of other tactics.  For one, using a dryer sheet is an idea.  Instead of using sandpaper, you can rub this across the bottom of the shoes in order to hopefully cancel out that horrendous noise.  They can also be inside for odor!  Or you can just go full bore and put them into the dryer itself.  Make sure to put some fabric softener onto a wash rag and throw them in there together.  Let them run for no longer than ten minutes.  If you forget and leave them running, then they could come out looking much smaller and damaged as well in a number of ways.

Shoe Specific Squeaking Issues

Clogging It Up 

If you have a pair of clogs, chances are that you will know what it’s like to have this issue at some point.  No matter if they are made from cork, wood, or rubber, they can develop this problem.  Sometimes the buckles rub up against the leather or suede, causing the noises to happen.  If this is the case, you can fix it with some candle wax.  This is done so that is will created a barrier between while not damaging any of the materials.  This is just one simple, intuitive, and natural way to go about it without using any unnecessary chemicals.


Sneakers and Athletic Shoes

Sneakers and athletic shoes tend to be louder because they have a lot of ridges to them in order to give you better traction.  Ever been to a basketball game when the crowd is silent?  You can hear the shoes very clearly!  Because of that, they sometimes could need something under them.  Trying an extra layer of rubber might do the trick, in order to insulate them and to jam that noise just a little bit.  It might not be the perfect solution, but it is a viable one that could also give you added traction when running or walking, too.



 No one likes to be the butt of the joke or to be the one that everyone is staring at in the office.  Sometimes, you can’t help it.  Your shoes are just fine everyone you go, but when you step on a glossy floor all bets are off.  You don’t have to put your head in your hands and look to the skies anymore, though.  There are some very good ways that you can fix the problems yourself, and if that doesn’t work then there are always professionals out there to assist you.  If all else fails, asking the company for a refund is also not a bad option, leaving you much less hopeless than where we started at today.

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