If you're entering a critical staff meeting, going down the aisle in a silent theatre, or finding your seat in a silent testing facility, squeaky shoes can be more than just annoying—they can be downright embarrassing. Fortunately, it is possible to completely stop a favourite pair of shoes from squeaking. This way, they'll last longer, and you won't feel the need to replace them with a non-squeaky new pair.

Why Do My Shoes Squeak?

Your shoes might be squeaking for one of the following 7 reasons:

  • Your shoes are brand new
  • Wear and tear of old shoes
  • There is water in your shoes
  • The sole is too smooth
  • You're wearing your shoes barefoot
  • Shoelaces are causing squeaking
  • Shoes don't fit properly

The above reasons can cause shoe squeaking in various parts of the shoe. This can include shoe bottoms, the insoles, and the outer parts of the shoes. Even the shoelaces can cause shoes to squeak, including a mix of the above reasons.

Why Do New Shoes Squeak?

Bought new shiny shoes and wondering what's that squeaky noise?

Well, oftentimes the reason for this is that the rubber soles are too smooth. Yes, your new shoes need to break in.

When you're walking on smooth surfaces such as linoleum the smooth rubber will cause the squeaky sounds rubbing against it.

Once the new rubber wears off you will begin to notice fewer squeaks over time. We will cover methods of how to fix this in this article.

Why Do Old Shoes Squeak?

If you are dealing with old shoes (especially leather shoes) chances are that they are simply worn out.

Over time, worn-out shoes tend to squeak due to loose insoles which are moving inside your shoe. When worn out, the soles in your shoes can get loose making them not fit properly and rocking your feet forward.

A loose inner sole and midsole can lead to sole movements inside your shoe. In this case, you might need to go to a shoe repair shop and fit your shoes with new insoles.

Check out our infographic below which takes a further look into “How To Remedy A Squeaky Shoe.”

How To Remedy A Squeaky Shoe