wear em hiking or building something, spill water on them, scuff em. i've heard of people scuffing them sandpaper and using a diluting some lighter colored than your boots shoe polish and then rubbing that into the scuff. i've also left my boots out in the sun for a couple days on accident before and the leather got a little dried out and stiffer. some spots even crackled a little anyway, said boots above have gotten me a lot of compliments. they were regular justin roper boots that i bought new for 90 bucks. after having em for about 6 months they are totally broken in and distressed complete with a few paint splatters. building, hiking, spilling crap on em -- really gives em some character. i had a guy ask me where i bought them cuz he wanted some beatup looking ones like mine and when i told em i got em at Boot City he was like, 'wow, i thought they were some really expensive designer brand' -- granted i was wearing a vintage skinny blazer, with a crisp white button up and some english cut APC's, i could see how he couldve thought that, i just chuckled a little and told him the story.