Um, Why Are Meghan Markles Shoes Always Two Sizes Too Big?

Call it the “Markle sparkle,” the “Meghan Markle effect” or the “duchess denouement” (OK, we made that last one up…): Whatever Markle dons, from Givenchy to floral Oscar de la Renta, we are so here for it.

But we were just as confused as royal experts when we heard the Duchess of Sussex tends to wear shoes way too big for her feet. Nope, this isn’t some “glass slipper doesn’t fit so she’s not Cinderella”situation. This is a “Markle purposefully wears way too big shoes” situation. But, why?

According to The Sun, the answer is actually pretty genius. “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,” fashion expert Harriet Davey told the paper.

When the shoes are a bit too big, it means even if Markle’s feet swell up from standing for long periods of time (at royal events and ceremonies, for instance), her skin won’t rub against the shoe, which would cause blisters.

Welp, there you have it, folks. If the shoe (doesn’t) fit…she’s probably a royal.