So you’ve bought yourself a fabulous new pair of trainers, great! In order to get optimum comfort, wear and durability out of them, a little ‘breaking in’ period is recommended to allow the new shoes to adapt to the form of your foot. There’s no worse feeling than setting out on a long day in new shoes and ending up with painful blisters, so we recommended breaking in new trainers and shoes before you wear them. So, what is the best way to break in new trainers?
We all know that head-over-heels in love feeling that you can get with a new purchase, and although it can be tempting to wear your newest shoes on repeat, we don’t recommend it. Once you've broken your shoes in, alternate with other pairs of comfortable shoes in your collection so that they have time to dry out completely between wears, which is vital to avoid the materials warping and losing their shape.
A succinct ‘breaking in’ period is recommended for new shoes, in order to avoid the dreaded feeling of being in the middle of a busy day with sore, rubbing feet. Some trainers, made from soft textiles, will take very little breaking in, with others made from harder or stiffer materials taking much more effort, so it is entirely personal to you and your trainers.
Good quality trainers should mould to the shape of your foot, as opposed to stretch. It is vital that the trainers hold their shape for maximum comfort and longevity, however some areas of the trainers will, over time, mould to the shape of the foot creating a bespoke fit.
There is no strict time frame for the process of breaking in new trainers, and there are many factors which can affect how quickly your new trainers soften. The construction of the shoe, and the selection and quality of materials used, affects the rate at which the shoes will soften. Shoes crafted from softer textiles will take much less time to break in than shoes crafted from stiff leather, for example, which could take up to a few weeks.
When on the hunt for that perfect fitting pair of trainers, it can feel as if you're searching for Cinderella’s glass slipper, so we’re here to give you some suggestions on how to find the trainer which really has the perfect fit.