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6 Ways to Make Your Boots More Comfortable

6 Ways to Make Your Boots More Comfortable

6 Ways to Make Your Boots More Comfortable

There’s nothing like that perfect pair of boots that look great and feel great.

2021-04-26

Without a comfortable pair of boots, your day probably feels as long as your shot at winning the lottery. Thankfully, there are a few ways to make your boots more comfortable. Check out our top 6 tips below.

6 Ways to Make Your Boots More Comfortable

  1. Break your boots in properly
  2. Try new insoles
  3. Change the lace pattern on your boots
  4. Store your boots properly
  5. Have them professionally resoled
  6. If all else fails, replace your boots with ones designed to be more comfortable

1. Break Your Boots In Properly

Breaking in your boots is the surest way to make them more comfortable. A good pair of broken-in boots will conform to your feet, making walking, running, and being on your feet all day much more comfortable. As your boots age and continue to break in, the materials become more pliable, allowing them to form to your feet and move with you every step.

There are a few ways you can break in your boots to make them more comfortable:

  • Wear them regularly. The easiest way to break in boots is to wear them regularly. This process can take a few days or weeks, depending on the boots and the type of activities you perform when you wear them. Start by wearing them for short periods, and then increase wear time as the days go on.
  • Wear them with two pairs of socks. If it’s comfortable to do so, wear your boots for a few hours a day with two pairs of socks on. The extra padding on the inside helps stretch and break in your boots more rapidly than regular wear.
  • Gently apply heat to leather boots. Using a hairdryer on low heat, you can gently stretch most leather boots to make them more comfortable. Put your boots inside a boot tree and gently apply heat in 3-second intervals, feeling the boots with your hand in between passes. The goal is to stop heating the boots before they’re hot to the touch, as going any higher will damage the boots. Increase the tension on the boot tree once the boots are warmed up and let them cool back down to room temperature.

Purchase a boot tree here for proper breaking in and storage: Shop Ariat Boot Tree

Or browse our most comfortable boots:

Heritage Roughstock Western Boot
Heritage Roughstock Western Boot
Heritage Roughstock Western Boot

“Extremely comfortable straight from the box.” -Onroadtd78

Groundbreaker 6" Work Boot
Groundbreaker 6" Work Boot
Groundbreaker 6" Work Boot

“Hands down the more comfortable boot I’ve ever worn.” - yhcela

Rambler Western Boot
Rambler Western Boot
Rambler Western Boot

"They are hands down without question the greatest and most comfortable pair of footwear I've ever owned." - cavscoutfarmer

2. Try A New Insole.

Changing out the insole in your boots can breathe new life into an old pair of boots. After walking on a thin layer of foam for extended periods, it gets compressed into a wafer-thin layer that no longer provides support. Changing the insoles in your boots takes just a few minutes and can add support and cushioning in much-needed areas, like the heel and arch.

Shop Ariat Insoles:

Pro Performance Round Toe Insole
Pro Performance Round Toe Insole
Pro Performance Round Toe Insole
Pro Performance Round Toe Insole

Smart Rebound™ absorbs shock and dissipates pressure in the heel.

All Day Cushioning Round Toe Insole
All Day Cushioning Round Toe Insole
All Day Cushioning Round Toe Insole
All Day Cushioning Round Toe Insole

Moisture-wicking liner with odor defense.

Cobalt VX Footbed
Cobalt VX Footbed
Cobalt VX Footbed

"...these have been, hands down, the best insoles I've bought. " - Ashley V

3. Change The Lace Pattern On Your Boots

If your boots are lace-up, changing your lace pattern is an easy way to relieve pressure points. Instead of using a traditional lace pattern where the laces alternate on each side, change the lace pattern to alleviate pressure and discomfort in the top of your foot (metatarsal area), heel, arch, and toes.

Shop our most comfortable lace-up boots:

RigTek 8" Wide Square Toe Composite Toe Men’s Work Boot
RigTek 8" Wide Square Toe Composite Toe Men’s Work Boot
RigTek 8" Wide Square Toe Composite Toe Men’s Work Boot

“...they have been an absolute dream and I couldn't ask for anything better for the price point." - Nico27

Recon Lace Boot
Recon Lace Boot
Recon Lace Boot

"Can honestly say these are the most comfortable shoes ive ever had. Even more so than sneakers." - Ryan73

4. Store Your Boots Properly

When stored properly, your boots keep their shape better and last longer. Especially for boots with a long shaft, the shaft can collapse and wrinkle between uses and become rigid and more uncomfortable to wear if they’re improperly stored. When not in use, keep your boots indoors with a boot tree. A boot tree goes inside the shaft of your boots, applying tension so that the shaft maintains its shape.

Shop our favorite and most comfortable tall-shaft boots:

PrimeTime Women's Western Boot
PrimeTime Women's Western Boot
PrimeTime Women's Western Boot

“They feel so soft and so comfortable...The in soles are so comfy.” - Lizzymay

Round Up Square Toe Women's Western Boot
Round Up Square Toe Women's Western Boot
Round Up Square Toe Women's Western Boot

“This boot is not only very comfortable to walk around in, but its durable. ” - HorseRider13

Heritage Roughstock Men’s Western Boot
Heritage Roughstock Men’s Western Boot
Heritage Roughstock Men’s Western Boot

“Extremely comfortable straight from the box.” - Onroadltd78

5. Have Your Boots Professionally Soled

With years of use and abuse, the soles on your boots have taken the brunt of the damage from walking and running. With most high-end boots, a professional can remove and resole an old pair of boots to put the swing back in your step. If the boot soles are worn down, have holes in them, or are just uneven and uncomfortable to walk on, then it’s time to bring your boots to a shoe repair professional. They can assess your boots and resole them with your comfort in mind.

Shop Ariat boots that can be resoled:

Men's Circuit Striker Western Boot
Men's Circuit Striker Western Boot
Men's Circuit Striker Western Boot

“They keep getting more and more comfortable as time goes on.” - Johnny Fet

Men's Circuit R Toe Western Boot
Men's Circuit R Toe Western Boot
Men's Circuit R Toe Western Boot

“Ariat is by far the most comfortable to me.” - MpReed

Women's Dixon Western Boot
Women's Dixon Western Boot
Women's Dixon Western Boot

“I wasn’t expecting them to be as comfortable as they are but I was blown away.” - Fionajk

6. Buy New, More Comfortable Boots

If none of this advice worked for you, consider a new pair of boots designed for better comfort. New processes and modern technology ensure that a well-made pair of boots are comfortable right out of the box.

Ariat boots are built with all-day comfort in mind, so you can stop worrying about your boots and focus on more important things.

Shop our most comfortable boots:

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Heritage Roughstock Western Boot
Heritage Roughstock Western Boot
Heritage Roughstock Western Boot

“Extremely comfortable straight from the box.” -Onroadtd78

Booker Ultra Western Boot
Booker Ultra Western Boot
Booker Ultra Western Boot

"Theses are the lightest and most comfortable boots I own I find myself wearing these everyday." - Jose

Spot Hog Boot
Spot Hog Boot
Spot Hog Boot

“I’ve owned there boots for, dare say 10 years+...these are the most comfortable slip ons I’ve ever owned.” - Kim Parker