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Don’t kid yourself, the whole ‘oversized’ trend does not extend to shoes. There is, however, another far more practical reason that Meghan Markle has been choosing footwear that is clearly several sizes too big for her feet. It’s not a royal screw up, but a totally practical choice.

The newly minted Duchess has been known to choose shoes that look like they’re meant to be grown into. For example, here she is at the official engagement announcement photocall last year wearing a glorious pair of Aquazzura nude suede pumps.

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Only, on closer inspection, it appears as if Markle’s feet are swimming in them.

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So what gives? Is the 36-year-old expecting a growth spurt?

Not likely. In fact, the real reason Markle and other celebs wear shoes that are one or two sizes larger than perfect is also the most practical: because it hurts their feet less.

How relatable is that?!

Celebrity fashion expert Harriet Davey told The Sun that “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.”

 

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

What a simple but brilliant solution to a wretched problem! Because swelling is not swell and bunions are definitely not funion. Though it does raise the question of how Markle manages to walk normally in too-big shoes… is she spending more time shuffling that actually walking?

Here’s the Duchess of Sussex employing the fashion hack during a recent solo outing with the Queen.

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Davey explains, “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.”

Given, most women don’t have the same style resources as Markle, but it might be worth having a pair or two of too-big heels in the closet for those upcoming summer weddings.