DIY: How to Break in Your Shoes

DIY: How to Break in Your Shoes

We love the look of rugged, worn-in boots but wondered how we could get the same look and feel with one of our brand new shoes for fall. Our stylist Erin knew exactly what to do so she showed us how to break in a new pair of leather boots!

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What You’ll Need

Boots

Sandpaper

Spray bottle filled with water

Newspaper

Step One:

Gather your materials

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Step one: Gather your materials.

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Step two: Spray down shoes to dampen.

 

Step Three:

Loosen the laces.

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Step three: Loosen laces.

Step Four:

Step four: Mold, bend and scrunch shoes to add dimension and texture.  Really beat them up.

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Step four: Mold, bend and scrunch shoes to add dimension and texture. 

Step Five:

Sand key areas that would get scuffs naturally like sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

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Step five: Sand key areas that would get scuffs naturally like sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

 

Step Six:

Sand laces to soften and rough up.

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Step six: Sand laces to soften and rough up.

Step Seven:

Make the boots look worn in. Use newspaper to add color and definition to the sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

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Step seven: Make the boots look worn in. Use newspaper to add color and definition to the sides of heels, toe beds and sides of toes.

Step Eight:

Bend and loosen and rough up a bit more. You can even step on and rub in sand or grass to achieve a true broken-in feel.

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Step eight: Bend and loosen and rough up a bit more. You can even step on and rub in sand or grass to achieve a true broken-in feel.

Step Nine:

Show off your boots with rolled up denim and a hoodie!

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Step nine: Show off your boots with rolled up denim and a hoodie!

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