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How to Stop Doc Martens From Squeaking
As the owner of a pair of Doc Martens, you know just how great these shoes can be to wear daily. They are the kind of shoes that really give you that extra sense of power and strength. At the same time, though, these are shoes that often feel pretty fantastic to wear on a day-to-day basis. When you stick them on, you notice just how well-designed they are.
However, no matter how good your DMs are, you might have one problem you cannot escape: that squeaking sound!
Unfortunately, finding how to stop Doc Martens from squeaking can be a time-consuming experience. If you find yourself losing a lot of time and effort trying to de-squeak your DMs, then this simple guide is what you are looking for.
Given how iconic and outright stylish these shoes are, the last thing you want to do is put up with that awful screeching sound. So, how can you go about stopping it? What are the main steps that you need to take to make that squeak come to an end?
Why Are My Doc Martens Squeaking?
The challenge to stopping this particular problem is that there is not often one reason why your shoes might be squeaking, and the cause is not always obvious. You could spend a lot of time going back and forth trying to clean up your shoes and trying out every tool in the book to make them stop squeaking. No matter what you try, though, you might just find that your shoes continue to make that awful noise.
So, the main reason why it might happen for most people is the friction being caused between parts of your Doc Martens. However, it could come down to a whole host of other reasons, including but not limited to:
- The shoes have a lot of perspiration which is causing this odd sound to be created.
- The shoes have a lot of moisture built-up by rain, perhaps due to a leak in the shoe.
- The shoes are wet and have been left to soak and have now taken in lots of water.
- There is an excess of adhesive on the shoe product, which can happen during manufacturing.
- An abrasion exists between the soles of the shoes and the surface area of the shoe itself.
Try to remind yourself that there will not always be one simple cause for your shoes making that awful noise.
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Finding the Problem at Hand
The next step is to determine which of the above issues (or other issues) could be causing your shoes to make such an awful sound.
To help you get started, you should take the time to look at your shoes closely. A simple way to find out the cause is to listen for where the sound comes from. You might even want to put the shoes on and have someone sit close to your feet as you walk around.
The closer the ear is, the easier it might be to spot the actual reason for the sound being made in the first place. Many people choose to replace the sole, but if the squeak is coming from the inside, this will not make a big difference.
Walk and listen to the sound of the shoes and try to pinpoint where the sound comes from. When you notice the sound, try and replicate it with specific foot movements and pressure on certain parts of the shoe. Have someone next sit to you as you do this, though, and between the pair of you should quickly work out why your shoes are making this awful sound.
How to Stop Doc Martens From Squeaking
So, the main way to get this problem to stop is to get together a few simple ingredients.
- Talcum powder
- Baby powder
- Thin needle
If the sole is the cause of the sound, just lift the inlay slightly and put some powder on the midsole section. Lay it back done, and see if the squeak has stopped. You might even find that some sprinkling around the edges of your insole can be enough to lift the issue and get your shoes sounding normal once again.
Another solution might be to get rid of some of the air in the sole. To do this, all that you need to do is create a tiny little hole at the bottom of your sole using a thin needle.
Getting your DMs to stop squeaking can seem like an eternal quest, but a mixture of some powder or a quick prick of a needle can be all that you need to bring this annoying issue to an end finally. Good luck!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Carlyn Hayes