January 11, 2024
There's something thrilling about unboxing a fresh pair of shoes. Maybe it’s that new-shoe smell, the immaculate design, or the promise of new adventures. But let's face it, breaking in new shoes can sometimes feel like a long journey with a few too many bumps along the way.
At Kizik, we craft shoes that blend the excitement of a new purchase with the bliss of a glove-like fit right out of the box. Our philosophy is simple: shoes should be a source of joy, not discomfort.
Let's dive into the world of new shoes and learn how to make them your comfy companions from day one.
The right pair of shoes will make you feel like you can conquer the world. Good shoes are also the foundation for healthy posture and foot well-being.
The right pair of shoes can literally lift you up and keep you going, whether it's a busy workday or a leisurely stroll in the park. And let’s not forget, shoes are powerful fashion statements, too. They work to reflect your personality. That's where Kizik steps in.
Style and comfort should go hand-in-hand. Our shoes are both engineered to help you feel your best and designed to turn heads anywhere you go.
Breaking in new shoes is a critical step in ensuring they deliver long-term comfort and support.
Here's why this process is so important:
How exactly should you break in a pair of new shoes?
Even with the most comfortable shoes right out of the box (like Kiziks), there are times you find a pair that needs a little extra help to get that perfect fit.
Here are 12 simple and effective ways to break in your new shoes and begin to comfortably wear them for longer.
A shoe stretcher is an excellent tool for gently expanding tight areas of your shoes. Insert it into your shoe and adjust it to the desired width. This method is especially effective for leather or suede shoes, helping them conform to the shape of your feet without causing damage.
Gently heating your shoes with a hairdryer can make the material more pliable. Wear a pair of thick socks, put on your shoes, and then apply warm air for a few minutes. Flex your feet as you go. This method allows your shoes to stretch and mold to your feet.
The freezer method is surprisingly effective. Fill two sealable bags with water, place them inside your shoes, and then put them in the freezer. As the water freezes and expands, it will gently stretch your shoes. This technique is ideal for small adjustments and can be particularly useful for breaking in snug-fitting sneakers.
Use moleskin patches for areas that tend to rub, like the heel or sides. Simply stick them inside your shoes where they feel tight. This provides a buffer against blisters and gently stretches the shoe as you wear it.
Walking on various surfaces can help break in shoes more effectively. Alternate between soft carpets and hard floors at home. This variation in pressure and texture helps the shoes to adjust and flex, conforming better to your foot shape.
For canvas or fabric shoes, lightly dampen tight areas with a cloth. After dampening, wear the shoes around the house until dry. The moisture will soften the fabric, allowing it to stretch and comfortably mold to your feet.
This is a simple yet effective technique for sneakers and soft leather shoes. Use a tennis ball to gently roll and press over tight spots. This helps to stretch and soften specific areas, creating a more comfortable fit.
Leather conditioner keeps your shoes looking great and helps the break-in process. Apply a small amount to stiff areas. As the leather absorbs the conditioner, it becomes softer and more flexible, reducing the time it takes to mold to your feet.
If your shoes feel tight all over, try stuffing them with damp newspaper overnight. As the newspaper dries, it will expand and gently stretch the shoes. This old-school method is particularly good for shoes that don't require targeted stretching.
Use sandpaper if the issue is less about the fit and more about slippery soles. Gently roughen the bottom of your shoes with sandpaper. This can create better traction and make walking in new shoes more comfortable, especially on slick surfaces.
Manually bending your new shoes can help loosen them up. Hold the heel and toe areas and gently bend back and forth. This method works well for breaking in the shoe's sole and making the overall shoe more flexible, especially in the toe box area.
When DIY methods don't suffice, consider professional stretching services available at shoe repair shops. They have specialized equipment and expertise on how to stretch your shoes without damaging a stubborn shoe’s high-quality materials.
Breaking in new shoes can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield. There are numerous effective methods to achieve a comfortable fit, but there are also pitfalls to avoid.
Here are some essential don'ts to keep in mind when breaking in footwear:
By steering clear of these common mistakes and focusing on gentle, gradual methods, you’ll ensure a smooth transition to comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
At Kizik, we design our hands-free slip-on shoes to minimize break-in hassles, but a little extra care always goes a long way for lasting comfort and style.
In a market flooded with countless shoe options, Kizik stands out. We're not just another shoe brand—we're changing the game of footwear. Our unique approach combines innovation, comfort, and must-have style.
Here's why Kizik should be your go-to choice:
When it comes to breaking in new shoes, Kiziks are unparalleled. Our innovative design minimizes the need for a break-in period, allowing you to enjoy comfort and style right out of the box.
Breaking in a new pair of shoes is a journey, but it doesn't have to be a struggle. With the right approach and some patience, your new shoes can transform from mere footwear into trusted everyday companions.
Remember, the process is about ensuring long-term comfort and prolonging the life of your shoes. For those looking for an effortless fit from the start, Kizik offers a solution with its unique blend of hands-free technology, unmatched comfort, and stylish design.
Step into the world of Kizik for shoes that fit just right on day one. We have easy, convenient, and comfy styles for all.