Soften stiff leather by wearing the shoes to break them in, use petroleum jelly or baby oil or use a softening cream. People can use all of these methods simultaneously to help soften their leather shoes.
When someone wears shoes to soften the leather, it is important to take breaks to prevent painful sores and blisters on the feet. In most cases, someone develops these on the backs of the ankles due to the shoe rubbing against the skin in this area. Prevent this by applying a bandage to the backs of the ankles to put a barrier between the leather and the skin.