Why Are Meghan Markle’s Shoes Too Big?


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A quick look at Meghan's high heels show a slight gap between her foot and shoeI just read an article lauding Meghan Markle for her genius hack to pain-free high heel wearing. Sighting recent photos where the newly minted Duchess was spotted with a gap between her shoes and her heel, the article explained that wearing shoes that are a size-or-too too large can prevent foot pain because they leave your feet room to swell as a result of the trauma caused by wearing said too-big stilettoes.

Now, that may well be true, but I’d like to look at this from a different perspective for a moment, if I may. If your shoes are so bad for you that they make your feet swell and cause crazy discomfort, shouldn’t the solution be to wear a different type of shoe, not a larger shoe size?

Of course, I understand that newly-minted royalty like Meghan may not be able to break the tradition of wearing high heels at official events (even is she has broken ground with her affinity for messy buns), but the rest of us are less constrained in our shoe choices.

Wearing larger shoes is not a solution to foot pain; it actually makes it more likely to occur, since roomy shoes are prone to rubbing, which can in turn cause blisters and other uncomfortable problems. If your feet are really hurting and you find yourself thinking of upping your shoe size in desperation: please don’t. Come on into our office instead and we’ll come up with a more sensible solution!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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