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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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 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?
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 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?
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?
You could try soaking them in warm water for an hour or so, then towel drying, then wearing them around till almost dry... We used to do this in the 60's with handmade imported sandals made in Mexico or India.
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
Try a Shoe Repair Shop
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
Return the Shoes
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
Hammering The Nails
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
Foot Powder Worked
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
Baby Powder Worked!
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
Baby Powder Worked...
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
Hammered Around the Edge of the Soul...
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
Baby Powder Worked For Me...
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
A Piece of Tap...
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!
How do you stop leather shoes from creaking or squeaking when you walk? I have 2 pairs of the same style and both pairs have developed an irritating squeak.
Joanie from South Africa
A very big THANK YOU to all those kind people who helped with suggestions on how to rid my leather shoes of their squeaks. The baby powder definitely seemed to work for the major part of the day - tonight I will take a hammer to the heels. (03/30/2006)
My expensive Leather Reeboks sometime squeak. So I carefully remove the inner foam cushion of the shoe and apply a THIN film of petroleum jelly or Lip balm to the outer edges only (where it tends to rub). Re-insert the cushion and; Thats it! It tends to get rid of All or most of the squeaks. (04/25/2006)
By Adam D
I was already to drop off my squeaky Johnston & Murphy shoes at a repair shop when I came across this site and decided to try the powder trick first. I removed the inner cushion sole's from both shoes and sprinkled in some Mexsana powder, and behold -instant success! Now I don't have to walk around the office as if I'm auditioning for John Cleese's "Ministry of Silly Walks". Although, for a few hours there is that cloud of white dust that, with every step, puffed out of the shoes. Perhaps less is more. (06/22/2006)
Use Vaseline. My shoes squeaked b/c the insert was rubbing against the bottom and/or side of the shoe. Baby powder works well, but it usually only lasts for one use, b/c it gets absorbed. I coated the sides of the insert with vaseline and it worked great. I've worn them about ten times since then, and no more squeaks. I can walk my office hallways again. (06/27/2006)
Piece of tape worked like a charm on a pair of Danner Acadia Service boots. (07/02/2006)
I wore a new pair to office and it started squeaking! I came to your site for a quick fix. I first narrowed down the cause of the squeak to the inner lining rubbing against my toe nails. The only thing close to vaseline that I had with me in office was my lip balm... And guess what it worked!!! I rubbed a bit on the areas on my foot and waited for a min and viola! no squeaks.. (07/09/2006)
Lip balm in the space between the leather upper and the rubber sole was the answer to my prayers! (07/24/2006)
I've been desperately trying to "wear in" a pair of beautiful green suede L.K. Bennet sling backs for a wedding to get rid of a horrendous squeaking and creaking from both shoes and it was making no difference. Found this site, tried a thin layer of vaseline inside the upper and its stopped... just like that! Fantastic! (07/27/2006)
I own a pair of Nike Jordan 23's; an expensive shoe that has been annoying me for two years now (I actually stopped wearing them because they squeaked so loudly). I slowly peeled back the inner sole and found that the shoes have a air hole in the front and in the back of the shoe. It would appear that when these holes actually get air forced in from the weight of the foot pressing up against the sole as you walk, the entire sole fills with air and produces a horrible squeak. I had originally tried the petroleum jelly thing and lip balm, but only after I put an ample of amount of powder on the inner sole (making sure I completely covered it), that is when the squeaking stopped. I then put the lining back in and everything is now quiet. (07/27/2006)
By Nike Jordan owners
I've been trying to break in these really comfy, but really squeaky shoes for weeks. My only choice is to try and stomp louder than they squeak! I had Vaseline lip balm at my desk and I put that around the heel lining, and it appears to be working! Hopefully this will stay fixed now. Thanks! (08/15/2006)
I start my first day of work at my first job tonight, and I just noticed my new shoes squeak like nuts! Thanks to everyone for the tips, vaseline seems to be working really well. My friend also suggested water, for a quick fix if you don't have any vaseline or baby powder on you, just wipe a little water over the bottoms. Works for a very limited amount of time though. (08/22/2006)
Wow, I can't believe it. I put petroleum jelly all over the outside of my brand new leather squeaky shoes and immediately they have stopped squeaking. Yeah! (09/05/2006)