Break-In Instructions

Like a great baseball glove, quality leather has a break-in period. It’s normal for new shoes to feel tight around the toes, rub at the heel and pinch a little bit. Because leather is an organic material and it stretches as it molds to your feet, every new pair of shoes requires a break-in period. This is standard practice for high-quality shoes and guarantees your comfort and satisfaction. The first time you wear your new shoes, bring your old shoes with you. If you experience any discomfort, trade them out for your old shoes. Then gradually increase the duration you wear your new shoes to ensure your comfort.


Some things you can do to help soften your shoes and accelerate the break-in period:

  1. Begin by kneading the leather. Gradually move and roll your fingers over the shoe to increase pliability. Focus particularly on softening the heel portion that wraps the back of your foot. This is often the spot where you may get blisters because it’s an area where your skin is very soft. The more time you spend massaging the leather, the quicker it will soften.
  1. Moleskin is an optional addition to add to the back of the heel of the shoe. This soft material is felt on one side and adhesive on the other. Cut a small piece of moleskin and wrap it over top of the heel and cover the back interior of your shoes. It will definitely help to prevent blisters.
  1. Apply Mink Oil, Saddle Soap, Coconut oil or a quality leather softener from your local cobbler to your shoes. Put on a pair of thick socks and use a hairdryer to warm and soften the leather. It will help to contour the leather to your foot.


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