If you’ve ever been in a meeting and felt your shoe squeak with every step, you know how embarrassing it can be. You might be thinking to yourself, “Why does this always happen to me?” Well, you’re not alone. Shoe squeaking is a common problem that plagues many professional men and women. But there’s no need to worry, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll share some helpful tips on how to keep your shoes from squeaking.
before we get started…
Before we dive into how to fix those noisy shoes of yours, let’s first understand what causes them to squeak in the first place.
What causes shoes to squeak?
- The shoes are too tight
- The soles of your shoes are dry and need to be moisturized
- There’s something stuck between the sole and upper part of the shoe
- The heel counter is loose and needs to be tightened
- Wet weather conditions
Now that we know what’s causing the problem let’s move on to the solutions.
Solution #1: Break them in!
The most common reason why shoes squeak is that they’re too tight. When your shoes are too tight, it causes the leather or fabric to rub against the soles of your shoes—and that’s what makes that annoying squeaking noise.
The best way to do this is by wearing them around your house for an hour or two each day until they’re comfortably broken in. Trust us, it’ll be worth it when you don’t have to worry about your shoes making any embarrassing noise when you walk into a room full of people.
If breaking in your shoes isn’t an option (maybe they’re brand new or maybe they just never seem to break in no matter how often you wear them), try this.
How to break in shoes
Solution #2: Baby Powder
Put some baby powder on your feet before putting on your shoes. The powder will help absorb any moisture on your feet and will keep them from slipping around inside your shoes, which will in turn prevent that annoying squeaking noise.
Solution #3: Anti-Squeak Pads
Anti-squeak pads are small pieces of rubber or plastic that you can attach to the soles of your shoes to prevent them from squeaking. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can choose the ones that best fit the soles of your shoes. You can find anti-squeak pads at most hardware stores or online retailers.
So if all else fails, invest in some anti-squeak pads! They usually come in the form of small adhesive circles that you stick to the inside of your shoe near the heel. Once you’ve applied them, simply put on your shoes as usual and enjoy the silence. No more squeaking! Just don’t forget where you put those pads once you take off your shoes at the end of the night…
Solution #4: Use WD-40
One of the easiest things you can do is to simply spray your shoes with WD-40 or another silicon-based lubricant. Just spray a small amount onto a cotton ball or cotton swab then rub them on the seams of the shoe and let them dry completely before wearing them. This will help to lubricate the leather and prevent any further squeaking.
Solution #5: Talcum Powder or Cornstarch
Another solution is to sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch into your shoes and then shake them out so that the powder evenly coats the inside of the shoe. This will help to absorb any moisture that might be causing the squeaking sound. Just make sure you don’t use too much powder; otherwise, your shoes might start to feel uncomfortable.
Solution #6: Double-Sided Tape
If you’re still having trouble with your shoes squeaking, you can try using double-sided tape on the areas where your shoes rub together the most. Just put a small piece of tape on each side of the shoe and then press them together firmly. The tape will act as a buffer between the two surfaces and prevent any further noise. This works in a way that is similar to the anti-squeak pads but it is much cheaper to buy a roll of tape. However the tape is less likely to last then the anti-squeak pads.
Solution #7: Moisturize the Soles
If the soles of your shoes are dry, they may start to squeak as you walk. To prevent this, you can simply moisturize the soles with some petroleum jelly. Just rub a small amount onto the soles of your shoes and if it was due to a dryness then you should have no more squeaking!
Solution #8: Remove Any Debris in Your Shoe
If there’s something caught between the sole and upper part of your shoe (like a pebble or a piece of paper), that could be what’s causing the squeaking noise. To check your shoes remove the insole and firmly shake the shoe out. Check with a small flashlight to see if there is any other damage or debris that could be causing the noise.
There are a variety of ways that you can stop your shoes from squeaking. We’ve outlined eight different solutions, so hopefully one of them will work for you. If not, don’t worry – there’s always the option to invest in some anti-squeak pads! Just remember to try a few different methods before giving up and resorting to buying new shoes altogether.