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April 11, 2019 – 19:03 BST Fiona Ward Kate Middleton has a very nifty fashion hack – she buys her shoes in two different sizes! Find out why

The Duchess of Cambridge’s shoe collection is the envy of many, that’s for sure – but did you know she has a nifty fashion hack when it comes to her footwear? She buys her heels in two different sizes, between a 38.5 and a 39 (or a 5.5 and a 6 in British sizing). No doubt Kate does this for comfort reasons and it seems to vary depending on the brand – her Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ navy pumps and her red carpet ‘Vamp’ strappy sandals are in a 38.5. She even goes down to a size 38 in Rupert Sanderson designs, though the brand advises sizing down on its website.

Kate’s Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ sandals, in a size 38.5

Meanwhile, Kate wears a 39 in her L.K. Bennett ‘Agata’ sandals, which feature a peep toe and a bow detail at the ankle. It may be that the Duchess opts to go for a size bigger in her strappy heels since she might be more likely to wear them in the warmer months, and no one wants their feet swelling during a royal engagement, right?

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Kate isn’t the only royal woman who’s savvy when it comes to her shoe sizing, in fact. The Duchess of Sussex is actually thought to wear her favourite heels a whole size larger than necessary – in order to avoid discomfort. Look closely at pictures of Meghan at official events, and her shoes often appear too big for her, with a gap at the heel.

Meghan’s Aquazzura Matilde heels

HELLO!’s fashion editor Rachel Story tells us that it’s not uncommon for stars to do this, too. “Celebrities often size up for red carpets or other events – mainly to avoid blisters,” she says. “Plus, it’s all about how the shoes feel when you try them on and walk around in them, rather than sticking to what size you normally take. Italian shoes often run bigger – I always take a half size smaller. So that could be the case for why some styles, such as Aquazzura, are large on Meghan.”

Kate’s Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ navy pumps

The black court shoes Meghan chose for her Royal Ascot debut in June 2018 appeared to be a little too big for her, as did her Aquazzura Matilde heels when she and Prince Harry first announced their engagement in November 2017.

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And if you’re wondering how Meghan and Kate manage to walk in heels that are a little too roomy, there’s apparently an extra red carpet hack. “Some stars have been known to stuff the toe with padding like cotton wool,” Rachel says. “And then it can be taken out if you feel you need a bit more room.”

The royals had a very busy weekend across the pond in London.

While Meghan Markle was hugging Beyoncé at the Lion King premiere with Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William were in the royal box at Wimbledon watching an epic men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

While we were able to get a good look at Middleton’s pale blue, textured Emilia Wickstead dress while she watched the match with a nicely coordinated William, it wasn’t until she stepped onto the court to present the trophies—she’s a patron of the All-England Club—that we saw she had opted for something other than her signature wedge for footwear.

Here’s a good look from the front:

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And the side view:

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The bone-colored block-heel pumps with an adjustable ankle strap were a perfect summery pick—and the best news of all is that they’re still available at the totally affordable price of $56. Yes, the Duchess of Cambridge apparently loves Aldo as much as the rest of us do. As with all things Middleton wears, these are likely to sell out fast, so grab them while you can. Case in point: Her Emilia Wickstead dress, which retailed for around $957, is totally sold out.

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Middleton’s shoes weren’t the only affordable accessory she wore on Sunday. She also threw on her classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers, which retail for $153.

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While we’re handing out sartorial praise, we must give some props to Prince William for coordinating so perfectly with his wife’s color palette and sunglasses vibe.

Well played, Cambridges.

  • After her Sandringham walk yesterday, Kate Middleton’s green Emmy shoes caught fans’ eyes.
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Kate Middleton looked absolutely fabulous (and festive!) yesterday in green and gray as she walked with her kids to Sandringham Christmas service. Sadly, her coat is custom Catherine Walker (per What Kate Wore), but you can buy her pretty and winter-appropriate green shoes, if you should so choose.

