Breaking in your Docs will take time and patience, but everyone goes through it. Read on to discover the ways to make this rite of passage go smoothly - we've got you covered.
1. Get the perfect fit
If you normally take a half size, we recommend sizing down. The boots should feel tight, but not uncomfortable. If the boot feels uncomfortable when you try it on, especially in the width, then it is too small. Docs will soften and stretch as you wear them in - You can check out our size guide
for more information.
2. Whip out the Wonder Balsam
Our Dr. Marten's Wonder Balsam is a must-have shoe care product if you own a pair of Docs. This little pot of gold contains a mix of lanolin, beeswax and coconut oil and a sponge for application. Work it in, regularly, and it will help to soften the leather. It also adds a protective layer and subtle shine to your boots.
3. Wear thick socks and keep your laces tight
Wearing thick socks will protect your feet + encourage the leather to warm up + soften faster. Keep your laces tight to encourage the boot to mould to your foot and avoid rubbing. Grab some Double Doc socks
, created to help break in a pair of Docs with extra padding and blister protection.
4. If they're brand new, start with 1-2 hour intervals
Begin by wearing your Docs around the house for short periods of time. Don't attempt a festival or long walk the first time you wear them. Some leathers stretch quicker than others, Nappa, Carpathian and Virginia are some great soft leather options.
5. Repeat until they're perfect
Follow the mentioned steps above until your boots are soft and shaped to your foot.
Throughout the years, we've heard all sorts... Let us know how you break in yours!