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Boardwalk Empire's Kelly MacDonald's Orthopedic Alien Shoes

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald has starred in Finding Neverland and will appear in this year's blockbuster hit Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but she's probably best known for starring in period pieces about the 1920's and 1930's, such as Gosford Park and HBO's Boardwalk Empire. When we asked Kelly what, if anything, had given her buyer's remorse, it wasn't a flapper dress, but something far more modern and trendy that bothered her.

Racked: What purchase seemed like a good idea at the time, but turned out to be something you ended up regretting?

Kelly MacDonald: I bought a pair of platform shoes online. Black platform shoes. When they arrived, they were really horrible, really ugly. I looked them back up on line to see what I saw in them, but then they looked ugly in the photo as well. They might have work on a six foot model, but I'm five two and they just looked ridiculous. They looked kind of like orthopedic alien shoes.
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