by James Miller
Leather is a popular material used in making footwear. Various footwear trends have come and gone, but leather boots never go out of fashion. However, a common issue with leather boots is squeaking as you walk. While squeaky boots are not dangerous for the wearer, they are pretty bothersome and annoying.
Putting up with squeaking boots for some hours is annoying. Many people ignore the squeaky sound and hope it will go away or hope they will get used to it. However, the bad news with squeaking boots is that even if they squeak a thousand times, you will never get accustomed to the annoying sound, and for it to go away, you have to take some action.
At one point or another, you will find yourself online, looking for solutions to your squeaky boots. Of course, before trying to solve the problem, you have to understand why boots squeak and what causes it. Not all shoes squeak, but nearly all boots will squeak, and when this occurs, you are likely to find yourself looking for a solution. So, why do boots squeak?
The squeaking you hear from your boots is sound energy. The sound is created because two or more surfaces are in contact with each other and are vibrating. You might have heard something squeak before, like your car brakes when you are driving. In a car, the brakes should not squeak, and whenever they do, they signify a problem. Friction and stiffness are the two main factors causing your boots to squeak. The following are a few possible reasons why it might happen:
I can tell you with certainty that your leather boots are not made in one step, as multiple treatments are applied to make them as stiff as woos. As a result of this stiffness, your boots may squeak and you may develop blisters on your feet as a result of this stiffness.
Whenever your boots get wet, you can clearly hear them squeak. The inner lining, soles, and insoles of the boots have spongy materials in them, so they soak up a lot of water.
Water is released when you squeeze the sponge while walking, causing it to squeak.
A lot of squeaking is also common with dying boots. A pair of old boots has cracked soles, is stiff, and has loose fitting seams. Squeaking is caused by all of these factors.
Manufacturers are sometimes to blame for the problems. Boots are often manufactured in separate parts and are attached separately.
Due to these reasons, air pockets form inside the sole due to which it squeaks.
It is good for maintaining balance to have outsoles with tread patterns, but the tread patterns create suction when impacted with the ground.
There is a squeaky noise when the suction breaks as you raise your foot to take a step.
In my experience, boots squeak the most in three basic areas, which are:
As explained above, this is because of the same reason. In order to solve a particular problem, one of the following methods must be applied. The methods I’m about to disclose now will help you do that.
Before you start working on any of the ways below, select a working area. You could use your basement or garage; they would be great choices. All you have to do is ensure you have enough space to spread out, and it is easy to clean because there are high chances you will make a mess.
If you do not have space with these features, lay down newspapers or rags on the floor and start working on your squeaky boots.
For this, you need talcum powder, corn starch, or baby powder, and glue, which is optional. Keenly examine the inside of the boot and check whether you can remove the lining in it. Some models come with liners, so don’t assume this.
For this method, you will need a dryer sheet and glue which is optional. The procedure of using a dryer sheet to prevent your boots from squeaking is more or less similar to the one of using talcum powder, but now you will use a dryer sheet or paper towel instead of powder.
You will need a crumpled newspaper sheet for this method, but if you do not have one, you can work without it. Your boots might be squeaking because there is excess moisture in them and not because of the binding between the sole and the upper part. It is common for moisture to accumulate in shoes after a while, especially in leather, because it is not breathable. The sweaty feet could lead to moisture accumulation.
To prevent your boots from squeaking by oiling them, you will have to use either mink oil or coconut oil. Sometimes removing excess moisture from your shoes will not prevent the squeaking sound. It might not even go away by using dryer sheets or talcum powder. The squeaking might be occurring because the leather is rubbing against the sole creating friction.
Not only will these steps nurture your boots, they will also make them more comfortable to wear. I can assure you that there will be no room for squeaking either.
Dealing with squeaking shoes can be annoying, and sometimes you can forego wearing your boots because the squeaking sound puts you off. Try using the methods above to prevent your shoes from squeaking, and if none of them works, which I highly doubt, take your shoes to a professional cobbler.
About James Miller
James Miller is a dedicated individual based in the vibrant city of San Francisco, CA, USA. His unwavering passion lies in the realm of construction, where he finds fulfillment in exploring and documenting various facets of construction equipment and processes. A graduate of the University of California Merced, James holds a dual degree in mechanical and electrical engineering, which has equipped him with a solid foundation in technical knowledge.
With a keen eye for detail and a knack for articulation, James has channeled his enthusiasm into writing about the intricacies of construction gear and methodologies. His insightful writings offer valuable insights to both industry professionals and curious enthusiasts, shedding light on the machinery and techniques that shape the built environment.
James Miller's educational background in mechanical and electrical engineering lends credibility to his work, allowing him to delve into the technical nuances of construction with precision. His passion for sharing knowledge and fostering understanding in the construction field is evident in his contributions, making him a respected voice in the industry.