LOS ANGELES "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin has added a new kind of sole to her performances.
The "Respect" singer last week fractured the big toe of her left foot on a favourite Jimmy Choo shoe and is now singing her brand of soul music in hospital-issued footwear, her representative said on Tuesday.
Grammy-winner Franklin had just played a private show in Dallas when she returned to the hotel and stumbled over the designer shoe, which was on the floor because she was packing, said Tracey Jordan, a spokeswoman for the singer.
The heel of the shoe "wrapped around" Franklin's big toe on her left foot, Jordan said.
A few days later, while on concert tour, Franklin went to a hospital in Indiana where she was told the toe was fractured, and she was given a wooden shoe with blue cloth to support the injured foot.
"The first question was, 'How am I going to get this shoe to match my gown?'" Franklin said, when first told her toe was fractured, according to Jordan.
But the 69-year-old Franklin has continued singing and touring and is scheduled to perform on Tuesday night in Vienna, Virginia.
Franklin, whose hits include "Chain of Fools" and "I Say a Little Prayer," last November cancelled concert appearances for six months on doctors' orders and later underwent surgery. She has not disclosed the nature of surgery, or the reason for it.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)