You guys get it. All 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, and a lot of these leathers have raw edges. This means we don’t fold the leather over or stitch it at the edges; we cut it and leave it as is. We believe keeping our leather closest to its natural state as possible. But it does require some patience of the wearer.
Once these leathers soften up, though, they fit like a glove. We have a simple solution to break in your shoes: 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. Walk up the stairs, marathon Big Little Lies, try on some outfits. 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.
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.