There’s nothing quite like the feeling of slipping on a brand-new pair of genuine leather swing dance shoes for the first time. And while we strive to make our shoes as comfortable as possible by choosing soft leather linings and high-quality materials, occasionally they might need some breaking in. But don’t worry – shoes made of fine natural leather tend to adjust around your feet over time and become increasingly comfortable. With a little patience and some helpful tips, you’ll be able to wear them comfortably in no time.
1. Start by wearing them around the house
Before you hit the dance floor in your new swing dance shoes, it’s a good idea to wear them around the house first. This will help soften the leather and allow it to take the shape of your feet more quickly. Wear them for short periods of time each day, gradually increasing the length of time as the new shoes adjust to your feet.
2. Wear them with socks
While it might seem counterintuitive, wearing your new leather shoes with socks can actually help speed up the break-in process. This will help stretch the leather and soften it around your feet. The socks will also help absorb moisture from your feet, which can soften the leather and make it more comfortable. Plus, wearing socks can help prevent blisters and other foot injuries.
Wear the shoes and socks around the house for short periods of time each day until the shoes start to feel more comfortable. Once they do, you can switch to thinner socks or go sockless if you prefer.
3. Use a special leather conditioner product
Specialised leather conditioner is a must-have for anyone who wants to keep his or her leather shoes in good condition. Applying a special product can help soften the leather and make it more flexible. Be sure to choose a conditioner that is appropriate for the type of leather your shoes are made from.
For smooth natural leather that is different from suede or nubuk we recommend our special Currier’s ointment shoe wax. Apply a small amount of this wax to a soft cloth, then rub it into the leather in a circular motion. Let the shoes dry for a few hours before wearing them again. Applying it every now and then to your swing dance shoes will help to soften the leather, prevent cracking, and increase the shoes’ overall longevity.
4. Stretch them out
If your new leather swing dance shoes are feeling a little tight in certain areas, you can use a shoe stretcher to help ease the discomfort. Alternatively, you can stretch them out a bit by stuffing them with damp newspaper and keeping it overnight.
Shoe stretchers are designed to widen the toe box or other parts of the shoe to provide a more comfortable fit. Simply insert the stretcher into the shoe, adjust it to the desired width, and leave it in place for a few hours. Be sure to use a shoe stretcher that’s specifically designed for leather shoes, as other types may cause damage.
5. Take it slow on the dance floor
When you’re finally ready to wear your new leather swing dance shoes on the dance floor, take it slow at first. Start with shorter dances or practice sessions to allow the shoes to adjust to your feet. Focus on your footwork and technique, rather than trying to dance too fast or too hard. As your feet become more accustomed to the shoes, you can gradually increase your dancing intensity.
Do not try to rush the process by wearing them for long periods of time right away, as this can cause blisters and other foot injuries. Instead, take your time and gradually increase the duration of periods you wear them each day.
Enjoy the process and keep swinging
Breaking in your new swing dance shoes can take some time and a little effort, but it’s worth it in the end. By following the tips in this article, you can break in your shoes gradually and with ease, while keeping them in good condition with proper care. Whether you’re a seasoned swing dancer or a beginner, having a comfortable and stylish pair of shoes can make all the difference on the dance floor. So take your time, be patient, and enjoy the process of breaking in your new leather swing dance shoes. Happy dancing!