Having squeaky shoes is an embarrassing and very noticeable problem. Luckily, this problem can usually be fixed quite easily. A squeaky shoe can be caused by several problems, it is always best to try to figure out the problem so that you can save time by trying the right solution the first time.
If the shoes begin squeaking shortly after you buy them, the problem is probably in the manufacturing. Try to return the shoes for a replacement pair. Do this as soon as possible to ensure that you are still able to return them.
If the shoes are older or if you can’t return them, the problem may be either in the shoe itself (the way certain parts rub together to caused noise and friction) or in how your foot rubs against the inside of the shoe. If you usually don’t wear socks in shoes that normally require them, such as sneakers or dress shoes, than the problem is likely in the way your bare skin rubs against the inside of the shoe. To remedy this situation, use baby powder on the inside of the shoe to reduce friction and noise.
The next remedy to try is to check to see if the heel of the shoe is loose. If it is, you can use glue to fix the problem. A clamp or vice grip should be used to hold the heel firmly against the shoe until the glue dries. In cases where this doesn’t work the problem is most likely with parts of the tongue or sole of the shoe creating friction with other parts. Using some type of oil (most shoe stores sell oils made for the specific different shoes are made) can help alleviate this issue by reducing friction. This may need to repeated.
With a few simple tricks you can fix embarrassing squeaky shoes!