Anyone who has ever bought a new pair of shoes for fall knows the pain on breaking in new leather boots. These are some of the best ways that you can wear this shoes and avoid the pain and blisters that come with new stiff leather. Before the previous season ends is the best time to start breaking them in because it gives you more time to make sure they are exactly how you want them to be before you actually start wearing them.
If You Have 2-3 Weeks
If you have 2-3 weeks then wear your boots around the house while doing house work with thick socks. Because you are not walking long distances you wont get sore feet or blisters because you are able to give yourself breaks and rest. This will help them mold to your feet without any of the pain.
If You Have A Week
If you have a week try keeping your boots in the freezer- this may sound strange but if you fill two large plastic bags half way with water, squeezing out any extra air, and then placing them inside of your shoes and the shoes inside of the freezer over night that water bags will expand when they are frozen and gently stretch your shoes. To avoid any water damage to your shoes make sure the plastic bags are closed tightly- or even double bag them.
If you do not want to do this technique there is always the possibility of going to the cobbler and getting them professionally stretched. It is a bit more expensive but also probably a bit safer.
If You Want To Wear Them Tomorrow
If you absolutely need to wear those beauties tomorrow the best thing you can do is take preventative measures against blisters, because that is probably what will be bothering you the most. The best thing you can do is to wear a double layer of socks to cut down on friction. Hiking socks work great. Another great way to protect against blisters is to stick a bit of moleskin to the areas of your foot you know are prone to rub against the shoe. Although your feet may get a bit toasty, you will be thanking yourself when you don’t have any blisters.
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