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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Use a powder under the insole
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By Maurice from Baltimore
Sandpaper the soles.
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've been told baby powder around the soles will stop the squeak.
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.
Apply a liberal application of saddle soap-takes the creak out of anything leather. Follow the directions on the tin.
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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
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.
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
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.
I just bought new $80.00 walking shoes and they have started to squeak. Can anyone help me with this problem?
Karen from GA
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)
Put baby powder inside your shoes. Soon the squeaking will stop! (01/31/2001)
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)
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)
I just tried the baby powder and it worked instantly. Thanks. (05/19/2005)
I just tried baby powder on mine and it worked like a charm. Thanks everyone. (07/31/2005)
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)
I fixed my tennis shoes with WD40. (11/21/2006)
Out of desperation I tried some dry antiperspirant deodorant. It worked a treat! (04/09/2007)
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)
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)
The Vaseline totally worked for me. Thanks! (01/07/2009)
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)
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.
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?
My boot soles starting squeaking. Is there anything I can do to stop this?
By Kevin from Chicago, IL
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)
WD40 did the trick, sprayed inside and underneath insert. (10/14/2010)
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)
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