It is supposed to be an enjoyable experience when you buy a new pair of safety boots. However, sometimes it can be anything but and something of a very painful experience. Obviously, we’ve said it before but safety boots for work need to be tough, and this can make them very uncomfortable to wear in the first place.
Some boots are easy and comfortable to wear from the moment you get them. Most though, feel as if you are walking in cement to begin with for a few days. When you are facing the problem of them not feeling comfortable at all to begin with, you are faced with two choices – deal with the pain and stop complaining, or get creative with your approach to reducing pain by working on new techniques to break in shows easily and sooner.
No matter how many breaking in methods I’ve tried, there is just 2 that I have found really work. The first method involves a freezer and the second involves applying rubbing alcohol to the boots carefully and patiently.
The thing you should keep in mind before going any further though is that the moment you use of the above techniques, you will undoubtedly voiding their guarantee. If that’s a problem for you, I should refer back to the fact that you may have to grit your teeth and endure the pain. On the other hand, if it is not a problem then below you will find the techniques for breaking in new safety boots.
- Get your hands on two zip-lock bags suitable for home freezer use, really any bag with a lock will be great.
- Put a bag into each boot with the zip facing upwards
- Carefully pour water into the bag, as you don’t want to spill any inside your new boots. Continue to add water to the bag until it is bulging full of water.
- Carefully close the bags
- Tie the laces of the boots up the same way you would if you were wearing them.
- Place both boots inside your freezer and keep the boots facing up to avoid any spillages inside the freezer.
- Store the boots inside the freezer overnight. As the water in the bags inside the boots starts to turn to ice, it will expand and cause your boots to stretch out some and loosen off.
- When its morning, remove the boots from the freezer and let them air dry at room temperature until the ice melts away.
- Carefully remove the bags and then enjoy your brand new and very comfortable broken in safety boots. If your boots are particularly tough, you may need to run through the entire process a second time.
Rubbing Alcohol Method
Start by putting your brand new safety boots on and walked around the house with them on until they start to hurt. The purpose of doing this is to help pinpoint and identify where on the boot it needs to be looser.
Once you are sure you know where all the tightness in the boots is, you need to then sit down and take a cotton bud coated in rubbing alcohol and cover the affected part of the boot. If you can, keep your boots on while you do this as it will help them to remember your feet shape and size. Within just a few minutes you should be able to notice a big difference and the leather loosening up.
Now stand up again and walk around. Keep walking until the alcohol has completely evaporated. If you are still experiencing tightness, you will probably have have to repeat this process around 2 to 3 times. Eventually, after exercising patience and diligence, the boots will be broken in completely.
Word of advice. Do not mistaken safety boots that don’t fit with those that simply need to be broken in. If you continue to suffer from any kind of pinching or significant foot pain, it is likely that you have bought boots that are a size too small or two.
There is no amount of tinkering in the freezer or rubbing alcohol that can fix that issue. The best thing you can do in that situation, if possible, is return the boots and get a refund to spend on either a different size or model of boot.
Obviously if it is your intention to try and get your money back, you should avoid attempting either of the above techniques.