Fixing a Squeaky Shoe

Squeaky shoes, sandals or clogs can be annoying for you and everyone around you. Fixing your shoe will make it easier to wear and not be self conscious about how noisy you are walking around. This is a guide about fixing a squeaky shoe.
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January 20, 2009 Flag
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How to stop a tennis shoe (sneaker) from squeaking:

Step 1: remove the insole from the shoe.

Step 2: spray lubricant (WD-40) on the problem area.

Step 3: replace the insole.

Source: Trial and Error! I tried other lubricants, but WD-40 worked perfectly and stopped the squeak immediately.

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful
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WD-40 really works. I had a squeaky New Balance 608, left shoe, and a small amount of WD-40 sprayed on insole did the trick.

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October 8, 20100 found this helpful

WD 40 is pure magic, my shoes were a month old and I was so close to buying new ones but then I tried this trick and it worked immediately. WD 40 is Gods liquid tool of choice

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January 12, 2014 Flag
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I have a pair of Nike Air 1's. One pair has a squeaky problem under the sole. I have no idea how to fix it. Every time I step, it makes a squeaky noise, and it is not the soles either. Any solutions please?

By Abel H.

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March 5, 20150 found this helpful

I recently had the same problem with my Nikes. I removed the insole and put a piece of paper between the insole and my shoe. The squeak immediately stopped.

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Anonymous Flag
February 26, 20160 found this helpful

Use a powder under the insole

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May 16, 2012 Flag
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How to stop my Jordan's from making noise, on the bottom? I have only had them for two weeks.

By Maurice from Baltimore

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May 21, 20120 found this helpful

Sandpaper the soles.

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March 26, 2012 Flag
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My Jordan 60+ are squeaky on the bottom of the shoe. Every time I step there is a squeak. What can I do to get rid of it?

By TP N.

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March 28, 20120 found this helpful

I've been told baby powder around the soles will stop the squeak.

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October 11, 2011 Flag
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I have a vintage pair of leather clogs, but they squeak when I walk. Is there any way to stop this noise?

By Jeana B.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

Apply a liberal application of saddle soap-takes the creak out of anything leather. Follow the directions on the tin.

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May 9, 2011 Flag
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How can you prevent shoes from squeaking?

By Cindy S.

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December 17, 20110 found this helpful

I believe for most squeaky shoes if you remove the inner sole and sprinkle powder or cornstarch on the floor of the shoes and then replace the inner sole it can take away the squeak. Also sometime when you aren't planning on wearing the shoes rub lotion or linseed oil on the sole of the shoe. Please let set and absorb for a number of hours, also WATCH your step when you do wear them for the first time as it can make them a bit more slippery.

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April 1, 2011 Flag
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I have a full foot (bottom) plastic brace in a leather shoe that squeaks. I have tried baby powder which does not work. Any other ideas?

By Judy from Plant City, FL

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April 2, 20110 found this helpful

Judy, you could tried dusting your brace w/either cornstarch or baby powder. Have you discussed the problem w/those who made it for you? I have an artificial leg that sometimes squeaks. Very annoying at times I know.

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April 9, 2008 Flag

I bought a pair of rubber (plastic?) flip-flops from Target that I just love, but they squeak worse than any shoes I have ever owned. You can't put powder or Vaseline on flip-flops; it'll end up everywhere! Is there anything I can do?

Kate from Memphis, TN

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April 11, 20080 found this helpful

Where do they squeak? On the thong part? Maybe you could put a drop of mineral oil in that spot or Skin So Soft from Avon or some other bath oil. Maybe WD40 would work too. Also consider wiping the shoe with a dryer sheet.

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August 19, 2010 Flag
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I just bought new $80.00 walking shoes and they have started to squeak. Can anyone help me with this problem?

Karen from GA

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Squeaking Shoes

I have heard that if you put Vaseline or some type of liquid oil on the areas that rub together that it will stop the squeaking. You will need to reapply the the gel or oil again when the squeaking starts again. (01/31/2001)

Squeaking Shoes

Put baby powder inside your shoes. Soon the squeaking will stop! (01/31/2001)

By jan.hardginski

Squeaking Shoes

Call the store where you bought them, if they can't help, they can give you the number of the company who made them. For that amount of money, you should get results! (02/02/2001)

By Barb

Squeaking Shoes

One manufacturer suggests working talcum powder into the area that squeaks. Try to work it in as much as possible, especially in the noisy area. (01/07/2003)

By phoehne

Squeaking Shoes

I just tried the baby powder and it worked instantly. Thanks. (05/19/2005)

By T

Squeaking Shoes

I just tried baby powder on mine and it worked like a charm. Thanks everyone. (07/31/2005)

