The chic and classic shoe style both Kate Middleton and Queen Letizia are loving right now

Slingback heels have the royal seal of approval, with both the Princess of Wales and Queen Letizia rocking the sleek style...

Kate Middleton and Queen Letizia of Spain pictured wearing slingback-style heels with dresses in a pink, three-picture template
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Known for their sophisticated and sleek attire, it appears the Princess of Wales and Queen Letizia have something else in common when it comes to their style - their mutual love of slingback heels.

Stepping out on October 7, for an event highlighting World Mental Health Day, Queen Letizia wowed in a statement emerald midi dress, accessorised with dainty silver earrings and a pair of slingback heels. Despite her eye-catching look, our eyes immediately zeroed in on her choice of shoe, the style of which just so happens to be a staple in Kate Middleton's shoe collection.

Indeed, we saw Kate ditch her go-to Superga trainers (which are on sale right now) in favour of some chic, monochromatic slingbacks - which swiftly became Kate's summer shoe of choice.

Queen Letizia of Spain wears a green dress and black slingback heels as she attends the Mental Health's Day 2023 event at the Ilunion Hotel on October 10, 2023 in Madrid, Spain.

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Princess Catherine was pictured wearing a black and white Alessandra Rich pumps during Wimbledon 2022 and a few months prior, during her visit to the Anna Freud Centre in May, pairing the heels with a green, button-up maxi dress. Their design is very reminiscent of vintage Chanel - which is another fashion house that Kate loves, especially when it comes to her handbags.

Catherine, Princess of Wales wears a green dress and black and white slingback heels as she visits the Anna Freud Centre, a children's mental heath charity of which she is patron, on May 18, 2023 in London, England. The Princess of Wales is marking Mental Health Awareness Week with visits to two charities this week. Anna Freud is a charity which uses scientific research to provide young people with the support they need at a time when they needed.

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Queen Letizia instead, opted for a more minimalist style, pairing her patterned dress with some shiny black court shoes. They also featured a pointed-toe, a style Kate is also known to prefer when it comes to her heels, so that's yet another styling tip we can take from the two royals.

Clearly, the duo are ahead of the curb, as 'Quiet Luxury' pieces are very popular right now and these slingbacks are as timeless as they come. As both Kate and Letizia prove, this style of shoe would make a great addition to your capsule wardrobe, thanks to their simplicity and versatility.

Speaking of versatility, these shoes are perfect for both summer - as they're close to a sandal - and for an easy formal shoe, to pair with dresses and pantsuits, as Kate now prefers. 

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As for recreating the royal look, we'd recommend sticking to neutral colours like cream or beige, or just going for a classic black pair - as they will easily complement any outfit. 

Thankfully, as mentioned simple, timeless shapes and pieces are very on-trend right now. So you can easily find similar slingback heels to both the Princess of Wales and Queen Letizia's pumps at retailers like Next, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, to name just a few.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...