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8 Genius Ways to Get Rid of Your Squeaking Shoes Once and For All
Noisy shoes can make you feel self-conscious every time you take a step. These tricks will silence the squeaks.
Sprinkle baby powder
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Moisture can get trapped where shoes rub against each other, leaving you with squeaking shoes. Shaking a bit of baby powder or talcum powder under the inner sole will absorb moisture. If your pair doesn’t have removable soles, add the powder around the inside sole instead. Check out these 35 extraordinary uses for household staples.
Add petroleum jelly
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Your insole could start to make noise as it rubs against the inside of your shoe. Smear a thin layer of petroleum jelly or lotion under the insole to help the parts rub against each other more smoothly. Read about these tricks for making your shoes last longer.
Rub on saddle soap
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Shoelaces are another common source of squeaking shoes. When the laces on leather shoes rub against the tongue, your footwear could start crying out with every step. Rub a bit of saddle soap or another leather conditioner on the tongue to moisturize the area and calm the noise.
Rub with a dryer sheet
Those cringe-worthy squeaks from rubber-soled shoes can be fixed with a dryer sheet. Rub the bottom of your squeaking shoes with the sheet to cut down the noise. You can also use a dryer sheet to fix shoe odors.
Throw in the dryer
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Add a little bit of fabric softener onto a sponge or washcloth. Toss the sponge, along with your squeaking shoes into the dryer. Make sure not to leave them in for more than 10 minutes though, or you could risk ending up with shrunken, heat-damaged shoes. While you’re at it, get your footwear pristine with these tricks for cleaning every type of shoe.
Soften your soles
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After a while, soles can get hardened, making them more prone to noise. If that’s the case, use sandpaper to rub down the bottom of your squeaking shoes to soften them up. These homemade foot scrubs will make your feet baby soft too.
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Soak a cotton ball with a bit of WD-40 or silicone spray, then apply it to the outside seams of your squeaking shoes. Just don’t use this trick on suede, which could ruin your footwear. Don’t miss these clever ways to stop squeaks in your home. Here are more brilliant ways to use WD-40.
Fix loose heels
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Examine your squeaking shoes to see if there’s a gap where your heels came loose. Once you find the trouble spot, put some superglue in the seam around the heel, then hold it together or use a clamp to keep it tight until the glue dries more. If you’re worried about missing the mark with unsightly glue, take your pair to a cobbler to do the dirty work professionally.
Sources: whowhatwear.com, menshealth.com, laurenconrad.com, mademan.com, journaltimes.com, thefashionspot.com, ehow.com