The Simple Guide to Breaking In a New Pair of Shoes

Arrrgh, I bet you hate that uncomfortable feeling you get on a brand new pair of shoes.

Brand New Shoes

They just haven’t molded with your feet yet, calluses galore, tight straps, blisters, knee pain and don’t even get me started on arch pain.

Getting a brand new pair of shoes is an exciting feeling but wearing them once doesn’t give you an all-round perspective on them.

It can take multiple wears before you find your own opinion, and during this period you’re wondering how long it’s going to take before they really “break in”.

Well in this article I’m going to tell you exactly how long and some things you can do to speed up the process.

Enjoy 🙂

Most Shoes Don’t Actually Need Breaking In

I like the saying “shoes don’t need breaking in, you need breaking in to the shoes”.

Most shoes are extremely comfortable from the get-go as long as you chose the right fit.

I recently bought 2 pairs of shoes. One was a FILA and the other is a Nike.

Lol that’s me, don’t laugh too hard 😛

Me in New FILA Shoes
Me wearing new FILA shoes

Both feel immaculate and I never want to take them off because they’re just so damn comfortable. I NEVER had to break them in.

So to experience some sort of pain from your shoe means the quality is bad or you’ve made a radical change in shoe.

Even a change in padding can make you feel some sort of discomfort or pain.

As a rule of thumb, you should be able to walk out of the store and feel like a million dollars.

If not, you’ve probably chosen the wrong shoe and now you have to break that sucker in.

The Best Way to Break in Shoes

So the best way to break in some new shoes is to wear them for at least 10 minutes a day. Wear them around the house, up and down the stairs, cooking dinner, etc.

This will get your feet more familiar with the new shoe without experiencing pain.

Gradually increase the duration over time. After a week you should be able to wear them longer than an hour without discomfort.

If it’s a running shoe, do not run a full blown marathon out of the store. Do short bursts, that way your feet can adjust to the shoe without too much pain or discomfort.

Still Experiencing Discomfort After a Week

Sore Shoe

Wearing a pair of shoes for a week should be ample time to break them in.

By then even the blisters should be healed.

So if you still experience discomfort, it’s probably a really bad choice of shoe or the wrong fit.

You can either see if the store will give you a refund or at least let you exchange them.

A lot of stores don’t allow that especially after they’ve been worn for so long so you may need to pay for another pair.

Pro Tip: Most retailers will take the shoes back if they haven’t been worn outside 🙂 This means you can test them at home or at the gym on a treadmill if they’re running shoes.

Know The Difference Between the Wrong Fit and Breaking In

There’s a difference between a shoe that doesn’t fit and a shoe that needs breaking in.

If the shoe simply does not fit, breaking it in isn’t necessarily going to help, or even work for that matter.

You may have accidentally purchased the wrong fit which is not uncommon.

You’ll be trying to break that sucker in forever in that case.

So the difference between fit and breaking in is that a good fit means it is the right size and may need some breaking in depending on stability and cushioning.

And if it’s the wrong fit, breaking in won’t work and you’ll be trying for months trying to feel comfortable in them.

Basically, there is no cure for an unfit shoe.


The key takeaway here is that a great fit and good model shouldn’t need breaking in at all.

Usually they are comfortable to walk in as soon as you walk out the store.

But in some cases, you may need to “break in” a shoe or brand that you’re not familiar with as long as it’s the right fit.

Here are some strange ways to speed up the breaking in process.

Well that concludes this article and I hope you found what you were looking for.

Are you having trouble breaking in your new shoes? Comment down below and I’ll get back to you asap!

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