You have hunted, selected, and received your perfect pair of new HELM boots or shoes. Here is everything you need to do to break them in without having to worry about sacrificing your comfort.
Take it slow – These are going to be your day to day go-to, so don’t rush the process. Start with wearing them around the house, out to dinner, or on your afternoon errand run. After a few short hours, you should have a pretty good idea of any potential hotspots. Around mid-day, your feet begin to swell, so you may notice some changes in the fit around that time as well.
The good news is that the break in process has already begun, and you are on your way to a perfect fitting pair of boots. Many people never experience any trouble spots with new boots or shoes. Others may notice pressure on the top of the foot, sides, or back of the heel depending on your foot shape. If you feel the beginning signs of any blisters, always protect your feet and swap out your boots for the rest of the day. A few short days to get over the initial break-in hump is better than an uncomfortable long day. Each time you remove your boots, give them a rest, and then put them back on again, you should notice significant changes in the comfort level and break-in.
Thicker Socks – You don't have to sacrifice fashion by throwing on hiking socks, but investing in some thicker socks with extra heel padding is always a good solution. Try to avoid loose or wooly socks that will cause your foot to slip. Giving your feet the extra protection in the beginning ensures you never have to skip a day of wearing your new boots.
Leather treatment – Treating your leather shoe or boot with a product like Hubberds shoe grease will help soften and break in the leather much quicker. We also suggest oiling the leather inside your shoe or boot. You can think of it like oiling a baseball glove that will continue to soften over time.
If you experience any discomfort in your new HELM boots and need additional assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we are happy to help with more personalized break-in advice. We, at HELM, have collectively broken in over 100 pairs of boots and counting so we can help with any problem both big and small.