How to Stop a Pair of Shoes from Squeaking

Written by jeffrey brian airman
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How to Stop a Pair of Shoes from Squeaking
Separation between the sole and upper often causes a noticeable squeak. (shoe image by jeancliclac from

You can quiet a pair of squeaking shoes by making minor adjustments to the shoe's upper and sole. Old and new shoes squeak when parts of the shoe material rub together as the wearer walks. Excess moisture or dried-out leather and rubber are often the cause of a squeaking shoe. When a loud squeaking sound is emitted from shoes, it can draw attention and cause embarrassment to the wearer. Remedy a pair of noisy shoes by trying a few simple fixes with common household items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hair dryer
  • Flexible waterproof adhesive (such as Shoe Goo)
  • Leather conditioner
  • Baby powder or cornstarch

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  1. 1

    Dry out wet shoe uppers that are squeaking using a hair dryer that is set to high wind velocity and low heat. Test the shoes by walking around in them once the uppers have fully dried.

  2. 2

    Examine the construction of the shoe and how well the sole is attached. Use a flexible waterproof adhesive to reconnect a loose sole. Allow the glue to fully cure according to the manufacturer's directions before testing the shoe for squeaks.

  3. 3

    Clean and condition a leather shoe upper to moisturise the leather and make it softer. Even new shoe leather can benefit from softening leather conditioning oils.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle a teaspoon or two of baby powder or cornstarch inside each shoe and shake the shoes vigorously from side to side to spread the dust. The powder will absorb any moisture that may be causing the squeak.

  5. 5

    Take the squeaking shoes to a cobbler if they continue to make noise after you have tried these home remedies. Demonstrate the squeak for the cobbler and ask for an estimate before agreeing to the repairs.

Tips and warnings

  • Change socks whenever they get wet and sweaty to avoid collecting moisture in shoes, which will cause them to squeak.

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