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How much do leather loafers break in?

IndianaGeo

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I recently purchased a pair of Darwin loafers from Church's. They feel a bit tight at the moment after wearing them one time. I'm surprised because in the store they felt like a snug but reasonable fit. However, once walking on them for awhile I feel they're quite snug. I'm wondering if this is normal and what I can expect the break-in period to be, or IF they can be broken in? Thanks.
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voxsartoria

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If by "breaking in" you mean "will my shoes get larger," the answer sadly is probably, "no."


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I have only had issues with C&J loafers before - felt ok instore, hurt the first time I walked in them properly.

The best solution I found was wearing them for 3/4 hours indoors, and using shoe trees for two days. I had purchased two loafers, the same model in calfskin and suede; the method worked for both shoes..

You may need to wear the shoes for longer. I wear the calfskin pair more often and have not occurred any issues; as I wear the suede less often they can feel tight but found using shoe trees even when not wearing the shoes, the problem no longer occurs.
 

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my suede driving loafers will stretch a little after frequent wearing but that's about it. If you want the shoes to be bigger, try bringing to a cobbler and ask for the shoe to be stretched.

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Thanks everyone. I think they're breaking in a bit more. I took them to a Church's store today and they said to give it a bit more time as the sizing appears correct. We'll see what happens over the week.
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From personal experience, all of my loafers have stretched a lot (not in length of course).

Some of them I could hardly walk for more than half an hour in them during the first few days but now they fit perfectly.

That being said I don't worry anymore when I purchase a (quality) shoe that fits tight initially because I know that within a week or two, and even more with time, they'll become just as comfortable as slippers.
 

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