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How to stop insoles from squeaking while walking?

Asked 3 years ago

For anyone who wears inserts, do you get squeaky feet? I know it’s from the insole moving around in the shoe but no matter how many different kinds I use and in any kind of shoe, it’s always happening (and it’s loud and embarrassing!). I need cushioned insoles and some flexibility in my shoe for my PF. How do you stop this?

Upstep Team

Upstep Team

Friday, May 28, 2021

If your inserts squeak excessively, it indicates that they don't fit well, so they aren't offering you the best support. The most obvious solution is to source more tightly fitting insoles.

Our recommendation is to get yourself a pair of our custom orthotics. They're made using a mold of your foot to give you the right fit and proper support you need. At Upstep, we offer custom insoles for various conditions, which are comfortable to wear for long periods and help the root cause of your problem.

The added benefit of fitting perfectly between your foot and your shoe is that there's no room for squeaking!

Jaycee Madden

Monday, June 28, 2021

Try putting one of these under your insert: talc powder, duct tape, moleskin, or a dryer sheet. You could also spray with silicone spray, or bevel the sides of the insert. The real issue is that the insert is moving in the shoe and creating friction. If it is a custom-made insert you shouldn't have this problem.

Abeera Maham

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The friction from the device in your shoes causes squeaky orthotics. Some extremely basic solutions is to lubricate. Apply talcum powder generously beneath and over the device, or rub a candle around the edges.

If that doesn't work, consider the following alternatives:

  • Apply duct tape or moleskin on the underside of the orthotic's distal end. The tape eliminates the squeak by reducing the abrasion friction of the orthotic against the insole.
  • Another fantastic approach to stop the squeak while also deodorizing your running shoes is to place a dryer sheet under the device.

Emanuel Rojas

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Friction between the insert and your shoe causes the squeaking noise. If you want to avoid squeaky heels, consider adding talcum powder to your shoe to reduce friction. You can also apply duct tape or candle wax to the edge of your insert before using it with your shoes.

Lamar Winters

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Often the squeaking noise is due to the orthotics moving around in your shoe as you place your weight onto your foot. You can make use of a small piece of double sided tape to secure the orthotic down to your shoe. This should stop the insole from moving around within the shoe. Adhesive spray could also be considered as a potential way to solve the problem you are facing. This can be applied to the underside of the orthotics before placing them into your shoe of choice. 

You can also make use of talcum power to dry up and create friction in the area in an effort to stop the insole from moving around in the shoe. It is important to consider if the insole is too small for the shoe, as this could be a potential reason for your insoles moving around. One should consider the age of the orthotic and if the material has worn down over long periods of use. Tightening up the laces of the shoes to ensure a snug fit can also be attempted to stop the squeaking noise from your insoles. Refrain from tightening the shoe to such a degree that discomfort is felt.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Friday, October 28, 2022

Squeaking insoles are often a sign that your insoles do not fit properly. This is often the case with over-the-counter insoles that come in specific sizes and arch heights and need trimming to fit. It may be best to make a custom insole that factors in your exact foot need to stop the squeaking permanently.

Adan Haney

Thursday, January 18, 2024

To prevent insoles from squeaking or sliding while walking, you can try these steps:

  • Inspect Insoles: Remove and check for wear or damage.
  • Clean and Dry: Wash with mild soap, rinse, and let them air dry completely.
  • Apply Powder or Lubricant: Use talcum or silicone-based lubricant to reduce friction.
  • Reinsert Snugly: Securely place the dry and treated insoles into your shoes.
  • Test and Adjust: Take a few steps to check. Readjust or add extra protection if needed.
  • Consider Pads: Use adhesive-backed felt or moleskin pads for additional barriers.

If the issue persists, you can always consult a shoe specialist or podiatrist for further assistance.

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