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 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. 

For best results, we recommend our Leather Care Kit

3. Massaging

  • Generally, people often wear shoes to break them in which, depending on sensitivity, may 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 leather conditioner can help this process speed up a little. 

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