Oprah Winfrey is famous for giving her fans free things, but she doesn't normally give away her own things. On Wednesday, however, during the Ottawa stop of An Evening With Oprah Winfrey, the 59-year-old media mogul kicked off her shoes and gifted them to one of the 15,000 people who had crowded into Scotiabank Place for her talk.
“Who wears a size 10½?” Winfrey reportedly asked after admitting that her feet were hurting in her stiletto heels. While several members of the crowd offered up their own shoes, she refused to take them — but she did give the purple Manolo Blahniks to ex-radio-host Sandy Sharkey.
“I just happened to be a 10½,” the Ottawa resident later told the Ottawa Citizen. Sharkey was still stunned this morning when she tweeted a photo of herself holding the shoes in question and the message "still can't believe @Oprah gave me her @ManoloBlahnik shoes last night! "
But this isn't the first time the talk show host has given her own shoes away. Just last April, Winfrey reportedly removed a pair of pricey Christian Louboutins from her precious tootsies while teaching a master class at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
"I can't take it anymore," she said before gifting the shoes to a woman in the audience and continuing the gig shoeless.
Perhaps her sizing is still off? You may remember that three years ago, Winfrey put her entire collection of size 10 shoes on eBay.
"I did love these boots," she said of one pair. "I wore them one time, and they killed my feet — but now I know it was the fit. I've since learned I wear a size 11, not 10."