- Dr Marten boots – how to stop the pain?
Any suggestions on what I could do to soften them up
Maybe polish them less, allow the leather to age a bit. But…. after 3 months I think the reality is they don’t fit you. Its been 20 years since I had a pair of old school DMs and my experience was they crucified you in the first few days or wear and the leather creases on the back of your ankle – then once that crease softens… they should be blisfully comfy.
or any recommendations on any other shoe/boot that I could buy that is designed to be worn a lot
Blundstone (classics) and Catepillar have been the most long-lived in my experience.Posted 4 years ago
Your feet are not used to ‘proper’ footwear
I’ve worn DMs since September 2012 and I’ve a pair of steel toe cap boots that are fine.
As for their size, I have them laced up tight as they are slighly on the large side if anything…
There is a fold on the toebox that digs into my toe and causes pain, I had another pair before (Vietnamese made ones) same size and they were fine 😐Posted 4 years ago
I’ve had my made in engalnd Dr Marten 1460 boots for about three months, I wear them everyday (at work also, where I’m on my feet all day) and polish them often (a proper polish with kiwi stuff).
I get blisters on my big toe and heel and generally they cause me a good deal of pain.
Any suggestions on what I could do to soften them up, or any recommendations on any other shoe/boot that I could buy that is designed to be worn a lot – as I’ve had Vans and Converse before; both were even more uncomfortable and fell apart after a few months/music gigs.
CheersPosted 4 years agoPePPeRSubscriber
I use German army boots, far better designed than DM’s I’m afraid.
Some like the link above.
Go to an army surplus and buy from them as you can try them on direct.
Best boots I’ve ever worn.Posted 4 years agoAmbroseMember
I too use DM as my work footware. The breaking in lasts about a fortnight. Allowing the leather to become more supple and forgiving against my Achilles tendons id the issue here. Once they are srted they are almost like slippers though. I get through a pair a year, worn daily to work. On my feet all day.
TBH, despite the annual pain-fest, I wouldn’t change them.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
There is a fold on the toebox that digs into my toe and causes pain, I had another pair before (Vietnamese made ones) same size and they were fine
I’ve had that with some shoes and boots, so I just fold up a sheet of kitchen paper towel into a pad and slip it into my sock(s), and wear them for a week or two; eventually they bed in and the discomfort goes away. Never had a problem with Vans, though, wearing a pair of Churchill’s at the moment, and they’re like slippers straight from the box. Almost indecently comfy! 😉Posted 4 years agoasbrooksSubscriber
I remember back in late 70’s and early 80’s when everyone wore them, there was this idea of leaving them submerged in the local brook for a couple of days to let the leather supple up a little. I have no idea whether it works or not. I’ve never had problems with them myself. I would love a pair of safety DMs, the shoes I get supplied with take months to break in and then fall apart.Posted 4 years ago
Unovolo- Are those available as safety shoes? 🙂Jujuuk68Member
I’ve been wearing almost nothing but DM’s for 30 years.
Never had an issue, but the last few pairs have required a week or two of braking in, the leather seems tougher, I think it coincides with the move to Thailand or wherever. I have found however the inner linings are not as good as they were. Operating 2 pairs of standard mens shoes, and obth the inner sole has come adrift and slipped around withing a few months, under the conditions of a long warm walk.
I would suggest go to the DM shop in Covent Garden, try the standard shoes, then try the UK made for life ones, and see which fits best. Its a great little shop.Posted 4 years ago
I would suggest go to the DM shop in Covent Garden, try the standard shoes, then try the UK made for life ones, and see which fits best. Its a great little shop.
That’s what I’ve got the Made in England ones, they fit me better than the Thailand ones – which are too wide. The leather is really thick on the Made in England’s and I think that’s the problem.Posted 4 years ago
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