sophie_countessofwessexshoes.jpgThese (yes I'll say it again) credit crunching times seem to be also applying to royalty. Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has found a thrifty solution to her penchant for designer shoes during a visit to Timpson's shoe repair workshop.

Upon remarking that her Laura B heels could do with a bit of a shoelift, the cobblers offered to repair them on the spot. This left Sophie standing in just her bare stockings while Jimmy Clarke made the repairs.

"When she asked what repairs we do she said, 'Actually, I could do with having mine done!' She said she wouldn't mind going barefoot for a while," he said. [via Times]

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