How should I take care of new leather shoes?
November 29, 2011 10:42 AM Subscribe
How much should new leather show use?
I recently bought a pair of Steve Madden leather boots. After wearing them for a half hour to run to the pharmacy, they already showed signs of cracking near the toe and instep (pictured
). I've worn them once since then, and it's gotten slightly worse. These are brand new boots, and I have weatherproofed them but not conditioned them. Is this normal? I keep buying new shoes that do this right away, and I immediately get paranoid that I'm ruining them rather than wearing them in. Should they do this? Is the leather dry? Are they too small? Are they cheap? I've noticed that it happened more quickly when I wore them with thicker "boot" socks.