Josie Greenery Emmy £395.00

The Emmy Josie shoes are still available in some sizes (devastatingly, not size 6, otherwise I’d be buying myself a belated Christmas present right this instant). The heels are a little over three inches but the padded footbed is specifically designed for comfort.

I can totally see why the Duchess of Cambridge likes them so much—she’s also worn the shoes in navy, so clearly they are a fan fave. I’ve said it before, but Kate and Meghan Markle are the sources for luxe-but-comfortable footwear, specifically because their work necessitates them standing and walking so much.

By the way, if you want your bag to match your shoes, the Natasha bag Kate’s carrying is also Emmy. BUT her sister Pippa Middleton stepped out the other day in a pretty Kate Spade forest green bag that would also do the trick. You know, just as an FYI. Her earrings are a rewear, Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond earrings, as is her fascinator from Lock & Co.

Here’s a closeup of the shoes in the pretty sunlight:

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So gorgeous.

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Wondering which rain boots Kate Middleton wears? We can confirm they’re by Le Chameau. She wears the Vierzonord style in the colour “Vert”.

Kate’s worn the rubber Wellington boots a number of times since joining the Royal Family in 2011. She regularly wears the Le Chameau wellies during public engagements on behalf of the Royal Family, including official visits with her local scouting group.

We’ve spotted her wearing the wellies during off-duty moments too, such as watching her husband play polo in a muddy field.

Rain boots fit for a Princess:

Each pair of Le Chameau boots is individually handcrafted by a master boot maker who uses only the highest quality rubber. The Vierzonord boots are finished with a 3mm neoprene lining for added comfort during cold winters (ideal for temperatures up to -15°C / 5F).

About the Vierzonord style:

The Vierzonord boots are part of Le Chameau’s “Vierzon” line. The company claim this line of Wellington boots were the first to feature a gusset strap that can be genuinely adjusted for a better fit.

The Vierzonord boots feature an ergonomically designed calf that offers both support and comfort, plus the boot offers superior arch support with its reinforced shank. Even the soles are well designed; they’re created from double density rubber designed especially for frequent wear on all terrains.

Did you know: the Vierzonord Wellington boots were first designed by Le Chameau nearly fifty years ago in France?

Where to buy Kate Middleton’s rain boots:

You can purchase the Vierzonord boots from The company deliver to Great Britain, the United States and France. At the time of writing, the company offers free next day delivery in the UK.

You can also purchase the boots from a range of other outlets, including Mastershoe.

“Excellent value for money”:

According to the managing director of LLC Ltd, which imports Le Chameau into the UK, the Vierzonord boots aren’t the cheapest on the market, but their “longevity means they offer excellent value for money” (source: The Telegraph).

A cheaper version for milder weather:

Le Chameau also produces another version of the rain boot that’s identical to the version Kate wears, but less expensive. It’s called the ‘Vierzon’ boot. Both styles are the same, except for one key difference: the cheaper version is lined with jersey instead of neoprene. The Vierzon boot is designed for mild weather conditions where temperatures don’t fall between 0°C / 32F.

You can purchase the Vierzon style wellington boots from (who deliver to the UK, USA and France).

Loved by Royalty:

Le Chameau boots are frequently worn by the Royals because they are designed for country life, yet they balance functionality with style. Like Kate, Prince Harry wears Le Chameau Vierzonord boots too!

Will Kate kick off a war of the wellies?

In 1955 the North British Rubber Company came up with two revolutionary ideas: to make their boots green and to make them fit properly. The Hunter was born, a favourite of landowners and the Royal family. Sales rocketed in 1980 after Lady Diana Spencer, who, like the Duchess of Cambridge, had an ability to sell clothes just by looking at them, was pictured wearing a pair after her engagement was announced. Two years later The Sloane Ranger Handbook noted: “London Sloanes sprout green wellies in wet weather like a plague of frogs”.

