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I had this very same problem recently with some NOS vintage shoes that I had bought years ago. I finally got around to wearing them and they were cutting into my ankles like a knife. Then I remembered what the shoe salesman used to do when I was buying new shoes in the 1950's. He would bend the heel counter in at the back of the shoe and bend it as far as he could towards the inside of the shoe. Wah-la when I tried this trick with this pair I was having trouble with it immediately eased the pressure on my ankles. I really laid into it for the next try and now I have no more pain at all. It in no way damaged the shoe just took the problem away. Only a thought you might want to give it a try.