Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Breaking In"

I understand that in theory new boots require "breaking in." 

However, I would make the strong argument that it is in fact my legs that are accomodating the boots, not the other way around.

While I appreciate that the fine German craftsmanship that Konig ensures with every pair of torture devices, I feel as though my legs are being battle hardened and reshaped to accommodate the "extremely stiff" construction that is determined to retrain my ankle/heel position.

In conclusion, I have the oddest assortment of blisters and bruises from attempting to cajole the boots into my traditional way of riding. 

Today I give up, they win, I bow down and vow never again to turn my tow out or jam my heel down like I might have to bound over an oxer at any moment. 

Konig = King.  I get it, I get it.....


  1. oh i just brought a new pair of boots, so not looking forward to going through the breaking in period again!

  2. Best tip I ever got for breaking in new boots: Put them on, fill with water while your feet are in them (the barn hose is fine), walk around for an hour or two (do your barn chores), then go for a ride. Hang upside-down to dry overnight. Presto! Freshly broken in boots waiting for you the next day!

  3. I'm totally spoiled because I haven't had to break new boots in for over 10 years...

    Shannon, I've done that move before, and I thought about it, I just can't decide how much I want the boots to soften to me, and how much I need to adjust my own heel position... bah.

    knowing me I'll cave and soak the things :)


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