5 Tips for Breaking In Your Duckfeet

by Brittany

We've worked out how best to soften up your Duckfeet, without causing any discomfort to your feet.

Duckfeet shoes are built to last from all-natural, high-quality heavy leather. If you're unfamiliar with the characteristics of leather, they will feel a little stiff at first.
Here are 5 tips on breaking in your shoes, without breaking a sweat:

1. Sit down

Our favorite method of softening up our shoes is to wear them at night when you'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  READ THE BLOG!

We recommend cleaning your Duckfeet with natural leather conditioner, 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. Hammer time

We know, hammering your shoes sounds a little extreme, right? Well, it's a surefire way to relax the leather fibers quickly, and is actually a little bit fun!

Cover your Duckfeet with a towel, preferably folded in two. Then go nuts on the points you want to soften up quickly.

5. Have a bath

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.

Do you have any tips? Share them with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram.
Check out our break-in process for an in-depth look at the before and after: Patience to Patina


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