How to break in your new work boots

When we buy a new pair of shoes, we expect instant comfort (unless it’s a pair of 6inch heels) and with work boots, we rely on this to be the case, but we must be realistic and give them a breaking in period, before we take them to every day conditions. It is not unusual for work boots to need breaking in and given the time to form to your feet. At first, the boots may seem stiff, so here are a few handy tips on how to break in your work boots.

Things to consider:

When shopping for a new pair of work boots, consider the fit of the shoe, ensure that there is enough room for a comfy pair of socks, but that the lacing system secures your feet well.  If you plan on buying your work boots online, look for a good return policy or comfort guarantee which makes shopping online easy and hassle free, like the Magnum 90 day returns policy. This helps to ensure you find a pair of work shoes that fit without the worry. If they don’t fit, just send them back!

The house stage:

The vital part of the breaking in process begins now, so get moving! Start by simply walking around the house in your new boots, whether that be making dinner, cleaning the house or entertaining friends. Just make sure that the boots aren’t worn outside, as they must be kept in near new condition in the event that you do need to return or exchange them.

During the ‘house stage’ wear high quality socks, this will simulate the fit that you will need for when you are out on the job. Ensure the shoe is adjusted and lined up so it can take shape whilst being broken in. This is the most important stage as the shoe will start to form a new shape to support your feet.

It is important to remember that the shoes/boots may feel stiff initially, but that this is perfectly normal and all part of the process. However, if you do experience discomfort such as persistent pinching or rubbing, it may be worth returning the footwear and trying an alternative style at this stage. If you’re buying direct from Magnum, you can always get in touch with our Customer Services Team for advice on the best work footwear for you.

The teaser test:

After the initial house phase proves successful, it’s time to get outside for short walks, to try them on different terrains and in conditions you may find in you working environment. Start off with small walks and even light runs (depending on the footwear).

Once you’re feeling comfortable in your new boots during these shorter trials, it’s time to put them through their paces and up against the real test – live action! Start by wearing them once a week in your work role and gradually increase this until you feel comfortable and you feel confident to perform in these boots Depending on your profession, Magnum offer a wide variety of boots and shoes ranging from military, patrol, security and nurses. Remember during the test period to put the shoes up against real life conditions and what they’re likely to come up against in your job role.  Follow these handy tips and your boots will be looking after you, so you can perform to the best of your ability!