How to Break In Your New Boots with No Blisters
Posted on July 8th, 2017
You just bought a new pair of tactical boots. Putting them on straight out of the box, they’re likely going to be stiff. It’s a great idea to break them in before wearing them to work for the first time. You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of your shift with uncomfortable feet or worse, blisters. There are some things you can do to help the boot break in process:
Don’t Be in A Hurry
It’s tempting to wear those brand new shiny boots right away and all the time. But give it some time. Loosen up the leather and other upper materials before wearing them full time. Wear your new boots early in the day, when the weather is cooler and your feet are rested. As the day heats up, your feet begin to swell and sweat, two main factors that contribute to blisters. Keep a broken-in back-up pair to change into as the day progresses.
Invest in some good cushioning socks, like the Ridge Coolmax® Duty. Synthetic blends work well, but make sure the socks aren’t loose on your foot. It is not recommended to wear socks made from potentially itchy materials like wool. Extra heel padding will prevent blisters.
Break In those Heels
Blisters commonly happen in the heel area, so massage those heel cup supports with your hands before wear.