I’d seen some things floating around the web about how to painlessly break in new shoes, but I was more than skeptical. That is until I got a new pair of shoes that started killing my feet after three minutes.
So I decided to give it a try. Basically, all you do is put on a thick pair of socks and blast the shoes in the spots that are painful with a hairdryer. Walk around in them for a couple of minutes and repeat if necessary.
I gave this a half hearted attempt and then wore the shoes again the next day. And miraculously, they didn’t hurt. I dare say they were even comfortable.