Goodyear-welted shoes take time to break in because the leather upper and insole need to conform to the shape of the wearer's foot. This process can be slow because leather is a natural material and requires time to stretch and soften. The process can also be slowed down by the thickness and stiffness of the leather, and the design of the shoe.
Breaking in Goodyear-welted shoes can involve some initial discomfort, but this should subside as the leather molds to the foot and becomes more flexible.
To minimize discomfort, it is recommended to wear the shoes for short periods and gradually increase the amount of time until they feel comfortable for full-day wear.
Here at Norman Vilalta we recommend to wear your new Goodyear-welted shoes for 1 hour the first day, then gradually wear it for an additional hour each additional day until you reach a full work day.
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