How to break in safety boots

Have you been frustrated with how uncomfortable work boots feel? You’re not alone. Breaking in your new work boots can be a real challenge, but there are some easy ways to make it easier on yourself.

How to break in a pair of new work boots

Here are a few simple methods that you can start applying today:

Do it gradually

Break them in slowly (and properly) by wearing them for only an hour at first and gradually increasing the time spent wearing them. You might be tempted to wear them every day until they feel comfortable. However, this can weaken the leather and cause structural damage.

Leather safety boots? Easy

If they’re made of leather, apply a waterproofing spray. This will soften the leather and make it more flexible and compact. It will also protect your boots from water damage and the environment in general (mud, dirt, and so on).

If you don’t have a waterproofing spray, you can still get the job done with either petroleum jelly or mineral oil. Both will nourish and soften your boots over time.

Shoe stretcher

If you have the energy, patience, and time on your hands, try using a boot stretching device – these can really help if you’re having trouble breaking them in.

Get another pair of thin socks

Wear extra socks when breaking in new work boots – this will also help to make them more comfortable. Using insulated socks is even better because they wick moisture away from your feet which lessens friction on the material against your skin.  Avoid wearing thick socks as this will make your work boots tighter and harder to break in.

Mink oil to the rescue

Use mink oil regularly on your work boots – it nourishes, conditions, and helps preserve the leather. It also waterproofs the boots and prevents cracking. If none of these things work, you can try using warm water or treating them with a special solution to soften the leather.

Leave your boots out in a sunny place overnight to help them dry out and mold to your feet.

And a few more

– Use an old cotton t-shirt as a shoehorn when putting on your boots instead of using your hands. This will prevent you from stretching the boot even more as it conforms to the shape of your foot.

– If you do not have a shoehorn, you can lace the boots as normal and place your foot in it so that it rests on the heel. Then, roll your ankle slightly to one side and remove your foot from the boot – this will stretch out that part of the boot for easier entry.

– When you’re putting on your boots, if your heel is slipping out while you’re trying to get them on and off, try using a boot jack (basically a shoehorn with teeth).

– Try using a set of stretchy fabric shoelaces in place of the laces attached to your boots. This will make it easier to get the boots on and off.

– Finally, if you want to fast track breaking them in, soak your feet in warm water before putting on your boots. This will make it easier for the leather to conform to the shape of your feet.


The conclusion to this blog post is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to breaking in new work boots. It really just depends on the individual and how their feet are shaped, as well as what they’re used to wearing for footwear. One thing I’ve learned from my experience with a new pair of work boots is that you don’t want them too tight or loose – both can be uncomfortable depending on your level of activity while working.

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