No Need to Break a Leg: Breaking in Your New Cowboy Boots

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No matter how stylish or cool that pair of men’s cowboy boots for sale that you’re eyeing may be, they won’t do you much good if they aren’t comfortable. So, whether you’re planning on using your new boots as an everyday style piece or are saving them for the occasional rodeo or line dance night, breaking them in is important.

Here are some tips for that:

Wear and walk

The most effective, natural way to stretch those boots out is to simply use them. Walk around in them around the house. You should know, though, that this method will cause some pain in your feet until the leather begins to soften. So, you may choose to do this at intervals and for varying time stretches. Start by having them on for about an hour, taking a break after that, then putting them back on for a longer period.

Another strategy is to have two pairs of socks while walking in your new boots. This will add pressure to the leather and eventually make some room for your feet.

Steam the inside

If you’re in a hurry to get those boots stretched out, another way to break them in quicker is to heat things up inside. Steam will cause the boots to soften, expand a bit, and reshape according to your feet.

Aim the heat towards the area you want to stretch out. Do this for 20 seconds. Then, check if the area has softened and has become more flexible by pressing your fingers into it. If the material has softened, wear the boots and walk around in them. Make sure to keep them on until it feels like they’ve taken on the shape of your feet’s unique curves. Once they’re dry, apply the right conditioning product for the type of leather.

Take them to a professional.

If you do not have the time and you want to avoid the hassle, the best thing to do is go to a shoe expert. Professional boot cobblers have special equipment to easily break into your boots, freeing up specific corners for your feet’s needs. This can be a bit expensive though, but a little investment for your boots goes a long way in the comfort department.

Remember, stylish cowboy boots are good, but comfortable ones are better. Keep these tips in mind to make sure your boots become a perfect fit.