"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin
Usually I just wear them for my usual 5k walking commute and break in my feet to conform to the shape of the boots. I should have very normally-shaped feet by now.
i feel dirty. i am a bad vegetarian. doubly so for owning leather footwear and oiling it with the grease (and soul i'm sure) of some poor flightless birds.
but this method totally fixed up my 15+ year old ice skates that had become brittle from storage in my parent's basement. made them funtional and comfy. it also keeps my docs in shape so i can just keep wearing them forever and never buy leather footwear ever again.
They are still even now problematic if I wear the wrong socks and try to walk a bunch in them."There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
Other than that you might have luck with using real Boot Socks and a liner sock while they're being broken in. Also, a cheap trick for blisters: Place a patch of Duct Tape on your skin where you're developing hotspots. It will absorb the friction instead of your skin.
Arbeit Macht Frei
It strikes me that it wasn't just the trolls that killed Kuro5hin. If you got sucked into those angry, obsessive debates you got burned out by them. You looked at the time you spent on the website, decided it was too much, and stopped entirely. My subjective impression was that good people left after the Arab-Israeli inspired flame-wars and the site never recovered.
Part of the excitement of Kuro5hin was the prospect of having ones say. One might never get on the BBC, but one could make the front page of Kuro5hin. It wasn't exciting in itself; it was exciting because of the possibility of persuading others and changing the world. When you realise that no-one is listening to any-one else you give up.
That realisation could come from outside. One might simply notice that no-one every replied to your comments: Gosh, you are right, I never thought of it that way. That realisation could come from inside. One might simply notice that one never felt the temptation to reply "Gosh, you are right, I never thought of it that way." That need not be a killer problem. Real life is just as bad. I think it is the big, angry debates that bring the problem to the fore.
If they chafe, you'll need to repeat that a few times and break 'em in. If you slide around too much try heavy socks or a thicker insole.
If they don't chafe, you're probably good to go. I found a brand of boots that fit my feet like they were tailored for me. I'm on my 4th pair in 15 or so years, they're by far the most comfortable footwear I own.