One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wear something, typically a pair of new shoes, until it becomes supple and comfortable.
- ‘It turns out she's going to the company ball at the weekend, and she's bought new shoes for it and decided to wear them to work to break them in.’
- ‘Next, carefully check that the boots were broken in evenly and have not been deformed due to a bad previous blade mounting or bad habits of the previous owner.’
- ‘To break them in, I decided to wear them under my jeans to the corner shop.’
- ‘Shoes can become more comfortable once you break them in, but if they're not comfortable to begin with when you're trying them on in the store, chances are they will never be.’
- ‘During today's fitting it finally felt as comfortable as I'd hoped - although I'll need to break it in and wear it for a while before I'll know for sure whether it's right.’
- ‘He's wearing square-toed ski boots, breaking them in for Norway.’
- ‘Try on as many pairs as necessary to find a pair that's instantly comfortable; you should never have to break them in.’
- ‘When you buy regular shoes, you just walk around everywhere in them to break them in.’
- ‘Never, never wear new shoes without breaking them in at least a week ahead of time.’
- ‘To break your shoes in, wear them around your house for a few days.’
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