this is a great question, but one that has no perfect solution (unfortunately—i wish it did). i have experienced blisters in almost every pair of footwear i own, but here are some bits of advise that i’ve learned through trial and [very painful] error:
- try before you buy. if a pair of shoes hurts in any sort of way within minutes of putting it on, then take it off and put it back on the shelf. trust me.
- buy better shoes. this is such a pretentious thing to write, but i’ve found that the better the quality of the shoes, the more comfortable and long-lasting they are. it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to spend a lot; just seek out sturdy materials (pure leather, canvas, etc.) from respected brands.
- neosporin + pain relief. if you get a blister and it bursts, which is totally gross, lather it up with this stuff to avoid scarring and minimize discomfort.