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Q: My shoes squeak―is there anything I can do for them?

A. You’ll need help from a cobbler. Don’t try to fix your shoes at home. Chances are the squeak is caused by a loose shank―the steel piece that reinforces the shoe from heel to arch―or air bubbles that have accumulated in the adhesive that connects the sole to the shoe’s upper. This happens with normal wear and tear, so squeaks are virtually impossible to prevent. A cobbler can install a new shank or reapply adhesive to the sole (for $15 to $42).

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