Those who leave no stone unturned when analyzing celebrity photos from red carpets probably would have noticed one baffling trend which has seemed to become more frequent lately: ladies wearing shoes that appear at least one size too big.
You have perhaps wondered if there’s a logical explanation behind it, as it certainly doesn’t seem like something done out of aesthetic convictions.
Well, as every girl who is experienced in wearing high heels will attest, no matter how often you’ve worn a pair, after a few hours in heels, your feet will swell and/or develop blisters. Celebrities often wear high heels for hours and sometimes all night long. By wearing shoes that are a bit larger than their natural size, these ladies reduce the chances of swelling, make it appear later than it usually would and make it feel more bearable when it eventually does.
To avoid foot pain, discomfort, and chronic orthopedic issues later in life, celebrities choose to wear shoes that are at least a size too big for them. Moreover, large pumps or sandals won’t rub, pinch, or squeeze because they don’t put pressure on the most vulnerable areas of the feet.
To keep shoes that are too large from slipping off at the worst possible moment and cause embarrassment, stylists usually put silicone pads inside the pumps. This simple trick ensures that the shoe fits snugly while staying on the foot, does not restrict blood circulation, but also helps to prevent swelling.
Double-sided tape is another secret tool used frequently. It also helps with providing grip, thus making larger shoes stay on the foot.
When this trend had just emerged, most celebrities that wore pumps that did not fit properly used to cover the shoes with the hems of their maxi dresses. However, as these little tricks have become more accepted, most attendees of red carpet events do not find it necessary to hide their shoes anymore.