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How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers

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author image Amy Sutton
Amy Sutton began writing professionally in 2010. The majority of her work has been published on fitness, health-related and parenting websites. Sutton is well-versed and passionate about parenting, fitness and health issues.
How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers
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Having the proper size and type of basketball shoes is important for overall comfort and performance, but there are some steps to take before hitting the court. It can be exciting to get a pair of shiny new basketball sneakers, and breaking them in first can ensure your feet feel as good as they look. If you wear any brand new pair of shoes for an extended time, such as the duration of a basketball game, it can become painful for your feet after a while and could cause blisters.

Step 1

How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers
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Purchase new basketball sneakers well in advance of the season, to give yourself plenty of time to break them in slowly.

Step 2

How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers
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Wear the sneakers at home initially with a pair of thick socks. Start with 10 minutes of wear while doing normal, everyday activities around your house, allowing the shoes to adjust to your feet. The thick socks will help prevent the shoes from being too tight on your feet when you are ready to wear them for a game.

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Step 3

How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers
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Increase the amount of time you wear the shoes at home each day, adding 10 minutes per day until you can wear them comfortably for one hour at a time.

Step 4

How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers
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Take the next step in getting your feet accustomed to the shoes by performing light jogging at a gym for 15 to 20 minutes. Jog in the shoes daily for one week. Perform light sequences of movements involving changes of direction, stopping/starting and jumping to simulate the action of a basketball game.

Step 5

How to Break in New Basketball Sneakers
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Introduce the shoes to competitive-level basketball by wearing them to basketball practice. Observe how the shoes adjust to full-speed action and consider making adjustments to the tightness of the laces if necessary for comfort and control.

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