The breaking-in period: a time all shoe-lovers dread. Are the shoes a bit too snug on the sides? Are your joints starting to ache? You’re confused altogether because of the pain. Blistered ankles, aching toes, that tiny ounce of regret for even purchasing the shoe, (That Oh-God-What-Have-I-Done moment) – you name it.
Lucky for us, even the toughest of leathers can be molded to fit your feet to a T. It all boils down to patience… and a few tricks we’ve got up our sleeve.
Is there a shoe exempted from this period, you ask? The answer is no. From dress shoes to running shoes, they all require some breaking-in to do. Consider it as part of your initiation towards fashion glory. It’s tough, it needs to be done but it’s always worth it.
Fortunately, we’re with you throughout the whole process and here are a few tips to make things much easier:
The Golden Rule
Do not wear your brand new shoes out for an entire day. It’s best to try walking around the house first. You can use the shoes going up the stairs, while sitting down or doing your chores. The key is to wear the shoes in short spurts which speeds up the breaking-in process without causing you a load of pain. This is the safest breaking-in method if you’re the paranoid type who fears using external products.
Marquina Tip: Try wearing your shoes 10-15 minutes a time for the first couple of days. You can opt to gradually increase the duration as you please. For office situations, we suggest taking your good ol’ shoes to work. However, when you’re sitting down at your desk, you can switch it up with your new pair to get in the habit of having those new baddies on your feet. For an extra boost, you can even wear extra-thick cotton socks to prevent blisters and to help stretch the leather out.
2. Use the Elements
You have two options: either freezing or heating the shoes.
If you opt to freeze your shoes, keep in mind that this involves putting your new pair in the freezer for long period of time. Before anything else, make sure that your shoes aren’t easily prone to water damage. Once that’s been covered, you must take note of the following steps:
Step 1 – Fill in two plastic bags with a half full of water. Make sure the plastic bag size is big enough to put pressure on the shoe when the water expands in the freezer.
Step 2 – In sealing the plastic bags, make sure no air is left inside the container. This would help the molding process of the water once it gets frozen. Without air, the plastic bag will perfectly take form in the shape of your shoe.
Step 3 – Put a plastic bag in each shoe then put both the shoes in a bigger and sealed plastic bag to avoid moisture from getting in.
Step 4 – Put the sealed plastic bag in the freezer and wait 3-5 hours. Some even opt to leave the plastic bag in the freezer overnight, so it’s your call. When the water in the plastic bag expands, it puts pressure on the shoe’s cavity and this gradually breaks it in.
Step 5 – Remove the shoes from the freezer and remove the plastic bags from the shoes. It may take a few minutes to do this just in case the ice is rock-hard. Wait for the ice to melt a bit in order to slide it out easily.
Step 7 – Wait a few minutes for your shoes to warm up a bit then try them on.
Step 1- Manually bend your shoes as much as you can. Try stretching your shoes out with your hands in upward and downward motions.
Step 2 – Using a hair dryer, turn it up to the maximum heat level and heat your shoes for about 2-3 minutes. Heating the shoe helps the leather expand and your shoes will have a suppler feel to it.
Step 3 – Wear the shoes immediately after heating them. Walk in your shoes for a good 10-20 minutes.
Step 4 – Repeat the process as needed. After a couple of heating sessions, your shoes would instantly feel more comfortable.
If you have extra money to spare, you can purchase a shoe stretcher or shoe stretching spray online. The instructions can be found on the labels but if you’re feeling a bit stingy, you can opt to use a potato. Peel a large sized potato and make sure that it’s as dry as possible. Put the potato inside the cavity of the shoe and leave it there for a few hours or overnight. Once you remove the potato in the morning, you will notice that the shoe has been broken-in.
While some may say that spraying rubbing alcohol and water on the inside of your shoes can help break it in, we do not want to take this risk. Spritzing rubbing alcohol can lead to leather discoloration and could leave you with unwanted marks on your shoes. Moreover, alcohol is known to dry out the leather, stripping off its natural moisture.
Another breaking in don’t is having someone with bigger feet break-in the shoes for you. Avoid this at all costs because the shoe will adjust to the form of their feet, not yours. Plus, who would want a friend in pain, right
And there you have it! Quick and easy-to-do steps in breaking-in your shoes. That wasn’t so bad now, was it? Cheers!
Our shoes come in whole sizes. If you take a half size, we recommend you go up to the nearest whole size.
Still unsure? Compare your size directly with our shoe size chart and measure your foot length correctly.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR FEET
Trace the outline of your foot with a pencil Feet often have slightly different dimensions, therefore repeat the process with the other foot.
Use a ruler to measure the length of your foot in cm (distance between the heel and the longest toe) -- add 0.3cm to this measurement and compare to our size chart.