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September 20, 2017

How to Break in Your Boots

True shoe lovers know that leather shoes have a break in period. It’s the nature of the material.

We want you to get the most out of your Kork-Ease. After all, high-quality leather shoes are an investment. We use full-grain leathers, a lot of which have raw edges that can sometimes feel rough against the foot. We like leathers with a raw edge. It means we don’t fold the leather over or stitch it at the edges; we cut it and leave it as is. We believe in keeping our leather as close to its natural state as possible. Once these leathers soften up, they fit like a glove.

Because we want you to love your shoes right out of the box, we have a simple solution for breaking them in. mesa 3

Wear them with your wildest socks.

While you’re kicking around at home, slip into a thick pair of wool socks, then step into your shoes. Sandals, boots, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t have wool, double up on socks. Have some fun with it. Mix patterns and colors that you’d never leave the house in. Walk up ad down the stairs, marathon Big Little Lies, try on some outfits, make guacamole. Do what you need to do. Just make sure the socks are thick enough so that the shoes kind of feel uncomfortable. Every now and then, try them on without the thick socks to see how they feel.

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The shoes won’t stretch out to the point of being ill-fitted, but the leather will start to give where your foot requires it. We found this to be especially true with our sandals. And once the shoes break in, they are yours to love every single step of the way.

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