Tips for New Duckfeet

Roskilde Brown

Trying them on

We know that trying on leather shoes can be tricky. Your Duckfeet are crafted around a shaped shoe last, and breaking them in is part of the process to mold to your unique foot shape. You may be asking...

How will they break in? Should they feel snug or loose at first? Check out these steps below to help find your perfect fit in Duckfeet!

Duckfeet on rug

Step 1: Find a clean, soft surface

We're crazy about the perks of crepe soles: they're a natural material, shock absorbent, and durable. However, since these soles are made from a material that's light in color and very porous, it's important to test the fit on a clean, soft surface in case an exchange or return is needed. Even a recently cleaned hardwood or tile floor can grind unexpected levels of darkening dirt into these brand new soles.

When trying on your new Duckfeet, choose a place with a clean carpet. Don't have carpet in your home? No worries! Laying down a towel or sheet will do the trick.

Fyn Granate

Step 2: wear thin, light socks

We suggest trying on your Duckfeet with thin (or no) socks to test the initial fit. This will give you the closest understanding of how they fit your natural foot shape.

Since your brand new pair hasn't had a chance yet to soften or become more flexible for your foot and gait, trying on with thick socks will mislead you on fit. Try with a thin sock at first to figure out fit. Don't worry, you'll be able to wear those cute handmade socks in no time!

Faborg Bio

Step 3: Stand & wiggle (your toes)

It's common for Duckfeet to feel a bit snug at first, typically on the tops, sides, and bridge. While standing with your heels to the back of the shoe, note if your longest toe is more than lightly touching the front or if your toes are scrunched uncomfortably and at all painful. If so, we suggest sizing up one Duckfeet size.

If the longest toe is no more than lightly touching, this is a good sign that you have the right fit! Your Duckfeet will soften and further mold to your foot shape during the break in process. As the toe box and heel cap soften, this will give your foot room where it needs, and allow it to slide back ever so slightly.

A note for Wool-lined Models: 

Boots with a wool lining can be expected to feel snug at first on the tops and sides. This is okay! As the leather relaxes and wool packs in a bit, your Duckfeet will gain more room throughout. Use the same rule of thumb of sizing as the unlined models, paying close attention to the fit lengthwise: be sure the longest toe is no more than lightly touching and toes aren't scrunched up or painful when standing.


  • Toes scrunched uncomfortably? Size up!
  • Heel slipping when walking? Size down!

(If you need to switch sizes, get a free and speedy exchange on our Returns Page)

Lolland Green

Step 4: Break 'em in

Leather shoes are something special. Once you've confirmed that the size is right, it's time for the leather to soften and relax to your unique foot shape. While this can be done solely with wear, there are few ways to speed up the process. We suggest applying a Leather Care conditioner; a thin layer all over is a great way to moisturize and soften the leather. Once conditioned, you can use your hands to manually flex the leather where needed.

Next, we suggest wearing your new Duckfeet for shorter bursts around the house to start. If your Duckfeet are feeling a bit snug, we suggest wearing a thicker sock during this time. Just note not to go too thick to avoid the leather over-stretching.  

For more techniques and tips to break in your Duckfeet, visit our blog on Breaking in Duckfeet

Arhus Stone

Step 5: Adventure!

Now that all the sizing is figured out, it's time for the best part! We love to wear our Duckfeet while around the house, running errands, exploring nature, and so much more.

Show us where you take your Duckfeet! Tag us in your photos on social @duckfeetusa.

Need more advice on sizing?

Read the sizing guide or send us a message!


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