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Liam

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Posted - 01/29/2005 :  11:40:29 PM  Show Profile
I have a pair of boots that suffer from incessent squeaking, located in the centre of the sole. Any of the repair places I tried said - they could do nothing. Is there any chance I could wear the squeak out with time?

Randy Lipson

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Posted - 01/29/2005 :  11:41:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Randy Lipson's Homepage
Fixing a squeak in a sole depends on the original construction of the boot. Some of the lower cost boots today have a molded sole and is difficult to remove in one piece therefore having to replace the sole. Some goodyear welted boots almost always can be fixed with great success. Squeaks can be caused by air pockets in the sole, loose shanks, or two different materials rubbing against each other. It us usually a problem caused by it's original construction.

Randy Lipson
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Brian

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Posted - 01/29/2005 :  11:41:33 PM  Show Profile
shoes that squeak in the sole area is most offen caused by the shank (steel or fiber board) rubbing against the sole. the only way to stop the squeak is to have the sole peeled back and cement added or replace the soles. the squeak is caused by not enough cement holding the shank in place.when the shoe flexes friction causes the squeak anyone shoe care prof.who says they cannot repair does not want to do the job or is an idiot.hope i helped.
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James

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Posted - 01/29/2005 :  11:41:59 PM  Show Profile
There are several reason why footwear squeaks. It can be fixed. Need to know type and name of boots it could be the heel shank or if ita a double sole
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mcline

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Posted - 11/06/2014 :  1:00:41 PM  Show Profile
I have a pair of "Keen Men's Finlay Oxford Lace Shoe - Bison - MSRP $110" exactly 13 months old. The soles on both started squeaking internally about 6 months ago, and are driving me nuts now. The shoes are too old to pay for repair, not to mention the sole does not look like it can be separated, but the shoes are also too new to replace just yet. I believe the steel shank has separated and is squeaking against the rubber internally in the sole. They squeak without inserts as well.

I'm seeking feedback on the following irreversible repair option: I can drill a small hole into the shank area and inject grease into this area. It stands to reason that would permeate and stop the squeak and buy me another year or so of silent walking. Would grease be a bad idea? Though I'm not easily able to inject cement, would that be a better idea?
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mcline

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Posted - 11/08/2014 :  4:49:34 PM  Show Profile
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Originally posted by mcline
I believe the steel shank has separated and is squeaking against the rubber internally in the sole. They squeak without inserts as well.


Upon closer examination, there is no shank in this sole, at least certainly not of metal, however the sole visibly has an air pocket where is has internally separated under the heal. I'm thinking exacto-surgery and cement will have a positive effect. I'll let you know how it goes.
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