Well made shoes can make the world of difference for the nurse wearing them.
The comfort and support that they provide on a day-to-day basis are beyond value.
Still, even the best made shoes can develop a squeak, particularly ones made of leather.
No matter how comfortable and supportive a shoe may be, when it begins to squeak all love is lost.
This article will provide several tips on how to eliminate any dreaded squeaks, thus restoring your shoes to your good list once again.
What causes shoe noise?
The first thing to consider is the actual cause of the squeak in the first place.
Since there may be several potential causes, it is important to determine exactly where the noise is coming from.
New shoes may squeak because of air in the soles, or the leather needs treating.
Alternatively, old shoes may squeak due to damage, causing material to rub that would not normally do so. Shoes squeaking from the inside may even be caused by the socks you wear!
Once you know the source of the noise, then you will know which method to use in treating it.
New shoes can be notorious for squeaking.
The most common reason given is that the leather is not yet ‘broken in’.
The notion of breaking in leather has merit, but it is not the only solution.
The truth is that the leather needs to be treated because it is either too tight or too dry.
In this case, simply apply some shoe oil or even vegetable oil to the leather. Using a cloth, apply enough to create a thin, even coat — being careful not to soak your shoe in oil.
Allow the oil to soak into the leather for about 5-10 minutes before wiping off any residue with a dry cloth.
Oil will help loosen leather and keep it soft, thus eliminating squeaks.
When older shoes develop a squeak it is usually the result of damage.
When parts of a shoe separate, they can rub together creating all sorts of noise.
The simple way to treat this is to locate the damaged area and glue the pieces back together.
Make sure that you glue the pieces back carefully, matching the correct surfaces together.
Bind the pieces with rubber bands or weigh them down with a book in order to allow the adhesive to dry properly and evenly.
Be sure to use only as much glue as the instructions on the bottle indicate, also ensuring that the adhesive is good for the materials you are gluing together.
Sometimes a squeak can develop between the shoe and the insole.
In this case, there may be moisture under the insole, or the underside may just be worn.
A generous layer of baby powder between the insole and the shoe will dry any moisture, as well as provide a layer of insulation to prevent squeaks caused by the insole rubbing against the shoe.
Powder on top of the insole will prevent squeaks caused by wet feet or damp socks.
Shoe squeaks can be a hassle, but they can also be very easy to fix.
The most important thing is to use the right method for the right cause.
Leather shoes will need regular treatment, but this will help extend their life as well as eliminate squeaks, so it is well worth the effort.
Old shoes will need some extra love and care as well, but it will be more than worthwhile it if it means you don’t throw them away because they have become too noisy.