How to Break in New Tennis Shoes


New tennis shoes can be uncomfortable and stiff to wear. Breaking them in before engaging in playing tennis or any other physical activity can make your shoes more comfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoe stretcher
  • Wear your shoes two to three times indoors around the house on a smooth surface, which is softer than outdoor surfaces.

  • Walk slowly on a treadmill several times and wear them for gym workouts on exercise equipment.

  • Place a shoe stretcher in your shoes if they are still uncomfortable after two to three wears. To use a shoe stretcher, insert the device into the shoe and turn the knob to expand. Leave the shoe stretcher in place 24 to 48 hours to stretch the shoe.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not begin running on new tennis shoes until you have broken them in, or it might cause leg and joint problems.

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