You've scooped up a brand-new pair of shoes and you can't wait to take them out for a spin. But you're faced with the annoying problem of stiff new shoes that can pinch your feet before they are properly broken in. Do a test run before wearing your new shoes to determine where exactly they could use a little adjusting. With a few simple tweaks, you can shape your new kicks and make them feel like they were made just for you.

Step 1

Dab a bit of rubbing alcohol on the inside of the shoes. The rubbing alcohol makes shoe leather more pliable. Wear a pair of thick, wool socks with your new shoes. The heavy material of the socks works with the rubbing alcohol to help the shoe take on the natural shape of your foot.

Step 2

Run a clean cloth under water and wring out the excess moisture. Rub the cloth in a container of saddle soap until a lather develops. Rub the cloth over the surface of the shoe in a circular motion, covering the whole surface, and then put your shoes on your feet. The saddle soap softens the leather so that it can conform to the shape of your feet.

Step 3

Place moleskin padding on the parts of your feet where you feel like the shoes don't fit well, then soak your feet and the moleskin together in water. The moleskin expands to create a thick barrier between your feet and your shoes. Put the shoes on and wear them around so that the expanded moleskin can gradually mold the shoes to the shape of your feet for a more comfortable fit.