By Gloria

Squeaking Shoes

I put mine in the dryer for about 10-15 minutes, and that seemed to do the trick to stop the squeak. (11/14/2005)

By Haley

Squeaking Shoes

I fixed my tennis shoes with WD40. (11/21/2006)

By Tom

Squeaking Shoes

Out of desperation I tried some dry antiperspirant deodorant. It worked a treat! (04/09/2007)

Squeaking Shoes

I just got my pair of short ultimate Uggs in the mail to find out that the right one was squeaking loudly. I found out that a squeak is caused by a gap between the insole and the sole of the shoe. I removed the insole, and on the part that was squeaking, I folded up a tissue, and taped it onto the back of the insole. I put it back into the shoe and TADDAA! It worked. The squeak is gone. For now anyways. (10/11/2007)

Squeaking Shoes

As a teenage athlete we go through a lot of shoes for sports and all. But well, I had a pair of Air Max running shoes and about a month after my purchase of them they started to squeak. A friend told me "put a piece of folded paper towel under the insole of the shoe" and the next day they didn't squeak. So someone could try that. (01/01/2008)

By Johnny

Squeaking Shoes

The Vaseline totally worked for me. Thanks! (01/07/2009)

By Shalini

Squeaking Shoes

The paper towel seems to work, but if you want something more permanent, try Pellon (interfacing). I bought it at a cloth store and just cut it. It won't ravel. Get the kind without glue on it. (07/26/2010)

By artsiecl

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful
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I have a similar problem with a very expensive pair of Born oxfords. They're over 20 years old and still in fine shape! The only problem is the squeaky noise which seems to get louder each time I wear them. The inner sole is not removal and I don't want to risk destroying the shoe, so applying baby powder under it is not an option. I've also heard a lot about WD40, but I don't want to cause the shoes to become flammable. I called the manufacturer and they suggested sticking a pin through the sole. I tried this and could not get the pin to penetrate the sole. I may try again.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful
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The inner sole is permanently attached. Applying lubricant may possibly destroy the leather or at least cause the shoe to become flammable. Any other suggestions, preferably safe ones?

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October 31, 2010 Flag
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My boot soles starting squeaking. Is there anything I can do to stop this?

By Kevin from Chicago, IL

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Fix a Squeaky Shoe

Some people swear by putting baby powder (talcum powder) in the shoe, somewhere in the shoe, but I don't know where. I never tried it because my ex sold shoes and he said that squeak comes from the shank in the shoe. When it squeaks, the shank is broken. The shank runs between the heel and the ball of the foot. Once it's broken, it's broken. I don't know if a shoe repair store can fix a shank.

Sorry for not having better news, but check the site. Maybe the powder will work for you; others swear by it. (07/25/2010)

By metroplex

Fix a Squeaky Shoe

WD40 did the trick, sprayed inside and underneath insert. (10/14/2010)

By howard22

Fix a Squeaky Shoe

I didn't have any of the above-mentioned items so I squirted some 3-in-1 oil under the only part of the insole I could find in my Skechers. Yay! The squeak is gone!
Thanks for the ideas. (10/21/2010)

By fpgyrl

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Anonymous Flag
June 6, 20160 found this helpful

SAND THE SOLES OR RUB THEM WITH A BAR OF SOAP

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April 6, 2011 Flag
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What can I do to fix squeaky shoes?

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February 27, 2011 Flag
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My shoes squeak really badly when I walk whether it is on carpet or tile. How can I eliminate the squeaking?

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January 30, 2011 Flag
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How do I fix a squeaky pair of Nike Air Pegasus?

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December 7, 2010 Flag
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I bought a pair of shoes a month ago and I am so in love with them. Then, one day they started squeaking like mad.

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November 12, 2010 Flag
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I have a new pair of Ryka walk fit shoes and the right shoe started to squeak. What can I do?

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July 24, 2010 Flag
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How can I get my shoe to stop squeaking? It's annoying and won't stop. However, the sole of the shoe won't come off, so I can't remove anything.

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March 7, 2010 Flag
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My husband has a pair of leather squeaky shoes which are very embarrassing to wear. How can this problem be addressed?

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December 7, 2009 Flag
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I have a pair of Nike gym shoes that got wet in the rain now they squeak really bad. What can I do to stop the squeak?

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August 11, 2009 Flag
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I have squeaky tennis shoes. How do I stop it?

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August 9, 2008 Flag
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I bought a pair of high heels that squeak so badly I can never sneak up on anyone! Does anyone have a solution to squeaky shoes?

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February 29, 2008 Flag
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I am looking for tips for fixing a squeaking leather shoe.

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September 6, 2006 Flag
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How do you stop leather shoes from creaking or squeaking when you walk?

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June 14, 2004 Flag
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My husband recently got a new pair of leather dress shoes that feel fine on his feet.

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