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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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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Here are questions related to Fixing a Squeaky Shoe.
My most comfortable pair of casual shoes that I've had for a few years are now squeaking. What can I do to make it stop?
By Taube from Dedham, MA
I have a pair of leather sandals that squeak when I walk. I have tried rubbing hand cream in, but that didn't work. I think the problem is that I can't get the cream in between the lining and sole as it is stitched all around. It squeaks when I bend the sole up with my hands. Has anybody had this problem and managed to fix it?
My new sandals squeak when I walk. This happens even when everything is dry. What can I do to get rid of the squeak?
I read all of the responses about fixing a squeaky shoe, but none seem to apply to me. Mine are 3 inch wedge sandals that squeak. There is no lining to remove. Any ideas?
By Debbie from Spokane, WA
Are they wood? I know that you can sprinkle talc between wood planks on floors to prevent squeaking. Good luck.
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.
How to stop my Jordan's from making noise, on the bottom? I have only had them for two weeks.
By Maurice from Baltimore
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.
I have a vintage pair of leather clogs, but they squeak when I walk. Is there any way to stop this noise?
How can you prevent shoes from squeaking?
By Cindy S.
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.
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
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
I have a pair of Keens, and the bottom squeaks on the floor with every step I take. How can I get rid of the squeak? It is not the insole, it is the bottom of my shoe.
By Shelly D
My tennis shoes squeak. What can I do?
By sissi222 from Detroit, MI
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My husband recently got a new pair of leather dress shoes that feel fine on his feet. Only problem is that one shoe squeaks each time he takes a step, which is really irritating. He says it sounds like it is coming from the heel. Is there a way to stop the squeaking?
Kelli from OH
I used to sell shoes at Sears and the real nice dress shoes can do that. Depending on if they were glued or nailed, the heel may just be loose from not being fastened securely. You can probably take it in to a regular shoe shop (not the department store type) and they can look at it and tell you what has to be done.
Post by Tawnda
The other option is to take it back to where he bought them and have him look at them and they may exchange or pay to have them fixed.
Post by Tawnda
If you can't take them back where they came from, before you pay for a repair, lift the inner sole partly and dust with baby powder. Sprinkle the outside and where sole meets top, also. Try wearing them in the house like that for a day or 2. If it doesn't help-nothing lost.
Post by Linda
My shoes stop squeaking after I put a PIECE OF TAPE between the tongue and the outer layer. Hope it works for you.
Post by AFK
I had the same problem with a brand new pair of Etienne Aigner leather loafers. The heel squeaked terribly. No way I could where them. I tried the baby powder idea - didn't work. So I peeled back the inner sole and saw tiny nails which must hold the heel to the upper shoe. I took a hammer and screw driver and drove each nail further into the heel. And VOILA, IT WORKED! Hopefully it will last. Good luck.
Post by Connie
I had a problem with a work boot. I wasn't really sure which boot it was, so I took the suggestion of putting lots of foot powder inside the boots. The powder not only smelled nice, it also stopped the squeaking and annoying myself and everyone else.
Post by Larry
I was on my way to a new job and wearing the only shoes i had at the time... and only because i had no time to buy new ones. They squeaked so bad and the place I work at has all tile floors. I new it was going to be a big problem so i got on the internet and found this site and the very first one said that Baby powder fixed it so I ran and got some put it in both shoes and walked throughout the kitchen to try it out! AND IT WORKED! It was so cool that it worked im here writing this now!!
Post by Kaydee
It's hard to believe, but the baby powder did the trick for me also. It was driving me crazy! Thanks everyone.
Post by Terry
My slip-on sandals squeaked. The loose nail inside the shoe problem sounded right to me - so, having nothing to lose - I hammered all around the edge of the inside sole. No more squeak!
Post by Beverly
WOW. I had been dealing with a squeaky shoe problem for the last three days. I thought there was something wrong with the rubber bottoms, but couldn't pinpoint anything. The baby powder did the trick. Amazing!
Post by antonio
Thank you all for your posts... a pair of heeled shoes I bought some time ago started squeaking terribly! I know all about the indignity of walking around a quiet office "eeeeking"! Well the baby powder didn't work but since my shoes have a leather crossover piece on the front, I tried the piece of tape between the layers and that worked!
Post by Nicklshort
How do you stop leather shoes from creaking or squeaking when you walk?
I am looking for tips for fixing a squeaking leather shoe.
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?
I have squeaky tennis shoes. How do I stop it?
I have a pair of Nike gym shoes that got wet in the rain now they squeak really badly. What can I do to stop the squeak?
By bunna from Champaign, IL
Put them in the dryer with some fabric softener on a sponge, of you can put baby powder inside the shoe. (08/15/2009)
My husband has a pair of leather squeaky shoes which are very embarrassing to wear. How can this problem be addressed?
By zinzin from UK
WD40! I used it this morning on a pair of Nikes that I hated to wear due to the squeaks and it worked. I love the internet. Trust me, use this, use something. There are a lot of suggestions on this site. There's no reason to have a nice pair of shoes collecting dust. (01/22/2010)
I popped out the insoles and used the WD40 with the straw attachment by the way. It took all of 3 minutes. (01/22/2010)