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How to Soften New Leather Shoes

Many of us have had calluses from new shoes. We often hope that we’ll get used to these shoes, but it’s not always true. There are some ways to soften new shoes and make the adaptation period less painful.

We at 5-Minute Crafts found some tricks to make your new shoes softer.

Hair dryer

One way to do this is by heating the shoes with hot air. Turn the hair dryer on and heat the areas that give you the most discomfort for 30 seconds. Wait for the shoes to cool down and put them on.


Take old newspapers, wet them a little with water (don’t use too much because you don’t want to ruin the inside part of the sole), make a roll, and put them into the shoes. Wait for the newspapers to dry.

Thick socks

A simple but effective way to break in shoes is by wearing really thick socks and wearing them together with the shoes around the house. It’s quite uncomfortable, but it will help you stretch your shoes.


Read the oil label you are going to use: it shouldn’t contain castor or pine oil. Coconut or mink oil are good choices. Take a clean cloth, wrap it around the fingers, put a few drops of oil on the shoes, and rub them into the areas that give you the most discomfort.

Shoe spray

You can use special spray for leather shoes to soften and stretch them. Put the spray on the outside surface of the shoes, then put them on. This is the best method to use if you have limited time and can’t wait for the newspapers to dry or the shoes to soften after wearing them with socks.

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