How to Stop Boots from Squeaking

How to Stop Boots from Squeaking

Squeaky boots can be a nuisance, especially if the noise won’t go away. Leather boots are the most prone to making a squeaky sound, but not to worry - we can help you save your boots from annoying you throughout the day.

Why do my boots squeak?

Sometimes your boots may squeak simply from the friction from the outer sole against the ground. Hard soles, such as rubber, are prone to squeak on floors such as hardwood, concrete and tiles.

Another reason may be caused by the insole rubbing against the sole of the boot whilst you walk.

Do boots stop squeaking over time?

Yes, most boots will stop squeaking over time once you’ve worn them in a bit. This may take a few days, or even a few weeks depending on how much you wear them.

It also depends on the material your boot is made of. Leather tends to stiffen when it's wet, and if you wear your boots on wet days, it may cause squeaking to continue.

How to make boots stop squeaking

Depending on what is causing the squeakiness of your boots, there are a few tricks you can use to reduce or eliminate the squeaking.


How to stop leather boots from squeaking


As mentioned, some leather boots may just squeak from the friction of the outer sole against the ground. To prevent this you will need to lubricate the outer soles of your shoe.


Leather boots, such as the Mens Roamers Leather Chelsea boot, need regular conditioning around joints and lace areas in order to prevent friction and squeaking.


Leather is made from animal skin, and much like our own skin, it needs to be moisturised in order to stay healthy. Applying a leather conditioner onto your boots monthly will not only make your boots last longer, it will also prevent the squeaking.

How to stop work boots from squeaking


Work boots are part of a daily uniform for many, and if they continuously squeak it can be extremely annoying. Not all work boots are leather, such as the Mens Helly Hansen Workwear Chelsea Evolution Mid Waterproof Safety Boots, meaning that leather conditioners will not work to prevent squeaking.


If the sole of your work boot is made from rubber, this will likely be the cause of squeaking. Instead of waiting for them to wear down through use, you can speed up the process by simply rubbing the soles with fine grit sandpaper to reduce the amount of friction against the ground.


However, if you think your boot is squeaking from the inside, you will have to use another method. If your boot has removable insoles, take them out and put some talcum powder onto the footbed inside the boot, and place the insoles back inside the boot. The powder will act as a protective layer, preventing any friction, and keeping your boots much quieter.

How to stop wellies from squeaking


To stop wellies squeaking inside, you can follow the previous trick of using talcum powder to prevent friction between the insole and footbed.


However, if the squeaking is coming from the outside of the shoe you can use a dryer sheet on the sole. Make sure your shoes are completely dry, and simply rub the sheet across the sole of the welly, ensuing to get into all the small grooves.


The dryer sheet will add a thin coat of fabric softener to the sole of your welly, which will stop them squeaking as it will add a layer of moisture.


Rubber wellies, such as the Woodland Unisex Violet Adjustable Comfortable Superior Wellingtons, would benefit from this sort of treatment due to the nature of the material.

How do I get my boots to stop squeaking around the laces?

It's common for laces to cause boots to squeak due to the friction they cause on the tongue area. This is a common problem for new boots, but it can also happen to older suede boots too.

For leather boots, remove the laces and rub the tongue with saddle soap which is a soap typically used to lubricate horse saddles. This will moisturise the fabric and reduce the friction.

Alternatively, if your boots are made from other materials, it may be the case that the laces are simply too thick. Opt for thin polyester laces to reduce the amount of friction against the boot’s tongue.

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