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How to break in your leather boots in two hours

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tx_angler, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I learned this trick many years ago from a Rodeo barrel racer when I had a pair of Tony Llama boots I thought I'd never be able to break-in.

    Wear your normal socks and new boots on until your feet start to hurt. Without taking the boots or socks off, take a rubbing alcohol soaked cotton swab and saturate the outside of the boot where the pressure points are hurting your feet. Really soak the spot to get the leather wet all the way through. You’ll feel instant relief as the leather expands. Now continue to wear the boots until the alcohol completely evaporates and your boot will be broken in. The alcohol will not leave any mark on the boot.

    Merry Christmas!
  2. Rich's Lawn Care

    Rich's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    I hate breaking in boots!! Thanks for the info i will try with my next boots,

    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    this may sound weird but a boot store told me this many years ago when i was wearing western boots all the time . Most were hard to break in such as lizard and aligator skin boots . They told me to put the boots in a bath tub and really soak them till they were saturated then put plastic bags on your feet and put boots on and wear them till they dryed . This did really work . then another store told me the first time you put boots on they should be confortable and feel like you have wore them for months so i went with latter
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,570

    I learned that in Boy Scouts....
  5. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I heard about the soaking in water trick but after hearing a shoe repairman warn me against it I never did try it. More than likely he wouldn't suggest using alcohol either, and I'm not so sure I'd want to experiment with a pair of boots that cost me a days wages.
  6. rtyus

    rtyus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    The alcohol or the water either one will work and normally shouldn't cause any damage to the leather. But Boturf is right, take a little time and find a pair that are comfortable and fit right from day one and you don't have to break'em in.
  7. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    i used some stuff called sno-seal that helped to soften mine up alot, it's a beeswax waterproofer:)

    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    i always heard thos beewax type waterproofers are bad for the leather, the leather has to breath or it wont last thats why they suggest having 2 pair of boots and wear them every other day . Iam with critial care when you spend several hundred bucks on a pair of exotic skin boots i aint taking any chances
  9. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,696

    Bo-turf - Sno-Seal, or beeswax based waterproofers are the best. Bear Grease and other animal fat based waterproofers are what causes leather deterioration. I've got a pair of kangaroo leather boots for upland game hunting that are over 10 years old and I use Sno-Seal every year on them.
  10. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Ive never had to break in my flip-flop's? :D try those they provide the most protection in my daily mowing :D

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