Fixing a Squeaky Shoe

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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 page about fixing a squeaky shoe.
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January 20, 2009

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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June 25, 2016

I have Adidas Eazy Boost shoes, but my shoes have started squeaking. How do I stop the squeaking?

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February 28, 20171 found this helpful

This is usually a moisture problem. Idnetify where the squeak comes from, sprinkle that area with baby powder, corn starch, or baking powder. This will absorb noisy moisture, and reduce noise from two shoe parts rubbing together.

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January 12, 2014

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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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

Use a powder under the insole

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March 26, 2012

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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I recently purchased a pair of Nike Air Max sneakers. The left shoe makes a squeaky noise that sounds like air whooshing, every time I walk. What can I do to fix this problem?

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May 16, 2012

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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October 11, 2011

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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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.

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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

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 Suleski 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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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?

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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

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)

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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)

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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 Carol

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September 6, 2006

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

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Baby Powder

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)

By Joan West

Petroleum Jelly

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

Baby Powder

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)

By Glenn

Vaseline

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)

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Tape

Piece of tape worked like a charm on a pair of Danner Acadia Service boots. (07/02/2006)

By jake

Vaseline

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)

By Rose

Lip Balm

Lip balm in the space between the leather upper and the rubber sole was the answer to my prayers! (07/24/2006)

By Kimberly

Vaseline

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)

By Christine

Squeaking Jordan's

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

Vaseline

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)

By Jessica

Vaseline

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)

By Katie

Petroleum Jelly

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)

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October 31, 2010

My boot soles starting squeaking. Is there anything I can do to stop this?

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August 9, 2008

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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April 6, 2011

What can I do to fix squeaky shoes?

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February 27, 2011

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

How do I fix a squeaky pair of Nike Air Pegasus?

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December 7, 2010

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

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

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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