Step by Step: How to Break in New Shoes

We've all experienced the initial discomfort of new shoes. You're excited to wear them, but your feet hurt so bad! With Dooeys' tried-and-true methods, you can look forward to a comfortable fit from day one. Whether it's sneakers, boots, or heels, these tips will have you striding in no time.

1. Wear Them Around the House

Wear your new shoes around the house for short periods. You could alternate them with your favorite house shoes. This gradual process allows the shoes to mold to your feet without putting too much strain on them. Plus, alternating them with supportive house shoes can provide added comfort and reduce the risk of blisters.

2. Use a Shoe Stretcher

Wondering how to make your new shoes feel comfortable faster? Consider investing in a shoe stretcher tool, readily available at most shoe repair shops or online retailers. Simply insert the stretcher into your shoes, adjust it to the desired width or length, and leave it overnight or for a few days. This simple tool can work wonders in stretching the material and easing any tightness, especially for leather shoes and boots.

3. Wear Thick Socks

Put on thick socks and slip into your new shoes. The extra padding will help stretch the shoes and soften pressure points. Walk around in your thick socks and shoes for a few hours each day until they feel more comfortable. Once they are broken in, you can switch back to thinner socks for everyday wear.

4. Apply Heat: Warm Up Your Shoes for Flexibility

Use a hairdryer to apply heat to the tight areas of your shoes, like the toe box. Move the hairdryer back and forth over the problem areas for a few minutes. This will soften the material and make it more pliable. After heating, put on your shoes and walk around in them while they cool down. The heat will help the shoes conform to your feet's shape more quickly.

5. Try a Shoe Stretch Spray

Invest in a shoe stretch spray to soften and stretch out shoe materials. Spray the inside of your shoes with the stretch spray. Focus on areas that feel tight or uncomfortable. Walk around in your new shoes for a few hours to allow the spray to work its magic. Repeat as needed until your shoes feel broken in. Remember tip #1 - alternate with your best house shoes for the most comfort!

6. Visit a Shoe Repair Shop

If all else fails, don't worry! There's still a solution. Take your shoes to a professional shoe repair shop for expert help. A skilled cobbler can stretch, pad, or alter your shoes to improve their fit and comfort. They may recommend techniques or products based on your shoes' materials and construction.

Breaking into new shoes can be painless with these effective methods. You can make every step comfortable and enjoy them without worrying. Whether you wear sneakers, boots, or heels, patience and perseverance will pay off in the long run. So, lace up those shoes and also slip on your supportive house shoes; we recommend Dooeys. Feel confident and assured that these methods will work for you.