Squeaking Shoes: How to Repair Your Pair

Squeaking shoes may be due to the insoles becoming detached from the bottom part of the shoe. The compounds of the shoe will rub one against another, leading to the annoying squeaky sound. A loose heel may also make funny noises when you walk. Water accumulation may also cause squeaky shoes, but this will only be temporary until the water dries. If your squeaky shoes persist for over 48 hours, you may try to fix them following a few easy steps.

You Will Need:

  • Glue
  • Rough sand paper
  • Leather/suede conditioner
  • Talcum powder
  • Silicone spray
  • New insole, only if the insole is badly damaged

Step 1 – Identify the Problem

Try to identify which part of the shoe makes the squeaking sound. One or both your shoes may be squeaky. Shoes may be made up of several layers, depending on the manufacturer and the type of shoes you have. There may several layers of insoles and if these are glued together and the glue cracks, they may rub one against another, resulting in a squeaking sound when you walk. Some shoes may also have a shank, which is a metallic piece (e.g. steel) placed between the heel and the outsole. In some cases, the shank is responsible for the squeaky sound. A loose heel may also be squeaky. The treatment you apply may vary according to the problem.

Step 2 – Squeaky Shank Repair

If you identify that the shank makes the squeaky sound, gently take out all the components of the shoe, including the shank. Use rough sand paper on each removed component, to create a proper surface for gluing. If the insoles are badly damaged, you will need to replace these. Apply glue on each side of the insoles and the shank. Allow the glue to dry for at least 5 minutes and then reassemble the shoe. Avoid using super glue, as this will dry and will crack in time.

Step 2 – Apply Shoe Conditioner

If you cannot identify the problem and the shoe doesn’t have a shank, you can simply apply shoe conditioner (for leather or suede, as the case may be) on all areas of the shoe, both inside and out. Alternatively, you can use some silicone spray, which won’t damage leather.

Step 3 – Rubbing Insoles Repair

If the components of the shoe rub one against another, remove all of these from the shoe. Clean the inside with a moist cloth and allow to dry. Apply some talcum powder and let it set for 12 hours.

Step 4 – Loose Heel Repair

If you notice the heel is loose, you will have to glue it back. Apply glue around the heel in the seams. Press on the heel for 5 minutes or until the glue is completely dry. If the heel becomes loose again, you may need to replace it or remove it completely before trying to glue it back together.