Who doesn’t like to be the center of attraction? Almost everyone does, but in a positive way and not in an embarrassing way.
A squeaking pair of leather boots is not only irritating to others but embarrassing to you as well. With every step you walk, you rotate even more eyeballs on you.
The squeaking of your leather boots is not a huge problem and can be stopped quickly in the comfort of your home.
Stay with me, and you will come to know how to stop your leather boots from squeaking.
Why Do Leather Boots Squeak?
Stiffness and friction are the two leading causes that make your leather boots to squeak. The remedy should be aimed at reducing friction and making the leather soft. Here are a few possible reasons that could cause your boots to squeak:
- You Just Bought a New Pair of Boots: Leather goes through several treatments during the manufacturing process of boots. These treatments make the leather stiff as wood. That’s why most new boots always squeak when you walk in them. The same stiffness causes blisters on your feet.
- Your Boots Are Wet: Wet boots are highly prone to squeaking. The sole, insoles and inner lining of the boots are made somewhat spongy to keep your feet at comfort all day. These spongy parts of the boots can soak a lot of water inside them. When you walk in these wet boots, this water is pressurized and seeps out of the boots. As a result, your boots squeak.
- Your Boots Are Counting Days: The old dying boots may also squeak a lot when waking in them. Old boots may develop some cracks, the leather may get stiff again, and the sole may have come loose. All these imperfections of an old pair of boots cause them to squeak.
- Tacky Outsole: New outsoles are kinda tacky and don’t leave the ground easily. The tread pattern on the outsoles creates a suction effect with the ground that breaks with a squeaky sound when you lift your foot to walk.
- Manufacturing Imperfections: The sole and the upper part of the boots are created separately. They are later attached together using different methods. This attaching methods is prone to some imperfections and may cause air pockets to form in the sole. In this case, ask for a replacement as no method can help to stop your leather boots from squeaking.
Which Part of Your Boots Squeaks
I have observed that there are primarily three areas on boots that could be held responsible for the squeaky sound: The sole, insoles, and the upper.
You must first determine which area of your leather boots is causing the boots to squeak and then use the methods given in this guide accordingly.
Just a careful observation is enough to know the problem area. You may also ask your friends to put in their suggestions.
Solutions to Stop Your Leather Boots From Squeaking
Once you know which area on your boots is responsible for them to squeak, it’s time to fix it. Don’t be creative here, and don’t use multiple methods. Try one solution at a time and observe the results. If you are not sure what you are doing, take your boots to a cobbler. That said, let’s discuss the actual solutions to get rid of squeaking in boots:
- Take Time to Break into Your Boots: If your boots are new, the squeaking will go away with time. New boots come with stiff leather and sole. This stiffness causes friction when walking, and your boots squeak. It may feel tempting to show them off to your friends but be patient and don’t wear them while going out. Instead, take enough time to break into your boots.
- Soften Your Boots with An Oil: If the upper leather is causing your boots to squeak, the easiest way to combat it is to soften up the leather with some great leather oil. A leather oil will nourish the upper deep and make it soft on your feet. This is something you must be doing every week.
- Use a Boot Dryer: Your boots don’t necessarily need to be drenched in water to squeak. Even slight dampness from your sweat can cause the squeaking. So, you must keep your boots always dry. As it’s slow to air dry your boots every day, I suggest you invest in a quality boot dryer. A boot dryer is very effective at keeping your boots dry and making them squeak less.
- Buff the Outsole: The outsole of new boots is a little tacky and creates a suction effect with the ground when you walk. As a result, boots squeak. You can resolve it quickly by buffing the outsole for a few minutes with a 60 grit sandpaper. Don’t apply any powder, or oil on the outsoles or that may cause you to slip or fall.
- Fix the Soles: The sole may get detached from the rest of the boots over time. Make sure the sole is not coming away from the rest of your boots, especially in the heel area. If that’s the case, use glue to fix this or take them to a cobbler.
- Seam The Insoles: Some leather boots come with a removable set of insoles. These removable insoles, with some wear and tear, may get loose and don’t stay in place when you walk. As a result, they cause the boots to squeak. The easiest solution would be to glue them permanently in their place. Or, get better insoles.
- Use Talcum Powder: If you don’t want to glue the insoles, here is a workaround. If you find the squeaks are coming from the insoles, just sprinkle a liberal amount of talcum powder under the footbeds, and the boots will stop squeaking. This works by minimizing friction.
- Other household items: As you know, to stop leather boots from squeaking, you need to eliminate the friction between the sole and insole. We earlier discussed how you could do that using the talcum powder, but there are other household items at your disposal too. You can use anything to place under the insoles that help to achieve the purpose. Some quick ideas are dryer sheets, a thin towel, a piece of kitchen roll, petroleum jelly, etc. See what works for you.
- Tongue and Laces: In some rare cases, the tongue and laces of your boots may rub against each other and cause the boots to squeak. It is a visible area, and sprinkling talcum powder or using dryer sheets doesn’t seem appropriate here. In this case, apply a small amount of leather oil on the tongue. Coconut oil will also do the trick.
Before You Go
As you learned, the new boots will stop squeaking after some time once broken in fully. But, they may start squeaking again, once they get old or wet.
Regardless of the reason, you can almost always stop your boots from squeaking using the methods given in this guide. The key is to find where the squeaks are coming from and applying the technique to that part only.
If this is a manufacturing defect that is causing your boots to squeak, just ask for a return or replacement, and don’t waste your time and energy fixing this.