How to Break In Leather Boots & Booties

How to break in leather boots and bootiesIt’s time to put those flip flops, Birkenstocks, and pretty jeweled sandals away for the season and bring out the cute boots/booties that we’ve been dying to put on!

I’m a HUGE fan of leather boots. In fall, I’m usually never without them. I have a bunch of styles (riding boots, over-the-knee boots, booties) in a bunch of colors that I’m constantly wearing. However, I do tend to pick favorites and have a few go-to pairs, making them wear out sooner than I intended.

That means I’m buying leather boots regularly. And with that comes the process of breaking in leather boots. 

I have a love/hate relationship with leather boots. It’s mostly love–99% of it is love. They’re very durable, even for someone like me who can be a little careless with their shoes. They mold to your feet, making them extra comfortable. And I find that leather styles are usually cuter than other styles (personal preference)! I love the clean look that real leather has.

The 1% of hate comes from breaking them in. Sure they’re comfortable, but you have to break them in first. There’s nothing worse than wearing a pair of boots for an hour only to find red marks, sores, and blisters all over your feet. It’s painful! I don’t know about you but when I’m in pain, I get cranky.

How to break in leather boots and booties

So what’s the solution here?

Break in your boots before you wear them out. And there are a few ways to do that.

1. Thick Wool Socks – Wear your thickest wool socks and put on your boots. Keep them on for a couple hours while doing chores around the house. They’ll start to mold to your feet without causing any sores or blisters. When they start to feel tight, take them off and repeat the process another time. You may even be starting at something like 10 minutes per wear, but it’s better than leaving the house with them on and being in major pain!

This is the safest method, but it also takes the longest. You’ll want to start doing this much before you actually plan to wear your boots.

How to break in leather boots and booties

2. Thick Wool Socks + Hair Dryer – Wear your thickest wool socks and put on your boots. They will probably feel pretty tight right about now! Set your hair dryer on hot and point your hair dryer to all the tight spots on your shoes and feel them loosen up.

But don’t get too crazy. If you hold the dryer to the boots for too long, you risk drying out the leather and having cracked boots!

3. The Towel/Dishtowel Trick – Stuff your boots/booties with towels and dishtowels until you see them bulge a little. This will stretch out your boots without you having to do anything to them.

It’s great for soft leather, but may not work so well with thicker, tougher leather.

4. The Freezer Method – I’ve personally never tried this, and don’t think I ever will with leather boots (perhaps heels or smaller shoes with leather, but not boots). Grab FOUR Ziploc Freezer bags. Fill two of them halfway with water. Squeeze out all the air and zip them TIGHT! Then use the other two to double-bag the water bags. Put them into your boots and set them in the freezer overnight. The ice will stretch out the leather a little and expand your boots.

I can’t say I recommend this method because there is always a risk of water damage and because they don’t necessarily mold do your feet. Also…you would really have to do this with brand new shoes, or use a freezer that you don’t put your food in. But I’ve listed it here anyway in case you’re still willing to try it!

5. If you “ain’t got time for that”, take them to a professional. Shoe cobblers have tools to safely expand your boots. Of course you’ll have to pay to have this done, but if you don’t trust yourself to break in your leather boots correctly, then this is probably a good option for you.

Time to start breaking in those cute boots and booties! Remember, the break-in process only lasts a short time. Once your boots are broken in, you’re good to go :)

October Birchbox

October Birchbox 2014

My October Birchbox is here! I decided to not opt for this month’s collaboration/partnership box because I had already tried out or received many of the samples in it. Plus, that made sure of this month’s goodies being a surprise!

I got quite a few nice things in my box:

dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleaner™

I’ve received a sample of this before from Sephora a couple of years ago and have only heard great things about this product. This mask helps get rid of anything that is clogging your pores. It’s perfect for fall when your skin needs that seasonal change-TLC.

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel

This is no ordinary shower gel. It contains honey, rosemary, and mint oils.

ModelCo Power Lash Long Wear Black Mascara

We’ve talked about ModelCo before (here, here, and here). This black mascara lengthens lashes and adds volume with its unique brush.

Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens

By turning the dial on the bottom of the pen, the liquid lipstick is released onto the brush and you just brush it onto your lips. It’s a very shiny pink!

Harvey Prince Petaly Noir – 50 ml

This perfume contains jasmine, orchid, lilly of the valley, and vanilla scents!

That’s about it! Time to go try out that pores no more mask!

DIY Braided Headband

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

As a girl with bangs, I love using a headband to get my bangs out of my face when I’m working out or doing work around the house. And It’s nice to wear a pretty headband to work or out on a Friday night too.

I love a variety of headbands––everything from the solid plastic headbands with teeth to plain, soft elastic headbands.

While I love wearing headbands, I don’t like paying extreme prices for headbands. I saw similar headbands like this one going for $15 at a local boutique.

Say whaaa? $15? I could make that. 

So, I took matters into my own hands and recreated a $15 headband for far, far less.

Using a printed rose fabric I picked up for a project that I never used and a few generic craft items, I made a headband with a look that is quite “shabby chic”. By using raw, unfinished strips of fabric, it lends an effortless look for those days you want to look polished without trying to hard. Plus the pink fabric and gold chain make for a very feminine combination, don’t you think?

DIY Braided Headband

Supplies:

  • 2-20″ strips of fabric, 2″ wide
  • 1-6″ 1/4″ braided elastic, black
  • 2-6″ strips of black ribbon, 3/8″ wide
  • 1-18″ ball chain, gold

Tools:

  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

Directions:

Step 1. Fold each fabric strip in half. Then, sandwich the ball chain in between the fabric strips and tape the edge to a surface. Begin braiding and braid until you get to the end of the ball chain. Use scissors to cut any excess fabric and tape the end to keep the braid from unraveling. DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

Step 2. Use the hot glue gun to glue the elastic band to the braided cloth, as pictured below.

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

Step 3. Add a dot of glue to the elastic band and wrap the black ribbon around the band and the end of the fabric braid to secure the end and clean up the look of the band. You could use a thicker ribbon if you choose! Secure the wrapped ribbon by using another dot of glue. Repeat to the other side and you’re done!

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

That’s it! After making this one, I was pretty tempted to make a few more. They really don’t take much time to make and it’s simple craft project for anyone to make, even if they don’t craft too often.

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