Meghan Markle usually wears oversized heels, for her it's all about comfort
Of course, you noticed how stunning Meghan Markle looked at the Royal Ascot this week. She radiated elegance in her Givenchy dress, a hat by Philip Treacy, a pair of Birks Petale earrings and a black satin clutch, which complimented her look.
But you probably didn’t notice her black leather pumps. They weren’t the highlight of the outfit, so it was easy to overlook them. But if you go back and look at the pictures of the Royal Ascot -- or any picture of Meghan Markle -- you will notice something rather unique about Meghan’s shoe habits. She always happens to wear shoes that are just a little too big for her. There always appears to be usually at least half-centimeter gap between the back of the shoe and her heel.
According to Fabulous fashion expert Harriet Davey has an explanation for this peculiar trend. She said: "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." She added: "The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions - like long-time heel fan Victoria Beckham has been rumored to suffer with," reported The Sun.
Meghan’s heels are preventing her from developing swollen feet, but the question is how does she walk in them? Harriet seems to have an answer for that too. She said: "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 looks like Meghan knows the tricks of the trade too, for the Royal Ascot is not the first time she’s employing this peculiar yet functional trick. On the day of her official engagement announcement, she was caught on camera wearing a pair of oversized strappy beige stilettos. In addition, on a visit to Belfast, she was seen wearing a pair of gorgeous burnt orange Jimmy Choo velvet heels. Even on this occasion, there seemed to be a noticeable gap between her heel and the back of her shoe.
Meghan sure is making a statement about comfort and fashion with her oversized footwear. But this is not the first time her fashion choices have attracted attention. Very recently, Meghan wore a maxi dress to Prince Harry's cousin Celia McCorquodale's wedding.
The attire appeared to be inspired by a similar dress that Princess Diana was spotted wearing in 1986. Many internet users were quick to spot the similarities between the two dresses. An Instagram fan account @loveprincessdiana posted a side-by-side picture of Meghan and Diana in their dresses. People were also quick to show their love for both the stunning women in their respective outfits. "Beautiful prints on two beauties," and "Really??? She's copying Diana's style," read two comments. Meanwhile, another user defended Meghan and insisted that both women looked stunning and that it was possible that she was not copying Diana and merely embracing her own style. The comment read: "Only one Diana, Meghan is her own person, with her own style. Hope they let her be her own person and not try to copy Diana. It just looks strange otherwise."
Though this may be right, it is not the first time Meghan’s style has been compared to Princess Diana's. On June 9, Meghan attended the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration where she was seen wearing an off-shoulder dress. Many thought she was breaking royal code by wearing the off-shoulder, but others argued that Princess Diana wore similar dresses back in the day.
While Meghan has received a fair share of compliments for her outfits, she’s made a few decisions that have earned her some criticism for breaking royal codes. During the official photoshoot of her engagement with Harry, she boycotted pantyhose, something unheard of for a royal. From the Queen to Princess Diana, every woman in the royal family has been seen in public wearing them. Furthermore, Meghan was spotted wearing a crossbody bag in Edinburgh, instead of carrying a clutch. Most royals carry clutches because then they don’t have to come up with a different excuse to avoid shaking hands with everybody in their path.