A job for the ages

Her Majesty does, after all, enjoy certain perks:

When you’re 90 years old and the longest reigning monarch in British history, you get the privilege of not risking a blister. According to a royal insider, Queen Elizabeth has hired a staff member to break in her shoes before she wears them, The Evening Standard reports.

There is, of course, a prescribed protocol:

[T]he Queen’s wardrobe designer Stewart Parvin reveals that the staff member must wear a pair of beige cotton ankle socks and only walk on the carpet while breaking in the new kicks.

“The shoes have to be immediately comfortable … The Queen can never say, ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more’,” he said. “She has the right to have someone wear them in.”

Monarchs have all the fun.


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 April 2017 · 9:24 pm

    I wonder what size she wears.

    (Not that I’m looking for a job at the moment)

  2. CGHill »

    13 April 2017 · 10:23 pm

    She wears a UK standard size 4, which is approximately a US 6.

  3. McG »

    13 April 2017 · 10:44 pm

    Such small shoes that her eldest son will never be able to fill.

  4. fillyjonk »

    14 April 2017 · 7:11 am

    *Crosses ‘Queen’s shoe-stretcher” off potential-jobs list* (7 1/2 here, 8 in athletic shoes)

    Also, I hate to say it, but: I suspect it’s not a job one would have for terribly long. (And McG is right….)

  5. Holly H »

    14 April 2017 · 11:17 am

    McG, good one. Well, with my giant feet (size 10), perhaps I could get a job as ’emergency super-fast shoe stretcher”? Honestly though, I’ve never believed in buying shoes that have to be broken in. With her budget, she can’t find comfortable shoes, right out of the box?

  6. Jennifer »

    14 April 2017 · 12:34 pm

    That’s what I was thinking, Holly.
    So…fillyjonk, wanna break in my shoes? It doesn’t pay very well, but the size is right.

  7. CGHill »

    14 April 2017 · 1:18 pm

    Her Majesty’s shoes are bespoke and pricey; you’d think they would have resolved comfort issues long ago.

  8. Brett »

    14 April 2017 · 2:04 pm

    It is Her Majesty’s pleasure to ensure that there are as many jobs as possible, even at the cost of some small discomfort to herself.

  9. fillyjonk »

    14 April 2017 · 5:14 pm

    Though perhaps I take some comfort in the fact that even the Queen of England’s shoes are uncomfortable at first. (Field boots. Field boots are the worst in terms of having to break in. Not that HRH wears those….)

  10. McG »

    15 April 2017 · 8:25 am

    I think I’ve seen pictures of her on holidays at Balmoral wearing “wellies.”

  11. McG »

    15 April 2017 · 8:26 am

    …and it’s “H.M.” for her. HRH is a lesser honorific, good enough for her husband and descendants.

  12. CGHill »

    15 April 2017 · 3:11 pm

    It’s moments like this that make me feel better about Paris Hilton, who wears a size 11.

  13. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    15 April 2017 · 11:59 pm

    “It’s good to be the King.”—Mel Brooks

    … or, in this case, Queen.

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