Since the first shoes were made and worn countless years ago, anyone putting on a new pair has had to deal with an issue which exists to this day; how to break them in. We’ve all to endure the pain and suffering of walking about in stiff, unyielding, brand new shoes. This has certainly been the case for leather footwear all that time, but in more recent years, and as technology has advanced, synthetic materials have been used increasingly, especially in the production of soccer cleats. You might think that all the research that has gone into producing these synthetic materials, scientists and manufacturers would have at least come up with a solution to avoid having to break them in, but sadly they haven’t. So, if you are thinking about purchasing synthetic football cleats, or if you have already gone ahead and bought a pair, what you are about to read will hopefully reduce both the time you require to break them in and more importantly, the pain and suffering associated with breaking them in to achieve the perfect fit of your new soccer cleats.
How To Break In Synthetic Soccer Cleats
Before we start here is some advice if you are prone to blisters. These are caused when something rubs against your skin, and that is almost certainly going to be the case when breaking in new footwear. It is advisable to rub some petroleum jelly around the vulnerable areas of your foot. These areas will most likely be the back of your heel and your toes. This should reduce the friction in those areas and therefore the chances of any blisters occurring. Another important point we must make before explaining the methods, is that one way to negate a lot of the discomfort and pain caused by breaking soccer shoes in is to buy the correct size. Soccer shoes which are too tight will be uncomfortable to wear, even after the synthetic uppers have loosened. On the other side of the coin, wearing soccer shoes which are too big for you can lead to blisters due to excessive rubbing. Assuming you’ve selected the correct size, here is the first way which you can break in synthetic soccer shoes, and probably the simplest way too. Put them on…. we’ll wait while you gasp at that stunningly awesome piece of advice. Joking aside, we are not suggesting you just go out and start to play soccer in them right away, but you should wear them for short periods of time, to begin with. When wearing your new soccer cleats, try walking around the garden for several minutes as it helps to loosen the material quicker and gets your feet used to walk in them too. To help with this method it is better if you can wear one or even two thick pairs of socks as this will help to stretch the synthetic material. Doing this in the mornings is the optimum time as this is when your feet are at their most rested, as opposed to at night when all you might want to do is put your feet up.
One of the greatest soccer coaches in the world is Sir Alex Ferguson who coached Manchester United for 26 years to multiple trophy victories. He is famous for his ‘hairdryer’ treatment, which is how his players described what it felt like when he got up close to their face and shouted loudly with his booming Scottish voice when they were not playing well. You can give your soccer cleats the hairdryer treatment to help break them in, but not by shouting at them…although you could if it makes you feel better. Instead, you can use a hairdryer on a low heat setting and allow the warm air to blow onto your soccer shoes. Every couple of minutes stop this and then bend your soccer shoes back and forth. The warm air should have made them a bit more flexible and easier to manipulate. A more radical alternative to this is to put your soccer shoes on, and then place your feet in a bucket or basin which contains warm water. Keep them in there for 20 – 30 minutes and as you do so bend your toes and move your feet slightly. This should loosen the material, especially as the warm water will soften the shoes slightly. When finished make sure you dry off all the water from your soccer shoes. Once you have got to the point where your soccer shoes have broken in somewhat, but not completely, here is what you should do next. Take both your new soccer shoes and your old ones to practice and to your soccer match if you are playing. Try wearing your new footwear for as long as possible, but as soon as you feel any rubbing or discomfort, take the new ones off, and put on your old pair.
With this method, you are gradually increasing the time which you are wearing your new soccer cleats until you get to the point where they are fully broken in and you can wear them for as long as you want to.