IT CAN TAKE A WHILE FOR NEW SHOES TO FEEL AS COMFORTABLE AS IF THEY'VE BEEN IN YOUR WARDROBE FOR A LIFETIME, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE LEATHER SHOES AND EVEN LONGER IF THEY'RE BOOTS, LIKE OUR POLO BOOTS ARE. INSTEAD OF JUMPING INTO WEARING THEM IMMEDIATELY AFTER PURCHASE, TRY THESE SIMPLE TIPS TO STRETCH AND SOFTEN YOUR NEW POLO BOOTS AND LEATHER SHOES SAFELY.
There is a famous legend among tailors that the Queen of England has a person in charge of softening her new shoes in case they get tight. And why not? It's actually a great idea for someone who can afford it, especially when she is a person who is always on her feet during royal visits and activities. The Queen simply cannot afford to suffer from blisters.
The rest of us mortals probably don't have someone exclusively in charge of making our nice new boots and shoes an instant comfort item, just like our favourite used footwear. However, that doesn't mean we're going to stop buying shoes, let alone polo boots, which is the subject of this text. Follow this basic guide from Krono Polo to stretch and soften your polo boots quickly and safely, without running the risk of damaging them.
1- Wear your polo boots gradually
At first, wear your new polo boots sparingly. You may be eager to show off your boots the day after polo practice, showing off your latest acquisition at all times. But this will only give you discomfort. If you start by wearing the polo boots on a few short outings, you will give your feet time to get used to the new shape and feel of the leather.
2- Wear them while you're at home
This is the easiest trick and it usually works wonders. When you wear your polo boots at home you can put on the thickest socks you have and walk around the house for a while. Repeat this exercise for a few days and you will notice how it gradually subsides. It may seem uncomfortable and a bit strange, but think that it is better to wear your boots for a while at home and then be able to change your shoes, than to have to put up with the discomfort in the street without the possibility of changing them.
3- Use a hairdryer
While you're trying on your new polo boots at home, keep your hairdryer handy. That's right, you read that right. The heat helps to expand the leather, apply a blast of hot air for 20 seconds on the places of the polo boot that are tight or feel too tight, this will stretch the leather without damaging it. Leave the boots on until the leather of the footwear cools down, this will ensure that they stretch and adjust perfectly to the contours of your feet.
4- Use boot lasts
Boot lasts are an excellent idea to lighten the leather of shoes and boots. Put them inside your polo boots and leave them on for as long as possible to achieve a gentle and progressive stretching. Ideally, leave them in overnight.
5- Do you know the dilator spray?
It is normal for leather to give way to the last of your feet over time, although you can speed up the process by using a dilator spray. Most shoe products are alcohol-based, which allows them to dry quickly and prevents marks on the leather as the product dries. Spray your shoes and boots with the spray and then put them on.
You can take a look at Krono Polo's collections of polo boots, standard and custom-made boots on our website www.kronopolo.com