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Breaking In Duckfeet

Brittany Anania
Creative Director
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4 tips on breaking in your Duckfeet:

Pa-tin-a: /puh-tee-nuh/
The appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with habit or use.

Duckfeet shoes are built to last from all-natural, high-quality heavy leather. The natural characteristics of Duckfeet are great for your feet, but they can feel a little stiff at first. So we've worked out the best ways to break in our Duckfeet with little discomfort to our feet. (questions about sizing? head over to the fit guide)

1. Sit down

  • Our favorite method of softening up our shoes is to wear them at night when we're sitting down relaxing. Your feet will be slightly bigger due to the natural swelling we all experience from being active during the day, so this is a good time to break in your shoes.
  • Pop on a pair of thick socks, and wear your shoes. The slight pressure this puts on the leather will help relax the fibers, as will your body heat.
  • A week of hanging out in your Duckfeet at night should help them soften up nicely.

2. Leather conditioner watch the video

  • We recommend applying a natural leather conditioner to your Duckfeet, as this nourishes the leather like a moisturizer would nourish your skin.
  • An initial coating of conditioner helps soften up the leather, especially on any spots that you feel 'rub' on your feet. 
  • No conditioner? No worries. We hear raw potato or butter are just as good, although, we haven't tried these out ourselves. 

3. Massaging

  • Generally, people often wear shoes to break them in which, depending on the shoe, can be a painful, blistering experience.
  • Save your feet the hassle, and massage the leather by moving it around. This mimics the action of wearing them, so you're saving your feet from any discomfort, and causing the rigid leather fibers to relax.
  • Good spots to focus on are any points that you feel put pressure or rub on your body, and leather conditioner can help this process speed up a little. 

4. Have a bath watch the video

  • Legend has it farmers used to go for a swim in the river with their new boots, to help break them in. The water soaks the boots & instantly gets to work on softening up the leather.
  • The contemporary answer to this tip is to submerge your boots in lukewarm water for a few minutes, towel them dry, and wear them for an hour or two around the house. A thick sock will help you out here too.
  • While you're wearing the boots, they will relax and mold to your body, making them truly 'yours'. Let them dry off overnight, and see how they feel in the morning. A coat of conditioner will restore their subtle low shine.
Note: breaking in the leather will typically soften any pressure on the tops and sides, and in some cases may result in minimal addition in length.
Toes scrunched uncomfortably? You may need to size up.

 

BONUS:
When the bottoms can't keep up with the tops, all Duckfeet are re-soleable.

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