While it’s a natural part of wearing in your brand new raw denim, “dry crocking” or “bleeding” of the indigo onto your oxford shirts, white sneakers, even your fingers, can prove to be a pain in the butt. Giving your denim a few cold soaks prior to wearing will remove a little of that excess indigo while still preserving most of it that’s ripe for the fading. It won’t complete negate the indigo bleeding onto other wares, but it will definitely help.