Squeaky shoes are annoying and can make you feel self-conscious with every step you take.
This is amplified by 1000 in quiet areas and can be very embarrassing.
The good news is that there are a number of things we can do to eliminate this annoying squeaking sound, and I’m going to explain what they are in this article.
So without further ado, lets get right into it.
Common Causes of Squeaking Shoes & Solutions
Unfortunately there isn’t just one reason for squeaky shoes, there are a number of things that can cause this to happen, and one of them is moisture.
Common Cause #1 – Trapped Moisture
Trapped moisture can happen in multiple places throughout the shoe.
Moisture can get trapped literally anywhere in the shoe which is a common cause for the squeaking.
Moisture can build up under the insole and even above the insole if you don’t wear socks.
If you still want to wear shoes without socks, you can put baby powder inside the shoe or even wear a footlet or no show sock.
Trapped Moisture Solution
Drying – There are multiple ways to dry your shoes to eliminate squeaking. You can hang them out in the sun, near a fireplace, or even stuff newspaper inside and leave overnight.
This will draw all the moisture out of the shoe and hopefully stop the squeaking.
I recommend this method above all else because it’s the most effective.
However, that’s only possible if you have time, and if you don’t you’ll have to try some of the on-the-go solutions below.
Baby powder – Sprinkle baby powder underneath the insoles of the shoes. You’ll know if this is the problem if they move around when you walk.
However, you will have to put powder around the outside of the insoles if they cannot be removed.
Paper towels – Another good solution if baby powder doesn’t work is to put paper towels under the insoles.
The paper towels are not there to absorb moisture but instead hold the insoles in place and stop them from shifting around when you walk.
Coconut oil – Rubbing coconut oil underneath the insoles acts as a lubricant.
It will stop the shoes from squeaking when you walk, or at the very least keep the noise to a volume to a bare minimum.
Common Cause #2 – Bottom of Shoes Squeaking
Your shoes will squeak on almost all smooth surfaces if they are well polished and smooth, especially hardwood floors or tiles.
Again, another pain in the butt that causes embarrassment on every step.
Dryer sheet – This should be your first method as it’s simple and easy and you probably have some sitting in your laundry right now.
Rub the bottom of your shoe with a dryer sheet. The downside to this method is that they will probably need reapplying every time you wear them.
Sandpaper – Of course don’t go overboard with sandpaper as you will wear the shoes out a little too much and decrease life span (120-220 grit is fine).
The shoes are squeaking because they are too smooth and polished. You’ll need to roughen them up a little with very fine sandpaper and decrease the amount of squeak they produce.
Common Cause #3 – The Outsides are Squeaking
The outside of the material can rub together when walking and create a squeaking sound.
This happens a lot with leather boots and certainly not the most pleasant sound.
Well one good way to combat this is with conditioning oil.
Conditioning oil – Use conditioning oil on the squeaky part of the shoe, which is going to lubricate the area and hopefully eliminate the squeak altogether.
Keep in mind that the oil needs reapplying every time you wear the shoe and you’ll need to use the right oil for your shoe type.
Common Cause #4 – Shoelaces Are Squeaking
Shoelaces is another common cause of squeaky shoes. Fortunately there are multiple things we can do to fix it.
Solution for Squeaky Shoelaces
Saddle soap – The tongue is probably rubbing up against the laces and causing the squeaking sound.
Apply saddle soap on the front side of the tongue to lubricate the areas where laces meet tongue and it should stop making the sound.
Conditioning oil – An alternative to saddle soap is conditioning oil, but if you go this route make sure it’s compatible with the type of shoe and material.
Bare in mind that you may need to reapply these every time they wear off.
Methods I Do Not Recommend
Superglue – It’s one thing to put coconut oil underneath the insoles or sandpaper the bottoms of your shoe, but when you start applying superglue to your shoe, caulking and things of that nature, that’s when it starts getting ridiculous.
That’s when you know it’s time to retire them and get a new pair.
Putting your shoe in the dryer – Putting your shoe in the dryer does work and can definitely helps remove moisture in a matter of minutes.
However, there is too much risk involved and you can permanently damage your shoes if accidentally left longer than 10 minutes and on high.
Trying to fix a brand new shoe – If a squeak is coming from a brand new shoe and you think applying glue will fix it, think again.
If it’s new it is probably a manufacturer defect, and in which case, it still has a warranty and can exchange it for a brand new pair.
Trying to fix the issue yourself can void the warranty.
Well that concludes this article.
Remember that squeaky shoes can happen any time, anywhere and the tips mentioned in this article should work on all types of squeaks that come your way.
Some can be done on the go and others require a little more time and effort, but nonetheless, they all work great.
I’ve used them and thousands of others have and they are all proven to work.
I hope you have found what’s causing your squeaky shoe problem and found a viable method to solve it.
If you still have any questions and concerns, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments below 🙂