Congratulations! You just bought yourself a new pair of cowboy boots.
However, just the thought of walking around in the all day long probably makes your feet hurt right?
For that reason, in this post, we are going to show you how to break in cowboy boots fast. Just how fast? All the suggestions below can be done overnight.
Let’s get to it.
How To Break In Cowboy Boots Fast
Here are 5 simple ways to break in your cowboy boots that we are going to discuss in this post below. Also, please be sure to check out the 2 non-traditional ways mentioned at the end of this post.
- Heat things up
- Use water
- Choose a good leather conditioner
- Get a boot stretcher
- Wear them around the house
Should you break in your cowboy boots?
Before we can talk about how to break in your cowboy boots, let’s talk about should you break them in.
What has happened to many people is, they go out and buy a new pair of cowboy boots, but they have no idea how they should fit, and you guessed it, they bought some that were too small. They then get frustrated because they hurt their feet. To make things even worse they spend a lot of time and even money trying to breaking in boots that were too small to begin with.
With that being said, save yourself a lot of time and headache by choosing the right size. Keeping in mind that different cowboy boots styles are going to fit differently.
To learn more about choosing the right size, check out the following video:
5 Ways To Break In Your Cowboy Boots
Heat things up. The first method is probably one of the easiest. It involves using a heat source. This can be done with either a hair dryer, a steamer or anything else you that you can use to produce heat. It is important to always be careful not to get the heat source too close to your boots or else you can risk burning them.
For demonstration purposes, we are going to talk about how to use a hair dryer as most people have this in their home.
To break in your cowboy boots, hold the hair dryer about 6-8 inches away from the boot. Allow enough time so that the leather is nice and warm. Try to focus on the problem areas such as the heel and the sides of the boot. Once you feel like they are warm enough you can put them on and walk around the house for an hour or so until they cool down.
By heating them up you are allowing the leather to expand. Then with your feel inside, they will begin to cool and conform to your feet.
Give them a dunk. Another simple way to break in your boots involves dunking them in water and then wearing them until they dry. Now many people swear by this method and say it is the only way to break in cowboy boots.
However, please keep in mind that I haven’t personally tried this method as I am afraid that too much water will do more damage than good. So with that being said, proceed at your own risk.
To try this method, begin by dunking each boot until it is completely wet. Next, with plastic bags over your feet put them on and go about your daily business. By the time they dry you should see a noticeable difference.
The way this works is by wetting your boots, they will expand. Once they dry with your feet inside they will mold better to your feet.
If you are scared like me and don’t want to risk damaging your new boots, you can try something similar but with much less water.
To do so, use a small water bottle to spray a little water on both the inside and the outside of the boot. When spraying try to hit those troublesome areas such as the sides or the heel. Next, wear them until they are dry. Repeat until you are satisfied with the results.
Use a good leather conditioner. Not only will this method help to break in your cowboy boots, but it will also help to extend the life of your boots.
By applying a small amount of leather conditioner to your boot, it can help to expand the leather fibers and hopefully make them more comfortable. In addition, a good leather conditioner will also offer some waterproofing properties thus protecting them from future damage.
One such leather conditioner that I really like is called: Obenauf’s Leather Oil. Simply apply as directed and allow to dry.
Keep in mind, whenever you are applying oils or conditioners to your shoes to always test a small patch first to avoid discoloration.
Basically, it is a device shaped like a foot that goes into your boot. Once inside, you can then manually adjust the device to expand. Leave the device in your boots overnight and by morning you should be ready to go. I would recommend the Footfitter Professional Boot Stretcher pictured above.
It literally does all the hard work for you. Without a doubt an easy and pain-free way to break in your cowboy boots that everyone should give a try.
Wear them around the house. One of the easiest ways to break in your boots is to wear them around the house before you wear them for an extended amount of time.
What I like to do, is to wear my boots say for an hour or two around the house every day for a week. After a week, they are broken in and ready to go. For best results, wear them around the house with a thick pair of socks. The socks will help to prevent blisters and also help to expand the boot.
I know this might not be the fastest, but definitely is the most effective and safest one to break in your new cowboy kicks.
Two Additional Interesting And Yet Non-Traditional Methods
While searching for other ways to break in cowboy boots, I stumbled upon two interesting methods that I wanted to share with you. Please keep in mind that I have never tried the methods mentioned below. Once again, please proceed at your own risks.
Use a spoon. The idea is simple. Use the bottom of the spoon to rub alongside the bottom of your heel. This mimics the movement of your feet and helps to break in the heel. I know this method sounds crazy, but many people swear it.
Use Ice. We have talked about using heat, why not use ice right? Simply put plastic bags in your boots, fill them with water and put your boots in the freezer overnight. The idea is that the water will expand and stretch out your boots. Looks like a great approach if you don’t have access to a boot stretcher.
There you have it 5 different ways to break in your cowboy boots fast! What have you found to be effective? Have you tried either of these two non-traditional methods? Please share with us your thoughts in the comments below.