Step out with Catherine
There aren’t many of us who wouldn’t love spending some time in the Duchess of Cambridge’s shoes. But while we can’t pop you into a pad at Kensington Palace, we can at least find you fabulous footwear that will take you into summer in royal style.
The Duchess almost singlehandedly took the nude court shoe from drab to fab. She favours LK Bennett’s Sledge Court Shoe in light taupe (£185), but thanks to the Catherine effect, nude is the hue on high streets everywhere. Carole Middleton and Princess Beatrice are also big fans.
Clockwise from top left:
Gadea court shoe, £139, Jigsaw: 020-8392 5603, www.jigsaw-online.com
Callahan 2, £79, Jones the Bootmaker: 0800-163519, www.jonesbootmaker.com
Bow peep jelly shoes, £15, Accessorize: 0844-811 0069, www.accessorize.com
Sheen D, £80, Dune: 0116-284 7800, www.dune.co.uk
La Wesley, £89.99, Mary & Clarks: 0844-499 5544, www.clarks.co.uk
The wedge got its foot firmly back in the fashion door when the Duchess wore Maddox raffia wedges from LK Bennett (£175) on leaving Buckingham Palace the day after her wedding to Prince William.
Clockwise from left:
Sinitta Bahama, £44.99, Clarks: as before
Elizabeth shoe, £99, Jaeger: 0845-051 0063, www.jaeger.co.uk
Brown leather wedge court with MJ detail, £120, Debenhams: 0844-561 6161, www.debenhams.com
Powersurge3, £95, Nine West: 0844-264 0199, www.ninewest.co.uk
Dandelion wedges, £138, Anthropologie: 00800-0026 8476, www.anthropologie.eu
All of the Middleton ladies – not only the Duchess – are fond of flats for those more casual occasions.
Clockwise from top left:
Bala Deck Shoes, £85, Sebago: 020-7860 0100, www.sebago.com/uk
Casual moccasin, £59, Boden: 0844-873 0000, www.boden.co.uk
Mitello ballerina, £65, Bertie: 01162-847800, www.bertieshoes.com
Marble D, £60, Dune: as before
Audry shoe, £49.99, Clarks: as before
The Duchess isn’t averse to something a little less conservative if the occasion demands. Pink with bow at the ankle for the ARK Gala Dinner, red pointed courts in Canada, silver platforms at the BAFTAs… make her your muse when it comes to party shoes
From left to right:
Yellow metal toe cap, £69.99, Zara: 0800-030 4238, www.zara.com
Isabella colour block court, £129, Hobbs: 0845-313 3130, www.hobbs.co.uk
Emin shoe, £169, Reiss: 0845-604 7457, www.reissonline.com
Daily tip from the lady archive
"DEEPLY-ROOTED is the idea that men are indifferent to dress, while the ladies, God bless them, think of nothing else"The Lady, With Prejudice, 8th January, 1942