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Old 03-25-2008, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Squeeky Boots

Does anyone have a cure for squeeky boots? I have had a pair of Justin 764 work boots for a little over a year and both of them squeek like a child's toy. I've put different insoles in the boots to try to help, but they don't. I wore the boots without insoles for a while and they still squeeked.

Is there anything you can apply to the sole to help? Any kind of oil or cream or something? I'm looking for something good here people. These boots still have plenty of life left in them, they just squeek. I still have the pair of Justin 764 boots I had before this current pair and they don't squeek at all.

I'm pretty desperate and willing to try about anything, so if anyone has any ideas, please share.
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I don't know if it will work for boots, but for noisey saddles you can apply a little talc powder.

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I'm going to try it. Thanks for the tip !
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Go to a nearby tack/saddle/feed store and get a leather conditioner. Get a liquid type that will penetrate real well like Lexol. I get the same problem every once in a while with one of my saddles and it about puts me in the nut-house until I slather it in the right place with Skidmores.
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I've used the Red Wing mink oil for similar problems with boots. It has silicone, mink oil, and a conditioner that softens the leather.
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On my last pair of squeeky leather boots I just go out the old saddle soap and went to town. When I was finished no more squeek.

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So you guys are saying I should get some conditioner and just go all over the OUTSIDE of the boot? Or should I start rubbing the stuff all down on the inside too? Do I (heck, can I?) need to pull up that green strip in the bottom of the boot (not the insole, under the insole)?

I'm definately going to try something. Driving me crazy !
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No, I wouldn't think you'd need to get any inside. Make sure you get a good amount all around between edge of the sole and the top leather (where the stitching is), usually that takes care of it. Anywhere leather meets leather in other words. That's why I said the liquid stuff would be your best bet, it's going to work it's way into the seams.
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On my wildland firefighting boots, (Whites) I use Obenauf's, Obenauf's Leather Care Products

Dang good stuff. It keeps my Whites in good repair. I like to heat the boots in front of a fire, put on the Obenauf's, and leave the boots in front of the fire for an hour or so. Only on the outside. They have never squeaked. You would be hard pressed to find any other product used on a wildland fire deployment other than Obenauf's. There are a few store brands, such as when bought mine at Whistle Workwear, but if you look at the label, it is made by Obenauf's. Right now, it is 5 min. after 11:00, (at nite) and I am going to take my 10 year old son for his first turkey hunt on Friday. In about 3 minutes, I will be putting the above product on our boots.

Here is an article from Wildland Firefighter Magazine.
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I use Obenauf's, Obenauf's Leather Care Products
Me too, like you I read enough about it to be sold on it also. I use it on my Hawthorn (made by Whites) packers and some others for "rough use" protection. I also like Skidmore's. It's mainly for saddles and tack and about as thin as toothpaste but preserves boots too.
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I had a pair of Justin western boots that squeake d and it wound up being the shank inside the sole loose. It would have cost $85 to fix on a new $249 pair of boots so I asked for (and got) a new pair from the store. They squeaked also, we tried several in other sizes (I wear a 14) and they did not squeak. My best guess is I was the victim of a bad run off the assembly line.

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Update:

I purchased some leather conditioner (looked like watered down lotion) and worked it into the boots. I think it helped (maybe I'm trying to convince myself), but there's still a squeek (in each boot). I'm beginning to think it's the soles now. The funny thing is, no matter how I walk they squeek. If I just walk in the balls of my feet, they squeek. If I just walk on my heels, they still squeek.
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Sounds like mine - the steel shank between the inner (against your foot) and outer (aganst the ground) soles that holds the arch in place on mine was not properly anchored and would slide against the leather of both inner and outer soles. Drove me nuts until a bootmaker I use for repairs told me what was probably going on.

I tried all the leather treatments and such and nothing worked.

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