These are honestly the most deadly Doc's I've seen, so I HAD to get them. They're sweet because they can be dressed down, or up. I've owned a lot of Doc's and the break-in process is always a pain, but these ones were pretty bad (I'm assuming because of the studs) When you first put them on, expect the part boot over the top of your foot to be VERY snug. (Possibly even a little painful when you take the boots off) Don't panic because it's expected with this type of leather. The best thing that I reccommend to soften the boots is: run a sink full of HOT water (still able to put your hands in though) and submerge the boots for a minute or two. Shake the boots out, and you can dry the footbed a little to get some of the excess water out. Put the boots on with two, or a VERY thick pair of socks. Walk around, preferrably around the house for the first bit. In an hour or two take the boots off, take off your socks and let your feet dry completely. You can moisturize them if you want to help prevent blisters. Put on a NEW pair of THICK socks and put the boots back on. Keep the boots on until they are fully dry.*note, if you take the boots off when they are damp they can shrink and may be more uncomortable when you put them back on. If you HAVE to take the boots off, stuff them very full of newspaper to keep them held open while they dry.