Break In New Leather Casual Shoes without Hurting Your Feet

Break In New Leather Casual Shoes without Hurting Your Feet

“The shoes hurt like hell in the beginning, but now they feel comfortable,”- how many times have you heard statements like this? If you ask me, I am accustomed to them now and often. The leather shoes for men are relatively hard on the feet and causes discomfort. They are responsible for blistered ankles and painful feet.  

The mantra is to break them in carefully. They should never be used directly. Quality leather shoes feature a certain amount of stiffness post the tanning process – as a result, they need to be softened with time. In some other cases, they also tend to become a bit damp and get solidified during the construction.

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Below, we’ve handpicked 4 best ways to boost the break-in process – without compromising the quality of your mens leather casual shoes or your decent wallet.

Focus on the Spots

Breaking in a new pair of cleats is always painful, but some of the pain can be minimized well if you know where to look. Let’s start with your heels; they are an obvious spot followed by tops and sides of your toes.

Blisters are a result of constant friction between your shoes and foot – moisture is the key. Keep your skin well moisturized and hydrated. You can apply petroleum jelly on the anticipated affected areas to check friction.

 

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Chunky Socks

If the above hack doesn’t work, you need to focus on stretching your shoes instead of protecting your feet. Bring out your chunkiest socks, put them over a shoe shaper (or a potato) and place them in your shoes. Keep them inside your shoes overnight and see how they stretch your shoe material.

Heat Treatment

Works best for genuine leather, blow dry is one of the most common break-in hacks that works wonder. If your shoe feels tight on a specific area on your feet, grab a hairdryer and those bulky shoes, I mentioned before. Then, wear the shoes with those socks on and blow dry for around 30 seconds over the tight spot. Make sure, you don’t burn your feet though!

After that, take a walk across the room and let the shoe material lose a bit while the shoes are still hot and flexible. The heat expands the shoes. Once you are sure the material has stretched enough, kindly remove the socks and test your shoes.

 

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Soak It In

If heat doesn’t seem to work, try rubbing alcohol and water inside your brand new leather shoes. Soon, after spraying the concoction on the shoes, put them on for about 20 minutes and see the difference. The studies say if you repeat this method for a couple of times, your shoes will take the shape of your feet. So, why not be hopeful!

 

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No matter how much time shoes take to break in, it’s worth the wait. A little patience does make all the difference. After all, there’s nothing like walking along in your favourite kicks, blister-free!

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