The last thing you want is to be halfway up a mountain, feel the impending doom of a heel blister and realize that your new boots don’t fit quite right. You need to become one with your new hiking boots, establishing not only the trust to conquer streams, rocks and roots together, but also to gain the confidence and comfort that comes with the perfect fit.
The #1 way to break in hiking boots: Wear them around! Wear them around your house at first. Start slow, on your shag carpet, and then out in your backyard, and then road-test them out and about in your daily life. Wear high-quality, wicking hiking socks with them - the same as the ones you’d wear out on the trail.
And the hikers we design look great worn around town too, so we recommend pairing your new hikers with a Timberland® graphic tee and taking them out for a burrito or microbrew, or a trip to the grocery store to buy your trail mix. This way, the boots will begin to mold to your feet before you put them to the test at the trailhead.