Last Updated on April 21, 2018 by Jack Sanders
Most work boots are made using leather which is a naturally hard material that has to adapt to the form of the worker’s feet. Taking into consideration that most feet are different, manufacturers can only make a standard boot design with the hopes that later it will adapt or ”break in” to the form of the owner’s feet.
The thing is that the time that the work boots take to break in (known as the ”break in period”) can take many weeks, even months. And, during that time, the worker suffers a lot as the boots are stiff and don’t fit properly.
Hopefully, in this article, I’ll give you the step by step process on how to break in work boots quickly, so you can speed up this process and enjoy your new work boots as soon as possible.
Before Doing Anything
Most workers think that they can buy any type of work boots as after the break in period is done they will end up being comfortable.
But that is far from the truth, there is one thing that you must keep in mind before buying and that is the fit. Otherwise they boots won’t be comfortable neither before or after the break in period passes. Not to mention the frustration that you will have for having wasted your money on a pair of expensive boots that will never be comfortable.
So, to avoid all this trouble, you must have the guarantee that the work boots fit correctly. Try them on with both narrow and wide socks to have the assurance that they fit in the right way. If you ordered them online and they don’t fit, just send them back and ask for a change, don’t be lazy in this!
Also, you can just re-buy the same model of your previous work boots if you need to get a new pair.
Step 1: Pre-Breaking
Most work boots will be stiff for at least the first week no matter what you do to loosen them up. So, using them for a few hours a day before putting your ”main” pair of work boots would be a good idea. As in this way, the leather’s fibers would gradually adapt to your feet and by the time this first weekends, the new pair would already be broken in.
Secondly, you could use a couple of socks one over the other to demand the boots to be stretched as in that way the boots will break in faster.
Finally, you can just bend the boots with your hands as hard as possible every time you put them on and off, so you help the fibers to loosen up.
Step 2: Gradually Increase Usage
Once you used the work boots for only a couple of hours a day for a few days/weeks, then you can start to increase their usage as the leather’s fibers will give in to adapt to your feet.
The ideal situation is for you to follow the step 1 for the first week or so and the second one for the following week.
In my opinion, that would be the best way to speed up the break in process.
Step 3: If The Boots Remain Uncomfortable
There are work boots made with such stiff materials that remain uncomfortable even after following the previous steps I just mentioned.
For these types of work boots, the only thing you could do is just follow additional methods that help you deal with this awful situation.
A great way to bring comfort to your feet when you are breaking in a pair of work boots is using additional insoles that will cushion the base of your feet in every step.
Even though you will still have the pain to cope with, a great deal of it will be erased by the support and comfort provided by these insoles.
Pro Tip: How To Prevent Chafing When Breaking In The Boots
Chafing is hard and, many times, inevitable.
As you use a brand new pair of work boots, the stiff materials are going to press over and over again your soft feet skin, which will be damaged.
A great way to prevent chafing is just putting moleskin on those friction points of your feet that you know are going to get hurt over time.
In that way, this aid material will act as a barrier that will keep your feet’s skin safe from the repetitive friction that provokes chafing.
So, put your work boots on, feel where those pain points are and just put moleskin.
It doesn’t matter if you cover your entire feet if it does prevent chafing from happening, right?