A fashion expert explains why Meghan Markle wears shoes that are a size too big
I don't know about you, but I spend very little to no time looking at Meghan Markle's feet.
With her on-point outfits, incredible beauty and innate ability to command a room (plus much, much more), there's generally so much going on with the newest member of the Royal Family that you simply don't have time to stare at her feet. But... come on. Stay with me here. Let's entertain the idea.
Let's say you're trying to recreate her amazing style and all you have left is the footwear. Let's say you've lent Meghan Markle some shoes but she keeps on telling you she's lost them, but you don't believe her and spend your days trying to catch her in the act of stealing your shoes. Let's say you're Quentin Tarantino.
What you'd might notice in those cases (and in any other cases where you're staring at Meghan Markle's feet) is that she seems to be wearing shoes that are a little too big for her. Not to the point where they're falling off her feet and she's struggling to walk in the graceful manner befitting of someone married to Prince Harry, but enough to raise an eyebrow.
At first glance, you might struggle to wrap your mind around it. Meghan Markle, wearing ill-fitting shoes?
It doesn't make any sense. It's not as if she's rustling through the bargain bin for a pair of nice shoes but they didn't have any in her size. So, any fashion sleuth worth their salt would deduce that Meghan Markle wears shoes a size too big for a reason, and they'd be right.
Enter fashion expert Harriet Davey, who reveals that like Meghan Markle, most celebrities do the same thing when attending an exclusive event or party, and it's for a pretty relatable reason.
"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. 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."
While I don't usually wear heels, I can certainly relate to Meghan's plight; too much walking in a fancy pair of shoes not really designed for walking means that uncomfortable fabric is pushing up against my skin or socks, wearing down the material and altogether giving me a problem to contend with the morning after my night out.
But this raises another question: when her feet are too small for her shoes, what does Meghan Markle do to keep them where they should be gracefully? Davey has the answer to that too: "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."
Well, there you go, folks. Next time you're shopping for shoes and your perfect pair are only available in a size up from what you usually wear, just take a deep breath, smile, and buy them anyway. It's what Meghan Markle would do.