Kate Middleton's $9 secret trick that makes wearing heels a lot easier

The Duchess' nifty trick is a game-changer

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Kate Middleton always looks the part and is known for her polished style. Rarely seen without a pair of elegant heels she's now revealed how she stays 'slip-free' when out and about.

• The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed she wears tights with sticky pads on the bottom to stay secure in heels.
• The $9 (£6) tights, which she wears to royal engagements stick to the inside of her shoes.
• In other royal news, Princess Beatrice shares a rare glimpse into her modern royal home.

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Kate Middleton is always immaculately dressed for every occasion—and this normally means pairing heels with her outfits.

Of course, being a royal she needs to look and feel comfortable in her heels so she uses a nifty trick to make sure she stays upright all day.

The $9 (£6) sheer tights, from John Lewis & Partners, have sticky pads on the sole, which stick to the inside of her heels, helping her feel more stable.

7 Denier Barely There Ladder Resist Non-Slip Tights, $9 (£6) | John Lewis & Partners

7 Denier Barely There Ladder Resist Non-Slip Tights, $9 (£6) | John Lewis & Partners

Designed with a non-slip texture on the sole for enhanced fit and wear—whatever your choice of shoes.

Kate Middleton

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The Barely There Tights, from John Lewis & Partners, are just $9 (£6) and have added Lycra for stretch and comfort. They also have the essential gel non-slip grips on the sole—helping her feel steady in her heels.

And it's not just Kate that loves them, customers of John Lewis & Partners have also been raving about the tights, which come in nude, black and beige.

One wrote, "Wore these for my daughter’s wedding as I didn’t really want to look as though I had tights on. They gave my legs a smooth, but bare look too. Love them."

While another said, "Lovely natural coloured tights with sheer appearance. Non-slip sole is brilliant with high heels."

It looks like Kate really is on to a winner!

Sarah Finley

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