Even with a host of rumoured royal regulations to follow, Kate Middleton is an undeniable style icon.
Although the experts say she has now been surpassed in the sell-out stakes by her only daughter, the adorable Princess Charlotte, Kate’s fashion picks still cause a stir – especially when they’re a) affordable, and b) comfortable.
It’s for these very reasons that her go-to summer shoes are the perfect investment piece for any royal watcher’s wardrobe. The Duchess of Cambridge been spotted sporting Sebago’s Bala boat shoes for several years running, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the flats made another royal outing this season.
Kate has worn the £96.99 shoes during several official and unofficial public appearances over the years, from braving the rain at The America’s Cup World Series to running around after a mischevious Prince George at the polo in Tetbury, and in India with husband Prince William.
With a flexi sole and front lace detail, plus quality suede and leather, the Bala pumps are the ideal choice for a casual day out, whether it’s to the park, the beach, the shops or even, as the style would suggest, on an actual boat (well, a girl can dream…)
Plus, if Kate’s much-loved pair are anything to go buy, they’ll probably last you for quite some time.
If you’re in the market for a more formal shoe for a special occasion, but still want to follow in Kate’s stylish footsteps, head to her high-street staple store LK Bennett instead. For smart affairs, the Duchess of Cambridge often opts for their classic Sledge style, a signature court shoe with a slight platform.
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