The Queen hires someone to break in her new shoes

<i>The Queen will never get blisters thanks to this foolproof method [Photo: PA]</i>
The Queen will never get blisters thanks to this foolproof method [Photo: PA]

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.

<i>One servant is made to break in the Queen’s new leather shoes [Photo: PA]</i>
One servant is made to break in the Queen’s new leather shoes [Photo: PA]

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 £1000 a pair, it’s no wonder she wants to ensure they’re comfortable.

<i>The Queen’s bespoke shoes cost £1000 a pair [Photo: PA]</i>
The Queen’s bespoke shoes cost £1000 a pair [Photo: PA]

“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.

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