Breaking In Duckfeet

3 tips on breaking in your Duckfeet:

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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 may 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, and simplest, method of softening up our shoes is to wear them at night while 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.
  • Popping on a pair of thick socks will help put slight pressure on the leather to 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. 

For best results, we recommend our Leather Care Kit

3. Massaging

  • Generally, people often wear shoes to break them in which, depending on sensitivity, could be a painful, blistering experience.
  • Save your feet the hassle, and massage the leather by moving it around with your hands. 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 pressure or rubbing on your feet, and again leather conditioner can help speed up this process a little.

5 comments

Laurie

It rains a lot and moderate amount of snow here in Oregon. Will this damage my boots?

Laurie
Laurie

It rains a lot and moderate amount of snow here in Oregon. Will this damage my boots?

Laurie
Leanne

Can I wear these boots in the snow and will they last?

Leanne
Lori Mingus

I have challenging feet to fit. Width, high arch, and a nerve issue at the top where shoe strings or flat top design causes crippling pain. Just trying on a couple bad fitting designs creates enough pain and numbness that I can no longer tell if a shoe fits. I have purchased so many pairs of expensive shoes that I cannot wear over the years. Also I want my shoes to look nice and fit. Purchasing shoes that are actually too big is not a good solution either as they are clumsy to walk in. I think I see some designs that might accommodate the nerve pain at the top of my foot so interested in trying some of your designs. Can someone reach out to me to help me select something appropriate (waggish@lamingus.com) Kind Regards Lori Mingus

Lori Mingus
Lori Mingus

I have challenging feet to fit. Width, high arch, and a nerve issue at the top where shoe strings or flat top design causes crippling pain. Just trying on a couple bad fitting designs creates enough pain and numbness that I can no longer tell if a shoe fits. I have purchased so many pairs of expensive shoes that I cannot wear over the years. Also I want my shoes to look nice and fit. Purchasing shoes that are actually too big is not a good solution either as they are clumsy to walk in. I think I see some designs that might accommodate the nerve pain at the top of my foot so interested in trying some of your designs. Can someone reach out to me to help me select something appropriate (waggish@lamingus.com) Kind Regards Lori Mingus

Lori Mingus

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