If you’re a follower of The Duchess of Cambridge’s style, you’ll know that her flawless taste extends to her killer footwear collection.
The Duchess’ shoe collection features a variety of luxurious brands including Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Prada. However, she’s a great advocate of affordable, high street brands too. It doesn’t stop and start with her widely recognised fondness for L.K. Bennett heels either; she was recently spotted sporting a pair of very budget-conscious New Balance trainers at marathon training session in London.
With her shoe collection taking in a range of classic courts, comfortable wedges or durable knee-high boots – practical styles that are suitable for a whole range of royal duties – there’s plenty to take note of and transfer into our own busy lives! So if you want to step out like a Royal, we’ve rounded up the most affordable and stylish pairs in the Duchess’ shoe collection…
Over the years the Duchess has sported a selection of designer shoes. However, she also has a soft spot for the British high street, with L.K. Bennett’s ‘Fern’ shoes clearly a firm favourite. The nude heels have seen plenty of wear since they first made an appearance on the 2016 Royal Tour of India. Their simple and timeless style makes them perfect for a whole range of events, from visiting schools to touring the Taj Mahal.
L.K. Bennett’s ‘Sledge’ shoes have also become a go-to for the Duchess, who has worn them again and again – around 200 times to be precise! The chic heels made their debut back in 2011 at the Epsom Derby and, since then, have been worn on numerous occasions – most memorably at Zara Phillip’s wedding and during the 2014 Royal Tour of Australia.
Gianvito Rossi shoes
Rossi’s shoes are known for their comfort and elegance, so it’s no wonder the Duchess frequently turns to them to complete an outfit. Other A-list fans of the brand include Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Courtney Cox.
The Duchess owns the Gianvito Rossi heels in four different colours: black, red, burgundy and (unsurprisingly) nude.
Over the years, the Duchess has demonstrated the sheer versatility of wedges, sporting them with a whole range of pieces, from dresses to jeans (and everything in between). Her most iconic pair were from Monsoon and featured an espadrille heel.
The Duchess prefers a cork finish and has pairs in this style from L.K. Bennett and Stuart Weitzman.
When it comes to boots, there are two brands that stand out for the Duchess – Aquatalia and Penelope Chivers.
The ‘Rhumba’ by Aquatalia (also known as “Hi and Dry” at Russell & Bromley) is the Duchess’ boot of choice. She was first seen wearing this style back in 2011, and has since become a firm favourite in her wardrobe.
The Duchess also sported a pair of Penelope Chivers tassel boots for more than a decade – they dated back to her days at university.
It’s not just wedges and high heels that the Duchess favours – she’s also partial to a comfortable flat shoe. These Sebago ‘Bala’ boat shoes were a popular choice for her during the royal tour of Canada in 2011, and they continue to be Catherine’s go-to footwear for casual outings. The ‘Bala’ shoes are hand-sewn moccasin slip-on’s that feature premium suede uppers and cushioned Latex foam sock lining.
Catherine is also a fan of Russell & Bromley’s Xpresso crossover flat, which she wore during a royal engagement in Delhi, India in 2016. Designed in the softest blush toned suede, these feature a delicately pointed toe and are finished with a chic crossover strap.
More active royal duties require more comfortable shoes, and the Duchess is not afraid of experimenting with sports brands.
On her Royal Tour of Canada, she swapped her signature nude court shoes for a comfy pair of white Superga trainers while visiting the Sail and Life Training Society. She opted for the White 2750 Cotu Classics teaming them with black jeans and a lightweight jacket for a dressed-down look.
Over the years she’s showcased a variety of sportswear brands, including the likes of Adidas, Asics and, more recently, New Balance.
Maybe the secret to the Duchess’ looking so at ease in heels is down to her go-to designs being genuinely comfortable. But even Catherine has a little trick up her sleeve, in the form of trusted £15 high heel insoles from Alice Bow!