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Offline pirunner

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« on: 07/12/2007 02:39:39 »
What is happening on an microscopic/atomic level when a shoe squeaks? What is creating the energy causing the sound?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 07/12/2007 03:09:46 »
I was always told (an old Hungarian saying) that if the shoe squeaks, you have not paid for it yet ;).

Not that it helps much with your question.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/12/2007 03:43:37 »
i have always found it to be water/slippery-ness
 

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« Reply #3 on: 07/12/2007 04:04:08 »
i have always found it to be water/slippery-ness

No, it happens with all leather to some extent - it happens while the leather is still stiff (some very soft leather will not noticeably do it even when new).

Yes, maybe you will get some squeaking if you are walking on particular surfaces, but that is different from the squeak of new leather.

As to what happens at the microscopic level (let alone the atomic level) - leather is a natural material, and so is inherently a very complex material, and I would not even begin to guess what are the processes going on.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 07/12/2007 04:09:56 »
ah. i've never had leather shoes
 

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« Reply #5 on: 07/12/2007 04:25:07 »
ah. i've never had leather shoes

I refuse to have anything else - plastic is so sweaty.

Leather soles can be a problem (although they have the advantage of being possible to repair), but always leather uppers.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 07/12/2007 16:22:41 »
i'm always afraid they'll be destroyed if it rains or snows... which it does all the time... so i'd be afraid to wear them
 

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« Reply #7 on: 07/12/2007 16:55:49 »
i'm always afraid they'll be destroyed if it rains or snows... which it does all the time... so i'd be afraid to wear them

If you make sure that you polish them regularly, the wax in the polish should protect them.  We have quite enough rain over here to be aware of the problems of leather if it is not treated well, but when treated properly, it will survive the environment for many years, and decades.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 07/12/2007 23:00:26 »
What is happening on an microscopic/atomic level when a shoe squeaks? What is creating the energy causing the sound?

Actually, I was referring to the squeak of rubber soles on hard surfaces. Sorry for the misunderstanding. This should help with the explanation, as rubber is structurally much more simple compared to leather.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 08/12/2007 05:42:48 »
wow... i was right? my brain hurts now
 

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« Reply #10 on: 08/12/2007 17:21:05 »
wow... i was right? my brain hurts now

Yep - you were right and I was wrong.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 08/12/2007 17:24:56 »
Are we talking dry or wet surfaces?
 

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