Brand new tennis shoes may sometimes get on your nerves with the squeaky sounds, which is one of the most annoying things for people. Imagine you decided to go outside on a beautiful afternoon to play soccer with friends, but your squeaking shoes irritated people in the court, and you felt pretty ashamed.
Do not be upset and throw your pair away. I will show you how to solve this problem with some easy tricks and tips coming from your home.
Firstly, you need to identify which causes the squeaking noise? Because the shoes are new? Or too old? Or manufacturing faults? Or be damaged by water? Knowing the reason is like having the magnet in the barren desert.
Table of Contents
- When The Shoes Are Brand New ?
- When The Shoes Get Too Old ?
- When The Shoes Are Wet ?
- When You Tried All The Solutions, But Your Shoes Are Still Squeaking?
When The Shoes Are Brand New ?
You may wonder why your shoes were squeaking at the beginning, but these awful sounds would gradually disappear as you wear them. To make the shoe bottoms wear out, you can try to grab sandpaper and rub it to the bottom until it feels rough to the touch and does not produce weird sounds anymore. This solution takes less time than wearing it day by day as you used to do. However, you need to check the bottoms after a while to make sure you do not overdo them, which would ruin the pair.
Sprinkle Some Baby Powder Or Cornstarch Into The Insoles
Squeaking occurs when two parts of the shoes rub together, producing friction. You need to remove the insoles out, cover some baby powder all over each insole, and pour some powder inside the pair. Use a fabric to smooth the powder inside. Then, turn the shoes upside down and rub some powder on the bottom of the footwear too. Finally, take a clean cloth to thoroughly wipe the residue off the bottom.
Apply Oil To Your Tennis Shoes
Firstly, apply a small amount of coconut oil inside the footwear after removing the insoles. It will lubricate the insoles and reduce the friction causing the squeaking sounds. If coconut smell is not to your liking, you are free to try other greases such as mink oil, wax, etc.
Secondly, apply some polish oil to the outer surface of the shoes to avoid the friction produced by components rubbing against each other.
Stuff Some Paper Towels Under The Insoles.
Get one or two paper towels, not so much so your feet still feel comfortable wearing the shoes. Take the insoles out, put the folded paper towels in, and put the insoles back again. It helps reduce the friction between components of shoes. Here is the backup plan if you do not have any baby powder or coconut oil at home.
Make Use Of The WD 40 Spray.
Sometimes the air bubbles inside the shoes rub against the materials on top of them. You need to take the insoles out and give the inner shoe parts a good spray. Then shake it a little bit and let them dry naturally for about two days. They should be dry and will not produce noise that drives you crazy anymore. However, never use it on shoes having suede materials.
Rub The Conditioner On Shoelaces And The Outsides
When you notice that the outsides are squeaking, lubricate the outer parts of the tennis shoes with conditioning oil. However, you had better research to find out which conditioner is suitable for your shoe materials. The conditioner will fade day by day, so you should reapply it when your shoes start to annoy you again.
Shoelaces are another common reason for squeaking as the laces rub against the tongue. It often happens with leather shoes. To reduce the noise, you need to moisturize the affected area by rubbing leather conditioners such as saddle soap.
When The Shoes Get Too Old ?
Stick The Components Together
When you see that the shoe parts are detached, use shoe-fix glue to reattach the loose soles to the bottoms. There are lots of glues, but not every type is suitable for shoes. Remember to check the instructions before using or buy a shoe-fix glue to be sure. Do not try to glue them using chewing gums or other gums because it won’t last long.
Visit A Cobbler
It is the last resort if you can’t come up with any cheap solution. However, when your pair wears out, find some experts to help you. You would be taken aback by things they can fix.
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When The Shoes Are Wet ?
Sometimes when your shoes are not dried thoroughly, water trapped between the insoles and bottoms can cause squeaky sounds. There are several ways you can dry your pair:
- Take the insoles out, stuff the clean fabric inside your pair, and air dry it under the sun.
- Check the drying instructions in the shoe tag and the materials if your footwear can be dried in a machine dryer or not. This way takes less time to dry if you are in a rush.
- Use a hairdryer with a low-heat setting. Keep an eye on it as you do not burn your shoes or make them shrink.
- Use a boot dryer if you have one. It is safe for most materials and no more prone to catching fire than a hairdryer.
The other time when you are about to go somewhere filled with mud, rainwater, or wet grass, consider changing to other footwear like rain boots or crocs as excessive moisture could damage the shoes further than squeaky sounds.
When You Tried All The Solutions, But Your Shoes Are Still Squeaking?
- Make sure the shoes fit you properly and wear socks before you put on the shoes.
- If your shoes still have a warranty, you could return them for an exchange and inform the customer care staff of the squeaky pair. It could be a manufacturing problem if the footwear is new and intact.
- Accept the fact that your pair cannot be fixed and buy new shoes.