Crocs are shoes that should allow the wearer to go anywhere in comfy style, but a squeaky shoe can be incredibly embarrassing. Linoleum floors are usually the culprit — shoes that make no noise all day might make a cacophony of sound at every step the next if the floors have been cleaned or waxed overnight. But you can remedy the squeak with an at-home treatment, instead of returning your Crocs or relegating them to running errands or garden work.
Conditioning Your Crocs
Clean your shoes. Crocs are made of a material that can be submersed in water, so fill your kitchen sink with warm soapy water and give them a good scrub.
While the shoes are still warm from the water, pour about a tablespoon of vegetable oil onto each sole. Rub the oil all over the bottom of each shoe and anywhere two pieces of rubber on the shoe connect, like at the heel strap.
Dab off any extra oil with paper towels.
Allow shoes to sit overnight before wearing them. This gives time for the oil to soak in, so you don't risk of slipping.
Test out the shoes on your kitchen or bathroom floor, or any other linoleum surface. If you still hear squeaking, repeat steps 2 through 4.
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- Use a neutral-scented oil like vegetable oil instead of olive oil, to avoid smelling like an antipasto platter. If you don't have oil, unscented hand or body lotion can be used, but it might require a second application.
- Make sure to dab off excess, visible oil to avoid slips or falls.
Based in Washington, D.C., Elle Williams has been a journalist since 2000. She has been published in "The Georgetowner," "The Washington Times" and scholastic papers, among other outlets. Williams studied government and English at Georgetown University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She is currently seeking a graduate degree in film and television and is expanding her writing to include fiction and scripts.
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