How to stop squeaking running shoes

Written by kristy barkan
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How to stop squeaking running shoes
Don't trash those squeaky shoes -- they can be fixed. (Womens running shoes image by Stephen VanHorn from

Squeaky shoes can be an unwelcome distraction from the quiet solitude of a morning jog. If you have a pair of uncommonly noisy running shoes that you've been thinking of tossing, pull them back out of the closet. The irritating noise is usually caused by friction beneath the inner sole or from the contact of a too-smooth outer sole with polished surfaces. Either way, it should only take a few minutes of your time and a couple of ordinary household items to fix the problem.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Baby powder
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Remove the insoles from the shoes and set them aside.

  2. 2

    Pour roughly 5 tbsp of baby powder into each shoe.

  3. 3

    Hold one of the shoes up and tilt it to the left, tapping the right side to spread the baby powder across the inner sole. Continue tilting and tapping in each direction until the bottom of the shoe interior is covered in a layer of baby powder. Do the same for the other shoe.

  4. 4

    Examine the inner soles to ensure that all spaces and crevices are filled with powder. Add more powder if needed.

  5. 5

    Tilt each shoe back to gather the excess powder in the heel, then pour it out over the garbage.

  6. 6

    Replace the inner soles and press them firmly into place. The shoes should now be squeak-free.

  7. 7

    Rub the outer sole of each shoe with sandpaper if the squeak is a result of too-smooth rubber bottoms. The sandpaper will roughen up the soles so they no longer make noise when they contact polished surfaces.

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