Broken In

So, are quilon Dr. Martens harder to break in compared to regular Dr. Martens? Well, no, they’re not.

It took me twenty days, half a box of plasters and a couple of reusable gel spots to break in a pair of Vintage 1460, from the Made in England collection which is made of the supposedly harder quilon. I didn’t even get to wax them, one morning I woke up and they were all nice and soft.

I suppose this makes me a bit of an expert in the noble art of how to break in Dr. Martens, so here you can find my very precious tips.

1 – It’s exactly like with figure skates, it’s going to be painful but it’s the life you’ve chosen for yourself. Be brave. They have a harder time in the Army anyway, their boots are worse and they go to war, while you’re just going about your nice civilian day in great boots.

2 – It’s exactly like with figure skates, so what works is wearing thick tights plus thin cotton socks. Stuffy socks seem to work at the beginning but they really don’t, they slow down the process in fact, because the boot can’t take the shape of your foot correctly.

4. It’s exactly like with figure skates, so squat, like everyday, like every time you can, like all the time. It’s good workout and it makes wonders for that bit at the back of the boot that digs painfully in your tendon.

4. It’s exactly like with figure skates, so don’t lace them up completely, lace the shoe tightly but skip the last two holes.

5. Driving with brand new Dr. Martens is not as painful as walking, while it helps softening the boot tremendously. You can’t do this with figure skates (because, as you may know, you should never try to break in new skates before the blades or wheels have been fitted). This is the only known difference between Dr. Martens and figure skates.