How To Break In Ski Boots Quickly
Break In Your Ski Boots Quickly
Whether you’re new to skiing or have just bought a new pair of ski boots, there’s nothing quite like the discomfort that comes from wearing them for the first time. However, with the right tips and tricks in mind, it is possible to break in ski boots quickly. And, the quicker you break them in, the more time you can spend hitting the slopes! Read on to discover how to break in ski boots quickly – and most importantly – comfortably. These tips can also be applied to breaking in snowboard boots.
Why Do Ski Boots Hurt So Much?
Ski boots are an incredibly sturdy form of footwear, meaning it’s only natural to feel slight discomfort when you try them on for the first time. However, well-fitting ski boots certainly should not hurt a lot. If your ski boots are hurting, then it’s likely that they’re too small for your feet. The pain is often caused by tight-fitting dimensions or worn down liner. It is wise to get a better fitting pair of boots or a new liner if you are experiencing large amounts of pain.
Do Ski Boots Break In?
Just like most pairs of shoes, ski boots have to ‘break in’ to become more comfortable. You need to give them time to adjust to the contours of your feet. Don’t worry though – this is very easy to do. Just pay close attention to the following tips!
How To Break In Your Ski Boots
Follow the steps below to break in your ski boots. It’s wise to do this well before your skiing trip so that you don’t encounter any obstacles while on the slopes.
1. Walk Around The House
The most effective (and easiest) way to break in your ski boots is by taking them for a walk around your house. The goal is to get the boots to contour to the shape of your feet, meaning if you wear them for one to two hours each day, they’ll fit perfectly by the time you go skiing.
To help the ski boots mold to the shape of your feet, try mixing up the intensity of your walk. Range between normal walking and stomping; flexing your toes around every now and then. This might not be the most comfortable experience, but it will certainly help to ensure the boots get used to your range of motion.
2. Get Used To The Lining
If the lining in your ski boots is removable, take it out and wear it without the shell of the boots. This will further help the lining to mold to the shape of your feet, ensuring that you are comforted in all the right places. Once you feel that the lining is as fitted as it can be, put it back into your boot and repeat step one.
3. Work On Tightening The Boots
Once you’re happy with the lining and have walked around in the boots for quite some time, it’s time to step the process up a notch. Tighten the boots as much as you can (without causing pain) and repeat step one, walking around the home at different intensities. As this starts to become uncomfortable, loosen the boots up and do the same exercise. Continue repeating this until the boots feel natural to wear.
4. Use A Shoe Horn
If getting the shoes on is the biggest issue, assist help from a ski boot shoe horn. Shoe horns slip behind the heel of your foot, helping the boot to glide on more easily. Shoe horns that are specially made for ski boots are longer and studier, making them the perfect accomplice for quick and hassle-free insertion. Just make sure that you don’t use too much force at this stage – if you truly can’t get your feet into the boots, consider trying out a larger size.
Enjoy Your Time On The Slopes!
If you break your ski boots in weeks before your trip, there will be absolutely nothing getting in your way from having the best ski experience yet. Make sure to get a quality ski boot bag too. However, to be on the safe side, remember to pack plasters and a basic first aid kit in your ski bag so that you’re prepared in an unfortunate situation. Enjoy your time in the snow!