6 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 04/28/2003
Posts: 1
Squeaky Boots

I just purchased a pair of boots from Cabelas and I really like them, however, they are extremely squeaky. Any ideas how I could tone them down a bit?

Thanks

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
Posts: 596
Squeaky Boots

If they are made of leather they probably just need to be broken in. I've had some do that to me and after a little use the squeak went away. If that doesn't work if then rub some mink oil in them.

bitmasher's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2002
Posts: 2973
Squeaky Boots

I agree with RatherBe, wearing them around for awhile should take the squeak out.

expatriate's picture
Offline
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 3207
Squeaky Boots

I've found that the best way to break in a new pair of boots is to take them out and beat the living tar out of them. I got a new pair of Matterhorns a few years ago shortly before deer season. After a rainy weekend spent hunting up and down the Idaho mountains through the mud, across streams, etc, they were soaked through to the gore-tex, yet were amazingly comfortable afterward. First time I ever broke in a pair of boots in two days. I think it was the soaking and stretching that did it, and a good treatment of mink oil afterward fixed the leather right up.

It's been my experience that squeaking is often a product of dry and/or stiff leather. Once you get 'em oiled and broken in, they should be fine.

As an aside, I've found it helps to put the boots in the oven to warm them up (but not enough to melt anything!) before oiling them. Not only does the heat open the pores in the leather, but it also lowers the viscosity of the oil and helps it penetrate better. You'll be surprised how thirsty hot leather can be.

[ This Message was edited by: expatriate on 2003-05-14 14:32 ]

Offline
Location: Oregon
Joined: 05/14/2003
Posts: 25
Squeaky Boots

I couldn't agree more with "expatriate". Having a good boot is essential when your covering some miles looking for your game of choice. Breaking in a pair of boots is just as important as selecting a good durable boot. I've never tried the oven trick but it makes some sence. I've always just wore mine around for a week or so and really got them wet and then walked them out dry. And you can never go wrong with oiling them up real good afterwards. When you finally buy them take care of them, as they will be taking care of you for miles and miles.

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
Posts: 596
Squeaky Boots

If you don't like the oven idea I use a blowdryer. That works pretty good too. You have to warm up the leather so the mink oil soaks in real good.

bitmasher's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2002
Posts: 2973
Squeaky Boots

I have used a blow dryer or oven. Oven seems to work better, but beware about walking off and forgetting them! Wink

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Sheep hunting boots.mz1512/12/2007 16:58 pm
Hunting in "backpacking" bootsAdam_R911/04/2013 23:23 pm
which rubber boots to buy??mufan311/17/2011 10:54 am
Hip BootsLittman106/12/2003 05:59 am
Which Hunting boots?federali712/04/2005 15:25 pm