New boots are a beautiful thing. They’re sturdy, strong, and they look great. So we all know how terrible it can be when those brand new boots are giving you terrible blisters that are absolutely no fun to deal with. This is actually the worst, and completely flies in the face to everything that a great pair of new boots is supposed to stand for. As such, softening a new pair of leather boots has evolved into something of an art form, and if you know how to do it right you can completely avoid the hassle of breaking in a stubborn pair of leather boots that insist upon giving you a hard time as you try to wear them out of the store. Blisters are the worst, so you can use the following steps and ideas to really give yourself boots that are as soft and as polished and beautiful-looking as you know you deserve. The good news is that you can do this without a whole lot of extra money or crazy effort. Sure, you’ll have to use a little bit of elbow grease and spend some time working on those boots, but it’ll be time well-spent, bonding with the newest addition to your classic wardrobe.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to get some mink oil. You can find this at any place that sells high-quality boots or fine leather goods and it won’t cost you too terribly much, either. When you’ve picked it up you’ll want a nice rag and some good gloves so you don’t get stuff all over your hands. Next you’ll need to get your boots. Make sure they’re completely dry and perfectly normal before you start getting to work on them. Now…you’re ready. Get that mink oil and apply it to those boots as liberally as you can. Really, get it all on there. Use the gloves and your rag to really work it in there good, and don’t be afraid to seriously coat those bad boys with your mink oil. Go ahead, use it all. You’ll be glad you did. Once you’ve coated them very liberally, let them sit for about 24 hours. Go to bed, work on the ranch, do whatever it is you do. They’ll be waiting when you come back.

When they’re dry, you’re pretty much almost done. You’ve got to make sure that you take your finger (with a rag on it) and really work in that extra mink oil. Get it all the way rubbed in, and then you can break out the polish. Give those kicks a great finish and you’re all set — your boots will be nice and soft, without giving you those crazy blisters that you absolutely don’t deserve. This solution is great whether you’re talking about ankle boots for women or work boots for a man. What’s more is that it doesn’t cost very much, and the whole process only takes about a day!