Dr. Martens, without a doubt, offers fantastic everyday footwear. However, no matter how well designed and durable your Docs is, there is still something annoying about it— its squeaking sound! How, then, do you make Docs less squeaky?
To lessen or stop Docs from squeaking, you should first identify what is causing it. Once you have already figured it out, you can choose the best technique to get rid of it, which may include using petroleum jelly or baby powder, slipping dryer sheets on the footbed, softening the insoles, or putting your Docs in the dryer.
Aside from these techniques, there's a whole lot more you have to learn to rid your Docs of that awful sound. I'll gladly share them with you in this article, so stick with me until the end!
Identifying why your Doc Martens squeak so much is the first step to getting rid of this annoying sound. There are a couple of reasons why your Docs squeak, and I have detailed them all below.
Now that you have already identified the cause of why your Docs is squeaking, you should start working on lessening or stopping it completely. I divided this section into two parts— fixing the insole and fixing the other parts of your Docs.
This technique is very effective if the insoles of your Docs are causing the squeaking sound. Remove the insoles, put some baby powder inside your boots or shoes, and then put the insoles back.
The idea is that the baby powder lessens the excessive friction between the insoles and the shoes, or it dries moisture if ever there is.
If your Docs' insoles are not removable, consider putting baby powder around the interior or the insole's seams.
Some other alternatives to baby powder are cornstarch and talcum powder. Be sure to put just the right amount.
A new pair of Doc Martens will squeak significantly more than a worn pair. To stop the squeaking, you should speed up breaking in your Docs. We have a guide about breaking in that you can check out.
If you are much more impatient, remove the insoles of your Docs, and sand the bottom so it will soften. Make sure you use sandpaper with 120 to 220 grit to avoid damaging your Docs.
The contact between the insole and the outsole of your Docs can cause awful squeaking. To get rid of the sound, remove the insole and put a smear of petroleum jelly in it.
If you do not have petroleum jelly, you can also use coconut oil. Put some in a cotton ball and apply it just as you would with petroleum jelly.
Another way to lessen the friction between the insole and the outsole is by using a paper towel. Fold it in the length of your Docs and put it between the insole and the outsole. Just make sure that you replace it after a few uses, so it doesn't cause a foul smell. A great alternative is using dryer sheets!
Inspect the heel of your Docs if there is a gap between it and the surface of the shoe. If there is, bind them using shoe glue. You can also ask an expert to do this if you are not that confident.
For instance, when your Docs squeak as it gets in contact with tile floors or hardwood, the bottom may be too slick. Rub the bottom of your DMs with a dryer sheet to lessen the sound. Do this twice.
This isn't the most suggested method, but I'm putting it out here because it may work for you. If your Docs has too much-trapped moisture, toss it in the dryer along with a sponge or a washcloth that has fabric conditioner in it.
Note, though, that you should not leave your Docs in the dryer for more than 10 minutes as it can do more damage than good.
There are some cases when applying leather conditioner can remove the squeaky sound. This is especially true for animal-based leather. If your Docs is made of suede or other materials, make sure you research the right type of conditioner.
It is normal for Doc Martens to create a squeaking sound, just like other footwear made of leather. If you are really uncomfortable with the sound it creates, there are a few things you can do.
Let us recap the solution to Docs' squeaking soles that I shared above:
Fixing squeaking soles
Fixing other squeaking parts of your Docs
If, after doing all these techniques, the squeaking sound is not lessened, bring your Docs to a cobbler or the nearest Doc Martens store near you.