how to break in leather shoes.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

how to break in leather shoes

i recently waved the white flag on a pair of last year's boots that i can't seem to break in. my beloved shoe guy stretched the toe box twice and my tender slender feet still get blisters. bloody socks tested my patience and i asked him if there was anything left to do.

he smiles at me like i'm an idiot (probably true), takes one boot in his hands, and pulls a mr. miyagi move on the sole. the sound of taut leather brought me great joy after the pain these boots have inflicted.

i watched every move he made, karate kid style, and walked home in my now broken in boots. he has a fake bonsai tree in the window hence the whole ralph macchio vibe upon entrance. anywho.....

1. assuming the shoe fits correctly, blisters on the heel are likely from heel slip. bend the shoe upwards to snap the sole into having some give when you walk. this way the sole bends as your foot bends and minimizes heel slip.

how to break in leather shoes

2. forcefully massage the sides and heel of the shoes until they no longer feel as rigid. my shoe guy went so far as to turn the heel inside out. a quality leather shoe can withstand the beating, and better you than your feet.

how to break in leather shoes

don't toss your band-aid stash or anything, but hopefully you'll be walking with a bit less pain.

17 comments:

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

thanks for the advice!! great post.

Unknown said...

First you saved me this summer with the simple syrup for iced coffee, now you saved me this winter with the breaking in the shoes. I used this on a pair of flats I love but desperately but just couldn't get to fit. THANK YOU THANK YOU (for the coffee and the shoes)

Smith And Ratliff said...

The best (crazy) shoe tip I know: If you're having trouble stretching out the toebox, peel a potato and cut it to fit into the toebox. Stuff the rest of the shoe with newspaper (so that the potato is as firmly jammed in the shoe as possible). Leave overnight. Sounds absolutely nuts, but I swear it works! (Karate Kid cobblers do the trick too!)

rebecca said...

smith and ratliff-
doesn't sound nuts! thanks for the tip.

kate said...

How interesting! Thanks for the advice! (And now I am all intrigued by the potato tip).

Alessandra said...

Sounds promising, let us know if they're getting better.

With future new shoe pain in mind, I pinned this earlier today to keep in mind: http://pinterest.com/pin/88735055129751504/
Various other tricks there too.

Jess said...

Awesome post. Nice to see a helpful post amidst all the DIY Christmas decor =)

rebecca said...

alessandra-
awesome. thanks!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Genius! I used to throw my shoes in the oven–never trust a former ballerina to have logical responses to bloody toes.

Tanara said...

Thanks for the tip. I also use foot cream (or olive oil) inside leather shoes. It softens it a lot. Helped me with my Hasbeens. :)

itsdifficultbeingme.com said...

Great tip! Your blood-filled boots comments reminds me of a Friends episode. I believe Monica uses that term. :)

Susan said...

Wow good tips...I have a few bloody boots too!

Haley Rogers said...

Ahh I have a had a pair of Fryes for over a year now and they murder my feet. This is the best! fingers crossed!

Jessie Ammons said...

Brilliant!

Bows and Sparrows said...

This just altered the world as I know it. Thanks!

Windsor Grace said...

Thank you so much for the advice! This is wonderful. I still have Dr. Marten scars from middle school

Peter said...

Thanks mate for sharing your experience and giving us such good tips to the people who use leather shoes or leather sandal.

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