A Beginner’s Guide to on How to Properly Break in Skate Shoes

Because of how trendy they are, it’s easy to forget that skate shoes and skate sneakers were built with performance in mind. This means that, like other shoes made specifically for sports, they need to be broken in to get the most use out of them. 

And while you can just wear them normally while you skate to naturally break them in, we also have a couple of tricks to speed the process up. If this is something that you’re interested in, read on for our beginner’s guide on how to properly break in skate shoes!

How to Break In Your Shoes By Wearing Them

Out of all of the ways of breaking in shoes, wearing them takes the longest. Yet, there are a couple of tips we can give you to speed up the process when it comes to breaking in your shoes by wearing them. 

The first thing you can do is to wear them inside the house. While new shoes are quite uncomfortable to wear while skating, they are significantly more tolerable if you’re just wearing them for casual purposes. Eventually, all that walking will add up and will lead to your shoes being broken into significantly faster.

Another tip that’ll help speed up the process is wearing heavy socks. Wearing heavy socks will stretch the shoes a little wider, which goes a long way when it comes to breaking the shoes in. The thickness of the socks will also help protect your feet and prevent blisters that people get for wearing shoes that aren’t broken into yet.

How to Break In Your Shoes Without Wearing Them

Did you know that it is also possible to break in your shoe without ever having to wear it? Take note that your options will be limited, though, as this isn’t exactly something that’s easy to do. With that being said, we do have an effective way of breaking in your shoes without ever having to wear them. Before you get started, you’ll need to grab a zip lock bag, water, and some old wheels. 

The first thing you have to do is to fill the bag (around ¾ of it) with water. Then, squeeze out the excess air and close the bag tightly. From there, just put the ziplock bag filled with water inside the skate shoe. In the heel part, you have to put old wheels in one behind another.

Be careful when placing the wheels, as you may accidentally cause the bag to burst. After you’ve put the wheels and the bag in the shoes, just tie your laces normally and put the shoes inside the freezer.

The frozen water bag will expand and simulate daily wear and stretch out the insides of the shoe. You may have to do this a couple of times to get the full effect, but this is an effective way to break in a shoe if you don’t want to go through the trouble of wearing them every day.


We hope this guide proves to be helpful when it comes to helping you break in your skate shoes. Breaking in your shoes isn’t that difficult, especially if you know what you’re doing.

And while it may take a bit of time, this small practice will make all the difference when it comes to helping you skate better and more comfortably!

If you’re looking for high-quality skate shoes, Fallen is the way to go. Fallen skate shoes were designed purely with the skater in mind, as we’ve made it a point to prioritise quality and durability.

For those of you who need help when it comes to picking the right shoe, get in touch with us today to see how we can help - shop Fallen Footwear today!