Choosing the Right Size for Your Doc Martens
But first, it's important to note that Doc Martens do not come in half sizes. If you typically wear a half size, it's best to choose the size just below. For example, if you're a 7.5, you'd want to go with a EU size 37 or 7 in these stylish boots. In general, Doc Martens are true to size. When you slip them on, they should feel snug but not pinchy. A word of caution: pay special attention to the width. If they feel too tight, remember that this is the most difficult part of the boot to stretch.
Will Your Doc Martens Stretch Over Time?
Yes, your Doc Martens will conform as you wear them. Over time, they'll conform to the contours of your feet. They may feel a little tight at first, but resist the urge to tighten them up. To speed up the stretching process, consider wearing them with an extra thick pair of socks. Spend about 10 minutes walking in them, three times a day. It's best to do this indoors or near your home so you don't overexert your feet and end up with discomfort.
Freezer Hack to break in Doc Martens: how does it work?
The Doc Martens Freezer Hack took the internet by storm when users shared this unique method for quickly breaking in Doc Martens and making them more foot-friendly and better fitting quicker. Desperate to stretch their boots to better fit their feet, the freezer hack was born.
Vegan Leather Docs: If you're a proud owner of vegan leather Doc Martens, steer clear of this hack. The material may not respond well to being stretched in this way.
YouTuber "Gray Hair And Tattoos" explaines the hack by taking a freezer bag, filling it with water and placing it inside her boot. But here's the kicker: She then put the boot in the freezer, right next to her frozen peas. A quirky method, but does it work?
The Guide to the Doc Martens Freezer Hack:
- Preparation: Neatly insert freezer bags into your boots.
- Filling: Pour water into the bags, filling up to three-quarters. Keep in mind, water expands when frozen!
- Cold Storage: Place the boots in the freezer, letting them sit for 2-3 days.
- Thawing: Allow the boots to naturally warm up, then carefully remove the freezer bags.
- Fitting Time: Once at a comfortable temperature, try on your newly softened boots for size.
- Note of Caution: This method isn't suitable for Dr. Martens Vegan Leather boots. Stick to the classics for this hack.
The science behind it is simple. When the water in the bag freezes, it expands and stretches out the tight spots in the trunk. It's similar to that forgotten can of Coke in the freezer that expands and sometimes even bursts. After two or three days in the cold, take the boots out and remove the ice bags. But remember, patience is the key! Wait for the boots to return to room temperature before wearing them.
Care Tips Post the Freezer Hack:
After using the freezer method to quickly break in your Doc Martens and comfortably stretch them out a bit, it's important to give them some tender loving care. Start by conditioning the leather, as the cold may have left it a little dry. A good leather conditioner will replenish moisture and keep the leather smooth. When letting your boots defrost, it's important to avoid direct sunlight, which can cause the leather to fade or become brittle. Always make sure there's no residual moisture inside the boots, as this can lead to mold or odor. Store your boots in a cool, dry place. You may want to use boot shapers or even stuff them with newspaper to keep them in shape.
Regular cleaning is a must to remove any dirt or grime to ensure your boots last longer and keep their fresh look. And while it may be tempting to show off your newly softened Doc Martens every day, try not to wear them all the time. Rotating them with other shoes or another pair of Doc Martens will give them a break and allow them to breathe. Finally, consider using a protective spray. Not only will it protect the leather from water and stains, but it will also keep your boots in pristine condition, ready for any adventure.
Breaking in Doc Martens the classic way:For those who prefer the traditional route, breaking in Doc Martens takes time, patience, and a little perseverance. The classic way is to wear them regularly. The leather will naturally conform to the shape of your foot over time. Yes, there may be some blisters and discomfort at first, but as a wise person once said, "Wear, hurt, bleed, heal, love forever.
Alternative Methods to Break in Doc Martens:
Wear Thick Socks: Put on a pair of thick socks and wear your boots around the house. This will help stretch the leather without causing blisters.
Heat Method: Use a hair dryer to warm the tight areas of your boots. Once warm, wear them with socks to stretch out the tight areas. Remember to keep the dryer at a safe distance to avoid damaging the leather.
Moisturizing Cream: Apply a leather conditioner or mink oil to soften the leather. This will not only make the boots more supple, but will also nourish the leather.
Professional Stretching: Consider taking your boots to a shoemaker or shoe repair shop for a stretching session. They have special equipment designed to stretch shoes without damaging them..
Walking Technique: Take short walks daily, gradually increasing the distance. This allows the boots to mold to your feet naturally over time - if needed, uses thick socks!
Whether you try the freezer hack or stick with the age-old method of just breaking them in, one thing is for sure: once you break in your Doc Martens, they'll be the most comfortable boots you own. So whether you're tucking them in next to frozen veggies or just going for a walk, here's to softer, more comfortable Docs!