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Why Do My Heels Squeak When I Walk | 9 Reasons

For me, there is nothing more embarrassing than walking in squeaky heels. Imagine yourself all dressed up, looking classy and elegant, all set to make your first impressions, and your heels start squeaking.

As troublesome as it may sound, you can fix this problem very easily at home. But before fixing, it is important to determine which area is problematic and what is the cause.

So, in this article, I have described 9 reasons why heels squeak when you walk and the solutions to those problems. So, without any further ado, let’s begin.

The Heels May Fit Loose  

The most common reason why heels squeak is a loose fit. If your heels are loose, there will be a gap between your foot and the shoe. So, every time you take a step, there would be a noise due to the excessive gap.

Try to return loose heels as soon as possible, but if you can’t, then don’t worry. I have a solution for you. Apply superglue in the shoe and let it dry completely. Super glue can be applied at the bottom to fix the insole or anywhere in the shoe where you want to fill the gap.


Why Do My Heels Squeak When I Walk?

Pointed Tips

Some heels have pointed tips that may look classy and stylish, but sometimes they squeak also. To fix this problem, use high heel caps. They are basically small caps that fix at your heel’s tip.

They are available in so many different colors, so don’t worry, your heel’s look won’t get ruined. Heel caps reduce almost 80% of the noise, and also, they offer great friction so you can walk more comfortably.

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The Noise May Be Coming from the Outsole

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Sometimes it is the bottom of the shoes that makes weird noises while you walk. Walk a few steps and locate exactly where the noise is coming from. If it is the outsole, then grab a piece of the rubber outsole.

Cut it according to the shape of your heel’s bottom and stick it there. This, apart from reducing noise, also provides slip resistance. Also, it cushions your foot, preventing any harsh impacts on the ground.

Moisture Is the Biggest Enemy

Moisture is the biggest enemy when it comes to squeaky heels because it is not obvious. You may try a thousand methods to stop your heels from squeaking, but the moisture remains undetected. Moisture occurs in areas where shoes and feet rub against each other.

The trick to getting rid of the moisture is very easy. Remove the insoles first because moisture is most commonly present beneath the insole. Now sprinkle either talcum powder, cornstarch, or baking powder generously in your heels.

Leave it overnight, then tap off the access, put the insoles back in their place, and your shoes are ready to be worn.

There Could Be Water Trapped Inside

Sometimes the reason why your shoes make noise when you walk is water hidden somewhere. To fix this, you would have to throw your shoes in a dryer. One tip for you is to pour some fabric softener on a sponge and put it inside the dryer along with your heels.

Run for around 8-10 minutes or less, depending upon your heel’s fragility and sensitivity. Don’t leave your shoes for more than 10 minutes in the dryer as they will get shrunken due to heat.

Brand New Heels Needs Some Special Treatment

Brand New Heels Needs Some Special Treatment

Sometimes your new pair of heels would make squeaky noises. Don’t worry most of the time, the situation is fixable, so don’t panic. Again, I would say to walk for a couple of minutes wearing the heels to exactly locate the problem.

Mostly, the insoles of the new heels are squeaky. If this is the problem with you, take sandpaper and rub it on the insoles to make them rough. Rough insoles have increased friction, which finishes the noises.

As new insoles are slippery, they may slide over the heel’s bottom, making a squishy sound every time you walk. Take a dryer sheet, cut a small portion, and place it under the insole. This will also help in reducing the moisture.

New pair of heels that hug your feet tightly make a squeaky sound due to the rubbing of your foot with the shoe. In such situations, wear socks or leggings with your heels a few times. This will result in stretching of the shoe so your foot will have room to breathe.

For leather: spritz inside and outside of the shoe with room temp water. Then wear them until they are dry. Shoes will mould according to your foot size and shape.

Pay Attention If the Heels Are Worn Out

One question that I have been asked the most is why do my heels have suddenly started squeaking? You should ask yourself this question. Look at your heels carefully and identify where the problem is.

Usually, what happens is that the metallic tip of the heels gets exposed due to overuse. The exposed tip hits very hard on the ground and makes noise. You can fix this problem by gluing the felt fabric under the tip. Once the felt fabric has faded with time, reapply it.

Treat for Air Bubbles When No Problem Can be Identified

If you have examined your shoe thoroughly, have even used some tricks, and have received no fruitful outcome yet, then air bubbles maybe your issue. In this situation, massage your insole gently to remove the trapped air bubbles beneath it.

Structural Problems

Most of the time, there is a manufacturing error in the shoe. It could be a loose shank or sole or even heel counter. In such a situation, no tip or hack would work for you other than going to a professional.

If you want to give it a try yourself, then spray WD40 or apply hand lotion on the insole and see if it works. But the only solution to fix manufacturing default in a shoe is to give them to a cobbler for mending.


Squeaky heels are a big embarrassment and can ruin your mood. I hope by now you would be having an idea of how to stop your heels from squeaking when you walk.

You just have to follow some simple steps, and your shoes will be all quiet and classy. An important thing to consider is that you should locate exactly where the problem is. Once you do, you can fix your squeaky shoes at home like a pro.

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