Answer Angel: Quieting squeaky sneakers
Published in Fashion Daily News
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have a gently worn pair of black Skechers gym shoes. For the past six months or so they have produced a very noticeable and embarrassing squeak while walking on any surface. They have not been soaked in water. I saw an article online about using baby powder to remove any moisture and thus removing the “squeak.” Is baby powder the only way?
— Barb M.
Dear Barb: Your shoes don’t have to be “soaked” to squeak. Even stepping in a puddle could have caused your problem — especially since your sneakers were quiet at first, then started to make the annoying noise. There are plenty of possible solutions besides baby powder, though I have used the powder ploy with success. Sprinkle it under the removable inner sole that most gym shoes have. (If no inner sole, sprinkle it inside the shoe anyhow.)
— If the squeak sounds like it’s coming from friction with the floor (especially wood floors), slightly rough up the soles with sandpaper. If it’s not a floor squeak that bothers you, try the following…
— Rub a thin layer of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) beneath the insole.
— Throw shoes in the dryer on low for five to 10 minutes with a sponge moistened with fabric softener.
— Try placing a dryer sheet under the insole (insole friction might be the culprit).
— WD-40 is a solution for lots of household problems, including this one. Soak the corner of a rag, washcloth or cotton ball with WD-40 and apply to the outside sole area (not the bottom of the shoe) but use it only on the rubber part, not suede!
— The little silicon gel packets you find in your new purse or inside new shoes are there to absorb moisture and sweat. Toss them inside the shoes for a day or two. Don’t have any? Buy them on amazon.com for $8 and up.
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