“Breaking-in” a pair of shoes is completely unnecessary if your shoes fit well.
Consumers often use this phrase to describe the initial discomfort of wearing a new pair of shoes.
But is it true? Do shoes really “break-in”? When you wear shoes for the first time, you may experience pinching, abrasions, or other pain. You may get blisters or corns (dead, hardened skin) from the material rubbing against your skin.
It hurts initially, but forming corns protects you from your next wear. That’s one reason why people believe that shoes can “break-in.”
Shoes that hurt or pinch will never properly fit you in the long run. This is due to the last on which it was created.
Your foot can only conform to the shoe, even if they are well-made Edward Green shoes. So don’t purchase poor fitting shoes because it’ll ruin your feet. In the long run, I recommend getting a pair of temporary shoes and then investing in bespoke or MTM.
Shoes designed for the general populace rarely benefit our feet. Pointy shoes or square-toed footwear don’t really work because our feet aren’t shaped like that. Stylish, fashion forward shoes (like heels) will create unstylish — and sometimes grotesque — feet.
If you can’t afford bespoke or made-to-measure, at least purchase shoes that you can bear with temporarily — that feel semi-comfortable and don’t hurt. Then save up and buy quality. Treat your feet well.