How to Stop Sandals from Making Suction Noise [Fastest Ways]

Written By Mahia

Tired of the constant annoying sound of sandals? Even this issue is so overwhelming that you want to throw away the pair.

Just, calm down!


You are not the one who has gone through this. I have also faced this disturbing issue several times in my lifetime. But when I came to know the easier fixings against sandals suction noise, I felt relieved.

Without beating around the bush, let’s enter into this piece and unwrap those fixes!

10 Ways to Get Rid of Sandal’s Suction Noise

Suction noise arises for various reasons such as trapped air, excess moisture, friction, poor material, manufacturing defects, etc.


The solutions of suction or farting noise vary based on which portion of the sandal is causing the sound and for which reason. That’s why I’m going to explain everything you need to know while stopping suction noise on your own.

Lubricating the soles and beating off the confined air from the inside of the sandal are the two main solutions for preventing the noise. Now, let’s see the products and methods that you can use for solving the louder suction sound issue.

Here are the strategies to pause the sandal’s unwanted noise:

1. Talcum Powder or Baking Powder

Using talcum powder is one of the common fixes to get rid of squeaking noise.

To begin with, take some talcum powder and apply it to the inside seam of the removable insole. Then attach the insole again. Also, spritz some powder at the stitched parts of the shoe.

Sometimes, suction noise comes from the strap joining point. In that case, apply some baby powder or baking powder to that area. If you are out of talcum and baking powder, use cornstarch instead.

2. Petroleum Jelly

It is safe to apply vaseline on the leather soles. Apply a thin layer of vaseline inside the seam of your sandal and in between straps joints. This eliminates the gaps between the soles of the shoes and prevents air from entering and creating suction sounds.


3. Shoe Protector Spray

Using a shoe protector or waterproof spray on a weekly basis enhances the footwear’s lifespan and gives the pair a polished outlook.

Additionally, it solves the problem of farting noise. Clean the sandals and spritz a moderate amount of shoe protector. Then keep them in the air for drying.

It will help to disappear the extra water and noise. Just make sure that the spray is suitable for the shoe fabric whether it is leather, nubuck, or suede.

4. Glue

If suction noise occurs due to the ill-attachment of soles, insert the required amount of glue between them. Consequently, the layers of the soles will be stuck to each other. But do not use excess superglue. Otherwise, the materials will leak and that annoying suction noise will increase.

When suction noise comes from the sandal’s exterior sole, three ingredients are commonly used to solve this problem. And those are:

  • Saddle soap
  • WD-40 and
  • Sandpaper

5. Saddle Soap

Although this item is not so familiar in general, you will easily get this in the nearby supermarket.

Here’s how to use saddle soap on the shoe:

  • Put some soap on a thin cotton cloth
  • Rub it on the outsole of the shoe for about 3-5 minutes.


  • Now walk wearing your sandal.
  • If the sandal still makes the sound, re-apply the saddle soap until you get farting noise-free footwear. This will decrease the friction between the outsole and the ground and thus, the suction noise will vanish.

6. Sandpaper

The usage of sandpaper on sandals’ exterior soles is also similar to the process of using saddle soap. Take two pieces of sandpaper and rub each piece on one sandal. It will improve the traction and solve the suction noise problem as well.

7. WD- 40

This lubricant is so popular for cleaning metal parts and protecting them from corrosion. Surprisingly, it also performs well to make your sandals suction noise free.

Apply some of this lubricant on the outsole, and dry your sandal for at least half an hour. By this time, this material will fill up the holes in the outsole and so there will be no air in those holes causing the noise.


8. Make Rifts in the Insole

Suction noise is most likely a result of trapped air between the insole and midsole.

Poking some holes in the insole favors expelling that congested air out of the sandal. Many companies make very delicate holes while manufacturing the shoes and relieve the users from that irritating suction noise.

If your shoes lack those rifts, make some on your own with a pencil compass or needle. But it’s wise to stay away from poking holes in newly-bought footwear. Rather, you should follow the next step.

9. Exchange the Footwear

A few years ago, I bought a pair of white Dr. Martens and it was squeaking. The pair was totally fresh and so without searching for the fixes for squeaky Dr. Martens I just returned them and got a new squeak-free set.

If you also notice that disturbing sounds are coming from your brand new sandals, You better return that faulty sandal within the stipulated time and take a new one.

10. Replace the Sole

If you identify that the ill-fitting and faulty insole of your footwear is the main reason behind the suction noise, simply replace the sole with a new one. And make sure that the new insole is perfectly fitted and attached to the midsole.

But changing the middle and outer sole is a little bit complicated. So, it’s better to repair those soles with the help of a cobbler.

Why Do My Sandals Sound Sticky?

Sole defects and foot-emerged sweat are the two main reasons for the sandal’s sticky sound. Sometimes, the sticky noise is also caused due to the damped feet or sandals. So, make sure that your sandals and feet are properly dried before you wear them. Also, use antiperspirants or absorbent socks to avert this issue.

Apart from sticky sounds, footwear often produces suction sounds and starts squeaking.

Here are the things that provoke these noises:

  • As the age of the shoe grows, the materials begin to crack slightly and suction noise generates.
  • Poor materials and immature craftsmanship lead to manufacturing defects, which results in unexpected noise.
  • The sandals sound sticky because of the sweaty and damped feet.


  • Damaged soles bring about irritating sounds.
  • Oversized shoes generate noise while walking.

Whatever the reason is, walking with noisy shoes isn’t granted at all in any calm environment. So, prevent this issue by following the remedies described in the previous section.

If you have squeaky boots, get rescued from this disturbance by following the methods of another article, how to stop Boots from squeaking.


I’m sure that you also don’t like to walk in noisy footwear, just like me. Because it bothers you, including the surrounding people.

Depending on the cause of the noise, just follow any of the amends for stopping it.

If you have any further queries, leave that in the comment section and get a logical reply.

About The Author
Since childhood, Mahia is a shoe freak. And this is what lead her to do more research and gather knowledge about shoes.Mahia has always wanted to share her skill and knowledge about footwear with a mass audience, which ended her up in this amazing workplace.When Mahia is not writing, you can almost always find her in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes to upgrade her catering menu.

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