By the mid-Noughties the weather didn’t have to be wet, the location didn’t have to be the King’s Road and the wellies were no longer just green – the wellington boot was hijacked by the fashion industry and widely copied and worn on the high street. The past few years have seen every imaginable motif on a wellington boot, from the Union flag to Jimmy Choo crocodile-skin, as well as high-heeled versions by the high-end design houses Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

Hunter, which fell into administration in 2006, was rescued in part by another Kate – the model Kate Moss, who, to the delight of a succession of newspaper picture editors, accessorised a tiny pair of shorts with a much larger pair of wellies at Glastonbury. Liz Hurley, Madonna, Alexa Chung, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell and, er, Sarah Brown have all followed suite. When David Cameron visited Washington DC in July 2010 he gave President Obama’s daughters a pink and a purple pair of Hunters respectively.

Hunter, which lost £300,000 on sales of £4.3 million in 2006, made a £16 million profit on sales of £56 million in 2010. Two weeks ago it was sold to an American private equity company which wants to expand its business overseas; it already stocks luxury stores in New York City.

Back in Britain, however, the good news for dedicated avoiders of fashion is that the sober, functional wellington boots appear to be returning to the places where they belong: muddy moors, summer festivals and chilly touchlines supporting the future King of England.

Chelsea tractors may still be thriving in the capital, but you’re much less likely these days to see a Chelsea farmer, decked in tweed, green wellies and a deerstalker – and never having ventured beyond the M25. Meanwhile, fashionable Russians and Arabs, fresh off the boat, appear finally to have realised that patterned wellies in the city make them look like idiots.

There may, Leitch admits, be some sort of wellie scene in east London – Hunter’s website boasts a “Shoreditch”, a rubber, biker-style boot – but that, thankfully, is also on the wane. “They’ve probably already moved on to something I haven’t even heard of yet,” he sighs.

Of course, the French are still up to their nonsense. Aigle, a luxury brand with the wonderfully meaningless motto, “For the reintroduction of man into nature”, boasts a wellington called “Les Bottes boyfriend”. Modelled by a woman in a man’s shirt, muddy legs and not much else, they are apparently the “new must-have that looks like it’s been borrowed from your boyfriend’s wardrobe” (which, frankly, seems an odd place for him to keep his outdoor footwear).

Thankfully, Le Chameau, the rival French brand beloved of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, has less pretentious credentials. Established in 1927, its boots might be expensive, but they are at least functional (they have a unique snap fastening), warm (they contain neoprene, the material that is used in wetsuits) and sober (mainly green, no polka dots). They’ve even been seen on the feet of someone who occasionally makes a living out of the land: Alan Titchmarsh.

The main objection to them is that they’ve also been worn by Jamie Oliver and Peter Mandelson – although not, I think, on the same embarrassing occasion, or as an attempt by the Prince of Darkness to bring a more sophisticated angle to his style.

And if the Duke of Wellington is turning in his grave now that his boots are widely made in France (“We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France,” he once said, rather presciently), at least he can console himself that Hunters themselves are made in China and owned by Americans, and that Prince William’s football boots, while almost certainly made in China, might well have been bought in Lillywhites in London.

Watch this space.

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Whereas the Queen is a devotee of Hunter rain boots, Kate favors her pair of Le Chameau Vierzonord wellies for public engagements in less-than-desirable weather conditions. She’s been spotted in these country-chic rain boots at various outdoor activities such as charity polo matches and Scout Camp visits, often pairing them with simple, layered neutrals or coordinated outerwear.

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Le Chameau — a heritage brand founded in Northern France in 1927 — is a leading producer of natural rubber boots and known for quality and careful craftsmanship. The Vierzon boot line is a classic, first made in the 1960s, and is as influenced by fashion as it is by functionality.

The Vierzonord, Kate’s boot, has an adjustable buckled strap to ensure a comfortable fit around the calves and is lined with neoprene for waterproofing. All of Le Chameau’s boots are designed with arch support and all-terrain-grip soles.

