We’re all familiar with the struggles of new shoes. Great to look at, painful as hell to walk in.
While plasters become our new best friend for a few weeks, the Queen obviously has a better method.
The 90-year-old has no time for suffering. Instead, she gives her new shoes to a junior member of staff at Buckingham Palace to break in.
Stewart Parvin – the man who has dressed the Queen for 11 years – revealed that it is one poor employee’s job to walk around Buckingham Palace for days in the Queen’s size fours.
A pair of beige cotton ankle socks must be worn and the person must only walk on carpets to avoid any potential scuffs.
Once the breaking in period is officially over, a quick trial run outside will take place to ensure the Queen doesn’t slip.
Her Majesty is usually seen in a pair of black patent heels by shoemaker Anello & Davide. Costing $1670 a pair, it’s no wonder she wants to ensure they’re comfortable.
“The Queen can never say: ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more.’ She has the right to have someone wear them in,” Parvin commented.
For those of us who can’t afford a servant, there’s plenty of other ways to avoid blisters.
You can attempt to stretch new shoes by wearing them round the house with two pairs of socks.
Alternatively, a quick blast of a hairdryer on the painful areas can help tough leather expand.