How long does it take to break in boots? Well, how about several hours to hundreds of hours?
When you buy new boots, it is a good idea to break them in before you wear them to work or for hiking.
Even if they come true to size, most of the time, they are going to hurt your feet in the first few or so weeks. Boots take time to stretch enough to conform to the shape of your feet.
The length of time that it will take you to break in workboots depends on a few things. One, it depends on the type of material used, with leather being the hardest material to break in.
The other materials used to make shoes such as faux leather and suede are not too hard to break in. Textile is also not too hard to break in. Therefore, in this short article, let’s discuss how to break in leather boots.
How to break in boots by wearing them – 100 hours
You can break in your boots by wearing them. In fact, even if they come true to size, it is important that you break them in. It is very simple to do so because you just have to wear them a couple of hours a day. The idea is to give the boots some time to adapt to the shape of the feet.
Before you decide to break in the boots by wearing them, check them on the toe area and the heel area. That is where any shoe pinches most. If they feel too tight on the heel area, they will be hard to break in just by wearing them. You may need to take deliberate measures to stretch them.
If you decide to wear the work shoes to break them in, be prepared to wear them daily for about two weeks, perhaps even more. Mostly, we figure that 100 hours should be enough to break in a pair of leather boots. Depending on how much breaking in the boots need, they could take a shorter time to get them to fit you comfortably.
Do not wear the new shoes everyday because that could lead to blistering on your heel area. At the same time, apply special leather oil. The oil has enzymes that can help stretch the leather fibers, thus getting the boots to fit faster.
How long does it take to break in boots fast?
You can break in leather boots fast if you need to. In fact, you can do it in a couple of hours or days. One of the best methods is to pack the shoe with water in plastic bags.
You can then put them in the freezer overnight and let the water in the plastic bags expand as it turns into ice. That way, it forces the boots to expand too.
The results are usually permanent. With this method, it is quite possible to put the boots in the freezer overnight and have them ready to wear the following day.
You may also use heat to break in the boots. Do not use direct, open flame heat. Rather, use a hairdryer to apply heat to the area that you want to stretch. Wear a pair or two of thick socks and as soon as you heat the boots, wear them so that they can stretch.
How long does it take to break in boots? You can take a guess, but again, it all depends on many things.