Kate’s Boots: Le Chameau Ladies Vierzonord Neoprene-lined Boots

To buy:, $230

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Similar Style: Womens Le Chameau Leather-Lined Chasseu

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Kate Middleton’s Best Fashion Moments of the Year

The “Kate Middleton effect” — and the world’s collective obsession with shopping the Duchess of Cambridge’s picks — is nothing new, and it remained in full force in 2019.

“There has long been a contingent of Kate fans drawn to her classic choices and penchant for British designers,” explained Elizabeth Holmes, a longtime style reporter and author of the forthcoming book “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style,” in an interview with FN earlier this year.

In 2019, Kate continued her streak of British brands, choosing shoes from labels such as Emmy London, Russell & Bromley and longtime favorite L.K. Bennett.

Many of the duchess’ selections were classics, like pointed-toe stilettos and block-heeled pumps. But some of her choices were more unexpected. For instance, this February, Kate stepped out in London wearing block-heeled lace-up boots from L.K. Bennett that had an edgier feel than most of her shoes. She teamed the boots with a green knee-length dress and opaque black tights.

Kate Middleton steps out in a green Eponine dress with L.K. Bennett boots in London on Feb. 5. CREDIT: Beretta/

The mom of three had a rare red carpet moment on Feb. 10 at the BAFTAs. She attended the awards show in a one-shouldered white gown from Alexander McQueen, designer of her wedding dress, and glittery silver Jimmy Choo pumps.

Kate Middleton wearing a white dress with glittery Jimmy Choo pumps at the BAFTAs in February. CREDIT: Anthony Harvey/

Another longtime favorite brand of Kate’s is Gianvito Rossi, whose shoes she has worn many times over the years. Gianvito’s Piper silhouette was Kate’s favorite for pairing with dresses and trousers alike this year. The shoes, which have a pointed toe, a block heel and a suede upper, cost $695 on

Kate Middleton wearing an Alexander McQueen coat dress with Gianvito Rossi Piper pumps on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. CREDIT: Kate Middleton in a Smythe blazer, Joseph trousers and Gianvito Rossi pumps in London, Nov. 12. CREDIT:

While many of Kate’s shoes picks came with designer price tags, some were more affordable. Sneakers from Superga and New Balance sneakers made appearances in her wardrobe this year. The duchess attended Wimbledon in July wearing $80 beige pumps from Aldo. Despite the Kate effect, the shoes are still in stock on the

Kate Middleton wears a blue flared Emilia Wickstead dress with Aldo Nicholes pumps at Wimbledon in July 2019. CREDIT:

As she looks ahead to 2020, Kate is likely to continue wearing a high-low mix. Her penchant for British brand is expected to carry over as well.

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Kate Middleton may be the Duchess of Cambridge, but she is undoubtedly the Queen of casual wear. And now, thanks to Amazon’s Black Friday deals, you can score one of her most iconic go-to staples, white Superga sneakers, for only $44.


The tennis shoes are usually priced at $64.95, meaning select sizes are up to 32% off as part of the Black Friday extravaganza. Kate has been spotted wearing the classic sneaks at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on May 20, earlier this year, but she’s also sported them at the 2017 London Marathon and on her 2016 Royal Tour of Canada.

K.Midd wearing her Superga White Classic Sneaker at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Getty

The shoes are 100% cotton and feature a lace-up vamp with silver-tone rivets. Just an FYI from Amazon reviewers: Supergas tend to run large, so consider sizing down.

2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker Superga $56.87

Worried about the shoes getting scuffed up? Superga notes that their Cotu styles (a.k.a. this one) can be easily washed if you throw them in a pillowcase and wash them on cool with powder detergent and leave them out to air dry. Problem solved.

