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Corcoran footwear has long been the choice of military professionals, but like most leather work boots, they are not comfortable right out of the box. New recruits enduring long hours of marching and running sometimes find themselves regretting not breaking in their Cocoran boots before arriving at basic training. With blisters and calluses forming on their feet, these novices are left desperately searching for a secret way to break in the boots faster. Unfortunately, nothing is as effective as just wearing the boots every day, so you should allot some time before basic training begins to break them in.
You and Your New Boots Should Be Inseparable
According to Kristin Hostetter, a contributing editor for Backpacker magazine, you should take your new boots out of the box and start wearing them around your home right away. Wear them while you do the laundry, wash the dishes, make sandwiches for lunch and change the light bulbs in your lamps. You need to do this for two days, and during that time, you need to make sure that the boots fit correctly. If the fit is not right, you can expect that painful blisters will already be forming on your feet.
After you have worn them around the house for two days and decided that the fit is correct, you should start taking them on errands outside of the house. For example, take your new boots to the hardware store to get some new tools or lumber. If you are a parent, wear them to pick up your kids from school. You should even take your new boots out to dinner, provided it is not a restaurant that requires a suit jacket.
After your boots have done errand duty for three days, you might find a few hot spots that are starting to rub your skin raw. The solution is to apply leather softener to the offending areas of the boot. Refrain from applying the softener to the entire boot because if the leather on the ankle and heel gets too soft, the boot will offer no support and put you at risk for injury. If a blister has already formed, clean the blister and put moleskin over it to prevent further irritation or infection.
Now is time to start taking them on hikes. If your purchased Corcoran boots for use in the military, you should also start jogging in your boots as that will be a requirement during training. Eventually, your persistence will pay off and the boots will mold to fit your feet.
Avoid the Shower and the Oven
A single internet search yields a variety of quick-fixes for breaking in boots, most of which require placing your boots in an oven or a shower. Excessive heat can cause the glue to come apart, leaving you with parts of a boot that have to be reassembled. And before you completely submerge those boots in water, consider that a leather repair company called The Leather Solution claims that water dries out leather, which can cause the leather to crack. In short, applying excessive heat or water to your brand-new boots is a bad idea, unless you have extra money to spend on a second pair.
- Kristin Hostetter: Gearing Up: The Best Way to Break in Boots Is Over Time
- ArmyStudyGuide.com: Use and Care Instructions Army Combat Boot (Hot Weather)
- Backpacker magazine: Know Your Goop; Steve George; Aug. 1997
- Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images