Have you ever seen that article on Pinterest that tells you to use fluffy socks and a blow dryer to break in your shoes? Yeah… that doesn’t work. It only takes one exciting event ruined by blisters (not to mention the shoes that may now have unsightly blood stains – yuck!) to prove the importance of breaking in your shoes.
But that little trick with the blow dryer and socks does.not.work. The only think that will break in your shoes and make them suitable for YOU to wear is repeated wear. But who has the time, patience, extra shoes or Band-Aids?! Luckily, after over a decade of an unhealthy shoe obsession, I have a tried-and-true method for breaking in shoes. TRUST ME. It works.
Step 1: Buy the shoes. YES. BUY THEM. IN BOTH COLORS. Now, you have new shoes to break in. Fabulous.
Step 2: Place your shoes in the bathroom. If they are particularly delicate suede or leather, try to keep them in a safe place (on a shelf or even in the cupboard). Every time you walk into the bathroom, put them on. Wear them while using the loo, brushing your teeth, or folding the bath towels. This step will expedite the process, but the real secret is Step 3…
Step 3: After every shower, towel off your feet and then put the shoes on. Your feet with be warm, slightly damp, and a little swollen. You’ll notice almost immediately that your shoes will soften and comform to your feet. Be careful not to drip water on delicate fabrics, but in most cases your shoes will be perfectly safe. Some shoes will require as little as 3 showers, while some will require a week of showers. The more you do it, the better it works. Wear the shoes while you brush your teeth, apply your potions and do your hair. Again, the more you wear them post-shower, the better and faster it works.
I’ve done this with $300 suede LK Bennetts, $90 boat shoes, and $30 sale rack ballet flats – and it works every time! Most recently, I used the trick on a pair of Sebago boat shoes. I was warned by MULTIPLE people that these can give some serious blisters if you don’t break them in. After three showers, they were as comfortable as bedroom slippers!