If there is one summer shoe I think should be on everyone’s shelf, it’s a pair of white Jack Rogers. I can’t even tell you how much I live in mine.
As I was singing their praise this Memorial Day Weekend – the first day it was actually warm enough to wear them this year – my mom reminded me of how much they hurt her feet. Then, I got matching blisters on each of my feet (can you see the bandages?).
While even the most comfortable shoe needs time to break in, Jacks are literally unbearable when they’re brand-new, and pretty rough the first few times you wear them each season after that. I thought I’d save you the blisters I’ve received by sharing how I break mine in for maximum comfort in minimal time.
Step 1: Accept you will get blisters. Wear your Jacks for short periods of time around the house or errand hopping.
Step 2: Get them wet! Jacks are a form of boat shoe, so if you wear them in the rain, or on a boat or in a pool for a few minutes, when they dry they will mold to your feet.
Note: when the leather starts stretching and forming to your feet, that’s usually when the blisters occur. Neosporin and Band-Aids will be your best friends during this period.
Step 3: Wear them longer. Rip of the (either metaphorical or literal) Band-Aid and wear your Jacks! The more you do, the better they’ll feel. After the current blisters I have heal, I’ll be set for the summer.
(Optional) Step 4: Remove the heel. The pretty patterned piece of leather on the heel is an uncomfortable grip for some people’s feet. It peels off easily and doesn’t ruin the shoe, so if your sore spot is the heel, this step is for you!