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Reason Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, Wears Shoes That Are Too Big for Her Feet

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Everything Meghan Markle wears gets watched and talked about. Whenever the Duchess of Sussex is in public, there are royal watchers who see everything and report on it. There is not one single detail that escapes their watchful eyes. They take a careful look at her dresses, bags, fascinators, and her fashionable shoes. Recently there has been some talk about her wearing shoes that are too big for her feet. There is a gap between her heel and the back of the shoe that is big enough to be noticed.

Perhaps it wouldn't be a topic of discussion if it had happened just once, but it seems to be a habit. It is not a fashion trend. There is more to it than that. She is doing so to protect her feet.

Some examples of Meghan pictured wearing oversized shoes include the following times:

  • She wore strappy, beige heels last November when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement.
  • In March during a visit to Northern Ireland, Meghan wore velvet stilettos that showed a big gap between her heel and the back of the shoes.
  • She wore black pumps during her first official event with Queen Elizabeth in June.

Meghan is used to wearing oversized shoes. She did not just start doing it after she became part of the royal family. She did it when she was an actress. She was photographed wearing oversized pumps back in 2013.

Velvet stilettos Meghan wore in March 2018 during a visit to Northern Ireland.

Velvet stilettos Meghan wore in March 2018 during a visit to Northern Ireland.

What a Fashion Expert Says

Fashion expert Harriet Davey says there appears to be at least a half-centimeter gap between the back of the Duchess' shoes and her heels.

Feet can swell when she stands in her high heels all day long. Blisters can also develop on her feet if her shoes are too tight. Over time, bunions might also form. Celebrity Victoria Beckham has been known to suffer from bunions.

To be on the safe side, Meghan typically wears shoes that are one size or one and a half size too big. She has no problem walking or standing in the oversized heels.

Davey shared that there is a trick to keep the feet from slipping. She says the tip is to stuff the toe of the shoe with silicone pads, cotton or tissues to keep the feet from slipping. Double-sided tape will also keep the feet firmly in place.

What Podiatrists Say

Podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine says Meghan has a habit of wearing shoes one size up or maybe one and a half size bigger than her feet to protect them.

When the Duchess is at official events, she is on her feet walking and standing for long periods of time. This could cause swelling or inflammation.

Dr. Levine also noted that another possibility is that one of Meghan’s feet is slightly bigger than the other. Since her feet are not both the same size, she has no other choice but to go up a size to adjust to her mismatched feet. Any woman will tell you that it is better to wear shoes that are too big than ones that are too tight.

Dr. Levine and Dr. Emily Splichal, a podiatrist and human movement specialist in New York City agree that bigger shoes may actually cause more damage if the shoe is larger than it should be because the shoe will move around which could cause more fiction that could eventually cause blisters. They both conclude that feet do swell after standing for long periods of time. Going up half a size would be big enough because nobody's foot is going to swell a whole shoe size.

These are the oversized shoes Meghan Markle wore November 2017 when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement.

These are the oversized shoes Meghan Markle wore November 2017 when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement.

Celebrities Wear Oversized Shoes

The Duchess of Sussex is not the only celebrity who wears heels that are too big. Many celebrities have been seen on the red carpet wearing shoes that do not fit their feet. It is not a fashion trend.

Celebrities wear big shoes to prevent their feet from swelling and forming blisters. Bigger shoes do not rub, squeeze, or pinch their feet.

Others who have done it include Kristen Bell, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Ariel Winter and Adrienne Houghton.

Television Personality Adrienne Houghton's Shoes

Adrienne Houghton, one of the co-hosts of The Real, discussed on the talk show how she can never find heels to fit her because her feet are so small. She showed the studio audience and viewers how all of her heels are way too big for her feet.

She has been wearing them that way for so long that she has no problem walking or dancing while wearing them. You can see in the photos how big her shoes are.

Adrienne Houghton  wearing Christian Louboutin 'Miss Rigidaine' pumps

Adrienne Houghton wearing Christian Louboutin 'Miss Rigidaine' pumps

Adrienne Houghton wearing black patent high heel pumps

Adrienne Houghton wearing black patent high heel pumps

Comments

Juana Denson on September 14, 2018:

I might try that!!

Anne Cox on June 27, 2018:

Might be unsightly, but could also be a wise decision.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on June 27, 2018:

Dred Cuan, I will accept what you said about your mom and her experience with bunions. I wouldn't know first hand because thankfully I have never had them.

Travel Chef from Manila on June 26, 2018:

My mom is suffering from bunion for long time already. The bunion on her right feet was developed as she regularly wore high heels during her younger years. She told me that having bunion wasn't painful at all.