Speaking of the Duchess’s footwear, you should also note that Kate’s other favorite athletic shoes — a.k.a. the New Balance Cruz Fresh Foam running shoes — are also discounted at the moment, depending on your size.

Whether you decide to go with the Supergas or New Balance sneaks, or both, we’re here to stress that you should snag your favorites ASAP. As with many royal fashion finds, these styles will likely sell out FAST once the rest of the internet gets wind of these discounts, so hurry!

To shop more royal footwear Amazon sales (like Meghan Markle’s adorable Muck rain boots), check out the links below.

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This morning in London, Kate Middleton and Prince William attended a charity event to benefit Shout, an organization that supports people in crisis. For the occasion, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for an ensemble that was polished and professional, choosing a classic 9-to-5 pairing that was all about spotlighting her comfy work pumps—because even royals gravitate towards practical footwear that can be worn all day long.

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For her various appearances this year, Middleton has regularly worn chunky block heels, a sturdy silhouette that’s a more arch-friendly alternative to her beloved pin-thin stilettos. Her latest take, a pointy-toed suede style in black by Gianvito Rossi, features an 85-millimeter heel height (not too high, not too low). She accessorized her comfy shoes with yet another wardrobe staple: a plaid Smythe blazer styled over a classic white tee. Red trousers by Joseph, meanwhile, gave the look a pop of color.

So, while Middleton may not be trading in her glittery princess shoes or sky-high Jimmy Choos anytime soon, she’s sensible enough to give her feet an occasional rest. Below, shop 6 similar styles.

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Kate Middleton Has Worn This Comfy Sneaker Brand for Years — and It’s On Sale

Move over, Supergas! Kate Middleton may have another favorite sneaker in the running. The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a pair of grayish-blue New Balance sneakers for The King’s Cup Regatta, a charity sailing race, in which she competed head-to-head with husband Prince William. While Kate is often seen in classic white Superga sneakers when dressing more casually, she’s sneakily been wearing New Balance kicks for years.

Kate’s love of the brand dates back to at least 2017, when she competed yet another race against Prince William during a Team Heads Together London Marathon Training Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Facing off against her husband that time, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pair of black New Balance sneakers with red stripes that matched her red jacket, creating a super sporty look.

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Kate’s love for New Balance didn’t end there: She wore another pair of NB sneakers while playing soccer with young girls at The Irish Football Association’s “Shooting Stars” program in Northern Ireland in February 2019. This time, Kate opted for a navy style to go with her athletic pants and lightweight blue jacket worn over a striped sweater.

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If you’re looking to get your hands on a pair of New Balance sneakers like Kate’s, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite styles from the brand to shop now, including a reissued pair of the style Kate wore for the charity sailing race for just $80. But the deals don’t end there: New Balance is offering 20 percent off orders over $99 and free shipping to Rewards Members, and 15 percent off orders over $99 to non-members. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here for free through November 24.

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Kate opted for the brand’s 611v1 Cross Trainer in a light shade of gray, which perfectly matched her gray and black sailing ensemble.

Kate opted for a sleek and comfortable pair of New Balance sneakers.Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Based on the product’s description, it looks like the duchess values comfort when choosing the perfect sneakers. The 611v1 Cross Trainer features a memory sole insert for extra padding, while the upper portion’s mesh fabric allows for extra breathability.

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The duchess paired the shoes with black shorts and a gray waterproof jacket, which Footwear News reports is the $155 Team Softshell Jacket by Gill. The sleek yet practical jacket has a fleece lining that probably came in handy when trying to stay warm while out on the open water.

Gill Women’s Team Sotftshell Jacket

This isn’t the first time the duchess has reached for New Balance when dressing down — she opted for the brand’s Fresh Foam Cruz sneakers in a deep shade of navy blue during a visit to the Irish Football Association in February.

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The Fresh Foam Cruz design also includes breathable mesh fabric and thick soles, so it seems like Kate definitely prefers to keep her feet well cushioned during her athletic adventures.

Bon voyage!

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