Leather and suede are natural materials which stretch as they adapt to your feet and that is why shoes and boots often require break-in period.
It is normal for new shoes to feel tight. This is standard practice for high-quality bespoke shoes and guarantees your comfort and satisfaction in the long run. Breaking-in your shoes is in essence allowing the sole and leather to soften up and provide you with the comfortable fit that you can expect from our handmade shoes.
The break-in time depends on your choice of style, sole, leather and personal preferences for how you like your shoes to feel, but it can be three weeks.
Because your comfort is important to us, as it allows you to be yourself without constraints, we have put together a week-by-week guide to help you out.
1. Wear them around the house before you go out in them – try walking up stairs, standing and sitting.
2. Feet swell naturally during the day, so make sure to wear them both in the morning and in the afternoon.
3. Don’t feel you have to immediately wear them day and night – breaking them in gradually is best by wearing them for longer and longer periods of time. Wear them for half a day the first time out.
4. Applying leather conditioner or cream softens the leather – this is good to do periodically as leather is like skin – you need to moisturize it every so often. We recommend every 2 to 3 months.