Having a squeaking shoe is annoying. This usually happens with old shoes.
In most cases, this problem stems from the squeaking sound from inside and outside parts of the shoes.
Squeaking shoes are disturbing and definitely put you in the spotlight. This, most of the time gets you in an embarrassing moment.
Fortunately, like any other problem, there are ways you can do to stop a shoe from squeaking. In this post, I will share with you some tips to fix this problem.
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How to Stop a Shoe from Squeaking?
There are a million ways you can do to solve this problem. However, in this post, I will only share two major techniques that I found really worked for me.
So, without further ado, let’s start.
Step 1: Fix the Insoles
As mentioned, insoles or internal parts of the shoes are some of the common causes of the squeaking sound. If this is the case, then start fixing the inside part of the shoe.
There are three ways you can do it.
- Apply baby powder to the insole of the shoe. This is the best solution especially if the insoles are not stable inside. If they are moving a lot when the shoes are on, they produce squeaking noise.
To do it correctly, pull the insoles so that you will be able to apply baby powder on them. The very purpose of this is to lessen the friction between the insoles and the other parts of the shoes. Without friction, there will be no squeaking sound.
After this step, you can then put back the insoles inside the shoe. Make sure that the powder is evenly spread.
If you don’t have baby powder, use cornstarch instead. Some shoes don’t have removable insoles. If that is your case, just sprinkle the powder on the insoles. This will still help stop the shoe from squeaking.
This video demonstrates how to apply baby powder in the squeaking shoes.
2. Put a kitchen towel underneath the insoles. Aside from powder, you can also use a kitchen towel. Depending on the required thickness, fold the kitchen towel and insert it underneath the insoles.
The kitchen towel or paper towel will help hold the insoles in place so that they will not move around. When that happens, you’ll hear no more squeaking when you’re wearing the shoes.
There are many alternative materials you can use. In fact, in emergency situations, you can use napkins. Follow the same strategy and you’ll good to go.
The only drawback of this technique is that the paper towel or whatever paper you used, is not durable enough to last long. In most cases, you need to change the paper underneath the insole before wearing your shoes again.
3. Apply some oil to stop a shoe from squeaking. The third strategy you can employ is using coconut oil or other types of oils. Oils are also great materials to lessen friction and make the parts of the shoes smooth.
You don’t need to flood the insoles with oil. Just apply a little amount of oil to lubricate the insoles. After this simple process, you can now reinsert the insoles in your shoes.
This strategy is far easier and last longer than paper towels. This is because it takes time for the oil to evaporate and dry. Reapply the oil as needed.
Step 2: Fix the Bottom of the Shoes
Insoles are not the only source of the squeaking sound. Sometimes, the slick bottom of the shoes is the source of the disturbing sound.
If this is your case, you apply the following strategies:
- Use dryer sheets and rub them on the bottoms of the shoes. As mentioned, when the squeaking sound comes from the bottom of the shoes, that means that the bottoms are too slick. This makes the shoes squeak every time you step on the hardwood floor or smooth surfaces.
To solve this problem, use a dryer sheet to rub on the bottom of the shoe. This should stop a shoe from squeaking.
Depending on the situation, you may need to rub the bottom of the shoe with a dryer sheet before wearing it.
2. Use sandpaper to rough up the bottom of the shoes. Aside from dryer sheets, you can use sandpaper to make the bottom of the shoes rougher. Doing this makes the bottom the shoes less smooth. And most importantly, this will make the shoes less squeaky.
You can use any type of sandpaper. But what I found most effective is sandpaper with 120-220 grit. It will not damage the bottom of the shoes.
3. Rub a bar of soap on the sole. This is a great solution if you have a rubber shoe that is squeaking especially when you’re walking on the hardwood. If you want to do apply this technique, I recommend that you use cheap soap. I don’t exactly know why but cheaper soaps do a very good job at stopping a shoe from squeaking.
You might be thinking that soaps can only make the shoe slippery. But base on my experience, it does not. In fact, soaps can improve traction.
4. Use glue to fix the loosen parts of the shoes. This is the best thing to do especially if you have a shoe that has loose parts. The gaps between the parts of the shoes create the squeaking sound.
The quickest way to get rid of the problem is to use glue to attach everything to their respective places. After applying the glue, clamp the parts together until the glue is totally dry.
The other effective technique you can try in terms of attaching the parts of the shoes firmly is letting the glue partially dries before clamping the parts together. The partially hardened glue will be stickier than the wet one.
But either way will work so you don’t have to worry about it. Just decide which one appeals to you.
If you don’t have clamps, you can just put something heavy on the shoe until the glue dries. Don’t wear the shoe after fixing. In my case, I just put it aside for about 48 hours to make sure that the glue has rigidly held all the parts in place.
5. Apply Candle Wax. You might not hear this technique yet but this is effective. Aside from the methods, I shared above, you can also use candle wax to stop a shoe from squeaking.
This technique is similar to applying oil. Candle wax is a material that lessens friction between parts of the shoes. It makes the surface of the surface smooth and therefore preventing rubbing between the parts of the shoes that create a squeaking sound.
6. Apply a Vulcanized Rubber. Vulcanized rubbers are made to serve several purposes. They can be used to make bowling balls, erasers, toys, bouncing balls, et cetera.
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But this material can also be very helpful in fixing a squeaking shoe. You can just apply a thin sheet of the vulcanized rubber on the bottom of the shoe and you’re done. There will no more be squeaking the next you wear the shoe.
Final Thoughts on How to Stop a Shoe from Squeaking
Wearing a squeaking shoe is both annoying and embarrassing to some extent. The good news is that there are available easy solutions to this problem.
The techniques that I have shared in this post are mostly based on my personal experience in fixing a squeaking shoe. If you use some of these strategies, you can fix your problem too.
Every shoe problem may be unique though. That said, I don’t guarantee a hundred percent success. Your shoes might be different from what I had before. But don’t be afraid to experiment.
Nonetheless, I hope that this simple guide will somehow help you fix your shoes. If you want to learn more information like this, feel free to visit my Soundproofing Guide.