How to Stop Your Leather Boots from Squeaking Forever

Who does not like to be the center of attraction but you would not want a squeaky pair of boots to be the cause for this. A squeaky pair of leather boots brings embarrassment to you and irritation to others. With every step you walk, you rotate more eyeballs on you.

Fortunately, squeaking in leather boots is not a huge problem and You can stop your leather boots from squeaking all by yourself.

There are only three parts of your boots prone to squeaking the most. They are the soles, insoles, and/or upper of your boots. Observe which part the squeaky sound is coming from and apply the tips given in this guide to that part only. Here you are:

11 Ways to Stop Your Leather Boots from Squeaking

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Once you have figured out which part of your boots squeaks, it is time to fix it. Apply the techniques shared below to the problem area only. Try the solutions one by one given below until succeeded. Here you are:

Take Time to Break into Your Leather Boots

Leather goes through several treatments during the making of boots. These treatments make the leather stiff as wood. That’s why most new boots always squeak when you walk in them.

In this case, squeaking goes away after a few days. Just break in your leather boots well before you wear them to work and the squeaking will go away.

Dry Your Boots Well

Even the slightest amount of dampness in the leather may cause the boots to squeak. This dampness may come from a wet environment, snow on the street, or your own sweat.

Regardless of the reason, dry your wet boots every night to keep the squeaking at the bay. If you often found your boots wet, consider investing in a quality boot dryer.

Soften up the Leather

If the squeaks are coming from the upper of the boots, the reason may be stiff leather.

In this case, the solution is fairly simple. Just apply a couple of coats of leather oil on the upper. The oil will soften up the leather fibers making it squeak little.

Use Telcom Powder

Telcom powder is great at absorbing moisture and reducing friction. Sprinkle a liberal amount of Telcom powder under the insoles. Sprinkle some around the edges of the insoles as well. You will immediately notice the squeaky sound faded away.

Use Other Household Items

If Telcom powder is not handy at the moment there are a few other household items that may help the cause.

Telcom powder work by reducing the friction in the boots. The same can be achieved by using dryer sheets, a thin towel, or a piece of kitchen roll. Just place them under the insoles of your boots to stop your leather boots from squeaking.

Buff the Outsole

The outsole of the new leather boots is too smooth to leave the ground easily when you walk. On top of that, the tread on the outsoles creates a suction grip with the ground. When you lift your foot, this suction grip breaks off with a sharp squeaky sound.

You may wait for a few days for the outsole to wear off a little or buff the outsole gently with 60-grit sandpaper.

Seam the Insole

Some leather boots come with a removable set of insoles. These removable insoles, with some wear & tear, may get loose and stop staying in their place when you walk. As a result, your leather boots start to squeak.

In this case, the easiest solution would be to glue the insoles of your boots with the footbed. If they are too damaged, consider buying better insoles.

Resole the Sole

The sole of your boots may come loose over time. It may get detached from the rest of the boots, especially from the heel area. This will squeeze out air from itself when you walk causing the boots to squeak.

To remedy this, use good glue to attach the sole again with the upper. You may even consider taking your boots to a cobbler for a resole.

Fix the Tongue

In some rare cases, the squeaky sound may come from the tongue part of your boots. The reason behind this is the friction between the tongue and laces.

As the tongue is a visible area of your boots, sprinkling some Telcom powder on it is not a practical solution. Instead, apply some leather oil on the tongue and reduce the friction.

Buy a New Pair

This step will require you to shell out some money but once your boots get old, they are bound to squeak.

Old boots develop cracks in them, the leather gets stiff, and the sole gets detached from the rest of the boots. These imperfections blow out the concentrated air inside the boots that causes squeaking when you walk.

In such a case, buying new leather work boots is the most appropriate decision to make. Fixing all the issues by yourself or paying a cobbler to fix them is not worth the money.

Ask for a Replacement

You read it right. If your new boots squeak and it does not resolve after a couple of weeks of wearing them, ask for a replacement.

The sole and the upper of the boots are made separately and attached using different methods. During this attachment, if not done right, some air pockets may form up in the sole. The trapped air in these pockets burst out when you walk and cause the leather boots to squeak.

No tips are useful to stop the leather boots from squeaking if a manufacturing defect is a cause. In such a case, ask for a replacement from your manufacturer.

What’s Next

Now that you know what causes the squeaky sound in your boots and how to remedy this, time to take action. Follow the solutions given in this guide one by one in order as laid out. I am sure you will always be able to stop your leather boots from squeaking.

The key is to figure out what part of the boots is making the noise. Then apply the techniques shared in this guide to that part only. I invite you to check our homepage for more boots care ideas. Thanks.

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Liam Scout

Hey, I’m Liam Scout. I teach my readers how to style boots & shoes with different pieces of clothing and how to take better care of them. Follow my guides to double the charm and lifespan of your footwear. Thanks!