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Stop Shoes From Squeaking- Proven Methods To Silence Squeaky Shoes

Stop Shoes Squeaking

Are you planning on buying another pair of shoes for your child because they keep making a squeaky sound? Squeaky shoes can be annoying and create embarrassment for both children and adults. Once I finish fitting a child in a pair of shoes, I send them off for a test run!  They walk through a hallway while they think about how their shoes feel, and then they are asked to run back. Sometimes kids will hear a squeaky noise from the shoes and say, “This pair doesn’t work, it makes noises when I walk!”

Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of that annoying squeaky sound and this method will work for adult shoes as well! Never get rid of a pair of shoes because they squeak! While there can be several reasons for your kids’ shoes squeaking, one of the main reasons a shoe squeaks is because the shoe is either too long or too wide, and you can get rid of the annoying sounds by simply providing your kid with the correct shoe size! Through this post I explain the reason why shoes squeak and the best proven methods on how to stop shoes from squeaking.

You might be asking yourself: How can I make sure my child is wearing the correct shoe size? I created a post where I explain exactly how to tell if your child is wearing the correct shoe size! The post is called:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

What Is The Cause Of Squeaky Shoes? Prevent Noisy Shoes!

The primary cause of squeaky shoes is getting the wrong shoe size. As mentioned before, shoes that are too long or too wide are a direct cause of squeaky shoes!

Another cause of squeaky shoes is created by the friction between the inner sole and the sole of the shoe. Did you know that the type of floor you walk on can have an effect on the traction of the shoes? Make sure you have your child wear the shoes around different surfaces in order to soften the shoe and reduce the squeak.

I have also noticed that certain shoes will only squeak when wet. If the shoes have gotten wet recently, make sure you dry them out and apply some powder in the shoes in order to absorb any leftover moisture.

Not wearing socks with shoes can also be a cause for squeaky shoes! I know many children don’t like wearing shoes with their socks, but this could be the cause for your kids’ shoes making noises. Socks play a huge role in keeping our kids’ feet healthy. There is a post that explains why socks are important and how to make sure your child is wearing the correct sock size. The post is called:

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?

Noise From Shoes

How Can I Stop My Kids’ Shoes From Squeaking? – Learn The Secret!

Before you try the methods I recommend please make sure your child is wearing socks with their shoes. Socks will absorb moisture and they act as a barrier between our feet and the shoes to prevent infections. The moisture caused by our feet sweating might be one of the reasons why your kids shoes might be squeaking. If you are wearing socks with your shoes and they still squeak, try one or both of these simple, straightforward proven methods:

First MethodBaby Powder For Shoes

Your first attempt should be to put baby powder in your shoes. You will have to remove the inner sole and then spread it evenly throughout the shoe. Put the inner sole back and have your child test them out!

The powder works on reducing moisture which leads to less motion between the liner and the shoe. Baby powder has been proven to work for a lot of people, but if it doesn’t, try my second recommendation.

I always recommend this method first since it has proven to be one of the most effective methods. Also, a lot of parents might have this product at home already, so they won’t have to invest in a new product! Try this method and let me know how it works in the comments section below!

Second MethodWD 40 Sale

Try the product WD-40 which will displace moisture and lubricates almost anything. You can get this anywhere: a
hardware store, Target, Home Depot, or if you like the convenience of shopping from home; you can get it at the lowest price from Amazon.

Before you apply this product to the shoe make sure you shake the bottle several times.  Spray it inside the shoe where the heel is and around the toe area. Make sure you remove the inner sole before you apply the spray! Wait 5 minutes for the product to soak in through the material. Put the inner sole back in and have your kids’ try them out!

This will definitely work, and you will be surprised at the amazing results!

Keep in mind that certain shoes might squeak from being poorly made, such as a manufacturer defect. If you have tried both of my methods and the shoes still squeak, consider taking them to a shoe repair shop to get a professional opinion.

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Prevent Shoes From Squeaking

Shoes play a huge role in keeping our kids’ feet healthy. If our kids’ are not wearing the correct pair of shoes, it will lead to several foot issues. Are you sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size? Do you know which are the best children’ s shoes?

Kids’ should wear good, supportive shoes to support their everyday activities. Providing our children with a substantial, supportive shoe will protect his or her feet and legs from injuries. I wrote a post where I describe the best children’s shoes. The post is called:

The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Ages 3 Through 10

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children in terms of durability and support. They also come in different widths such as MEDIUM,WIDE, and EXTRA WIDE widths!

The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).

This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Is your child wearing a pair of shoes that keeps squeaking? Are you ready to throw them out? Have you tried any of these methods before? Have any of them worked? I will love to hear about your experiences with squeaky shoes and if you know another method that works please let me know in the comment section below so we can all benefit from your experiences!


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12 Comments on Stop Shoes From Squeaking- Proven Methods To Silence Squeaky Shoes

  1. Nice! I’ve never read an article on squeaky shoes. I would advise you to keep up the good work here. I always like reading about strange and odd things that pop into my head. Seriously! Today I was just sitting down at work bored and started thinking about what the benefits of eating sunflower seeds are. Or, the Health benefits of a Granny smith apple. Or, Why are crows so annoying? Through this I was able to discover the history of crows and come to find out they are some of the smartest creatures on the planet!

    But I digress. I’ve had squeaky shoes before. Usually I just ignore it but it is a bit embarrassing. I have no idea why though. Thanks for the tips and keep ’em comin! 🙂


    • Stu,

      I am glad that you found the information valuable! I actually believe is a problem that most people don’t know the solution to, that is the reason why I created the post! I will keep them coming!

  2. Wow,thanks for these great tips to stop shoes from squeaking. I never really thought about why they squeak or how to stop it but when my kids are running around squeaking all over as they go… well I just make sure when they take those shoes off they go into the pile of things to donate to charity.
    Thank you, this will save me a big chunk of money.

    • Lynne,

      I agree with you on the saving money part! Now you won’t have to throw them away or donate them!

  3. I never really put much thought into why shoes squeak, but the moisture from sweat and water makes perfect sense! Baby powder is something I always have around my house these days, so I will have to give it a try! WD40 is another great option, but is it okay to spray that chemical into a child’s shoe?

    • Tiffany,

      Yes, it is okay to spray WD40 into a kids shoe. However, If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, try baby powder first, since you already have it in the house anyways! Let me know how it works out!

  4. Shoes squeak because of friction between the inner sole and the sole of the shoe. Even the type of flooring can determine if the shoe will squeak or not. You can always apply powder inside the shoe to absorb any excess moisture. Take out the inner sole, spray the heel and the toe with WD40 and let it sit for 5 minutes then put the inner sole back in. Of course the shoes might just be faulty and in need of repair.

    • That is great advise and information! I am glad those methods have worked for you too! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Very interesting. My son’s shoes are always squeaking and I guess I really didn’t think there was anything that could be done. He doesn’t like to wear socks though so I am not sure if the fixes will work. It is worth a try though as I do have baby powder and WD40 on hand. Heck, WD40 works on a lot of other things to stop squeaks, I found it very interesting that it would work on shoes 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for this article! I had stopped wearing two pairs of shoes because they squeaked loudly when I walked. I used baby powder as you directed and the squeak is gone!

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