Everything You Need to Know About Breaking in New Shoes

The day has finally come. Your trusty sneakers have finally kicked the bucket and need to be replaced. As you begin your quest for the perfect replacement, you see it – a smart, stylish pair of shoes that checks off all of your wants and needs. You try them on (and love them), purchase them, and take them home, eager to continue your adventures in your new kicks. There’s just one thing you need to do before you start: you’ve got to break those shoes in.

Think of breaking in a new pair of shoes like dating. You both have to take the time to familiarize yourselves with one another. During this time, you may experience a short period of pain until you and your “sole mate” click. Read on to learn everything you need to know about breaking in your new shoes:

What is the “Break-In” Period?

Ask nearly anyone about breaking in new shoes and you’ll probably receive negative responses coupled with pinched, painful expressions. While a break-in period is normal for new shoes, it’s never much fun. You can expect your new shoes to rub against your tender toes, hurt your heels, or cause blisters and abrasions. Even Queen Elizabeth II has someone to break in her new shoes because, well, royals don’t have time for pain. But don’t worry – the process is worth it as your shoes begin conforming to your feet!

It Takes Time

Just like most good things in life, having your new shoes fit like a glove can’t be rushed. We know, you really can’t wait to strut around in your latest pair, but your feet will be less than happy when you wear those new shoes for hours on end. Take it slow! Try wearing your shoes for a short amount of time around the house or while running some errands. Protect sensitive spots like your Achilles or your toes with bandages or thicker socks, which will help reduce friction. Before you know it, your new shoes will be as comfortable as walking on clouds!

If the Shoe Still Doesn’t Fit…

Then it’s time to take a long and honest look at your shoe size. Your feet can grow in length and width as you age. When was the last time you had your feet measured? If you only recall hazy memories of placing your feet in those cold metal things (*ahem* the Brannock Device) at the shoe store, then it’s time to reevaluate your foot size. If you find that your feet are still hurting well past the break-in point or even whenever you wear older, more comfortable shoes, it might time to see an expert. Let the knowledgeable doctors at The Foot & Ankle Center help heal your pain! Call us at (314) 487-9300 to schedule an appointment with us.