What's Going On With Meghan Markle's Shoes?

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Meghan Markle's shoe size has people confused because it seems that her slender feet are often swimming in her ginormous shoes.

The Duchess effect is in full force!

Just like her royal sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has also quickly become a style icon. Given her sartorial choices and elegant demeanour, she's gained many an admirers across the globe. So it's only logical that she is soon becoming one of the most photographed royal daughters-in-law after Middleton. 

But if you pick up any photograph of the new Duchess of Sussex and you'll notice an eerie similarity in all of them. And that is Meghan Markle's shoe size. Most of her designer shoes look much bigger than her actual slender feet.

And while in some videos you can see her struggle slightly because of the size difference, there is a perfectly good explanation for it. 

Meghan Markle's Shoe Size Has People Confused


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Fashion expert Harriet Davey explained The Sun the exact reason for why so many celebrities include Markle choose shoe sizes that are a little too big for them.

“Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet and it’s for one reason we can all relate to—to avoid blisters,” she says.

And it looks like Markle swears by this rule as well.

If you recall her and Prince Harry's engagement announcement, it looked like Markle's feet were swimming in her extra large strappy beige suede stilettos that day. Similarly, during the Duchess' visit to Belfast in March, she seemed to have her gorgeous £595 burnt orange Jimmy Choo velvet heels in a larger size as well.  

Blisters in the long run lead to bunions

"There's nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we've all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up," Davey said adding, "The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions - like long-time heel fan Victoria Beckham has been rumoured to suffer with."

This explains why Meghan Markle's shoe size is usually too big for her slender feet. But how does she walk in them? 

Meghan Markle's Shoe Size Makes Us Wonder: How Does She Walk In Them? 


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Harriet reveals, "A trick of the trade is to stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool, and this can be taken out once they feel like they need a bit more room in their shoes."
It's likely that Markle uses this trick for all her pumps and closed heels. 
Interestingly, Kate Middleton also has a neat trick up her sleeves or shall we say shoes (sorry). Although, royal protocol insists that the women wear tights underneath their skirts and dresses, these seem to have become a saviour for somebody like Kate who is often out on walkabouts.
She even wears sticky pads to her tights so they don't let her feet slip away from her heels. 

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But let's be honest, unless you are a Duchess who gets driven around and walks on roads in high heels only for a few hours, chances are your feet are usually filled with bloody blisters in high heels.  

However, if you love wearing heels, there are hacks you can use to make sure you don't end up screaming like Monica Geller from Friends (get it?). 

3 Hacks To Prevent Bloody Feet In Heels

1. Freeze Your Shoes

If you're used to buying shoes true to size, you can ease into them by freezing them. Well, not literally. Add some water into freezer bags filling them up by almost 80 percent and remove all the vacuum. Place those bags in your shoes and put them in the freezer for anything between four to eight hours.

Now, remove them from the freezer and keep it in room temperature until the ice thaws enough for the bags to be removed. And voila! You have new stretched shoes, ready to be worn comfortably. 

2. Break In With A Hair Dryer 

New shoes can be pretty hard on your feet, especially if you haven't broken into them. So an easy at-home option is to blow dry them. Blast away your dryer evenly on all sides of your shoes. Make sure it is close enough to get heated but not so much that your shoes begin to melt away. 

Once your shoes are slightly warm, bend the areas you feel the shoes might hurt your feet. This method, whilst easy should be done super carefully.

3. Stretch And Coat Your Feet

If you don't have to urgently wear a shoe that you haven't yet broken into, then a good way to do that is by stretching them out slightly by wearing them with woollen socks at home. Alternatively, you can tape your toes and the back of your feet--places that are most susceptible to blister. 

You can even apply some clear deodorant and let it dry before you wear your shoes. The deodorant acts as a thin film or a barrier between your feet and the shoe, and that means fewer blisters. 

Whether you want to try any of these neat hacks or go the Meghan Markle way, be sure to give your fee a bit of respite from heels on some days. Hey! The Duchess does it too. 

Source: The Sun

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj