How to Stop Shoes from Squeaking
Shoes generally squeak when they get wet or when we use them to walk in the rain. But squeaky shoes are very annoying and a source of great embarrassment in public places especially in dry weather. So, instead of throwing away good footwear, fixing a squeaky shoe would make it a lot cost effective. There can be lot of reasons behind the squeaks but usually it is caused due to a section of shoes rubbing against each other. In this OneHowTo article we'll show you how to stop shoes from squeaking.
Dry your shoes
The first thing to do if you want to stop your shoes from squeaking is to dry them well whenever they are wet. If you've been walking under the rain and your shoes are wet, first remove the soles or inserts. After, hang the shoes and the soles in a dry place.
Sprinkle powder in your shoes
The squeaking caused due to friction between the shoe soles and insoles can be easily removed by using some powder. You can use any powder ranging from baby powder to talcum powder and even corn starch.
To correctly apply the powder in your shoes, take out the inner sole, if the inner sole is removable, and then sprinkle some powder underneath it. Then place it back inside the shoes and your squeaking will be gone.
If the inner sole is non–removable then sprinkle the powder at the edge of the inner sole.
For people who sweat excessively especially in the foot region should try wearing socks to stop the squeaking. The moisture from the sweat of such person is the main reason behind the squeaks in the shoes. So, wear socks which absorb moisture and keep your feet and shoes dry. Is always better to wear socks made with natural fibers, so these will keep the sweat away and allow your feet to breathe.
Fix the damaged portion of shoe
Sometimes shoes get damaged at a certain portion such as heels or soles which might lead to squeaking. If such is the case with your shoes then fix the heels or soles with a strong adhesive and soon the squeaking will be gone.
Rub the bottom of shoes with sandpaper
Sometimes shoes make squeaking noise only on certain floors which are slick such as gym floors or office floors. In such case rub the exterior bottom side of the shoe with sandpaper. This will create minute abrasions on the bottom side and stop your shoes from squeaking.
Get professional help
Sometimes all the above measure fail and the squeaking persist in your shoes. This may be due to the steel pieces in the shoes. In such case its best to get the problem fixed by professional shoe maker.
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