Duchesses will always love a little bit of designer, but Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has increasingly been spotted in an array of high street buys. Even better, they’re choices that we can afford to copy ourselves, like the outfit she wore to an official engagement in London at the end of February 2020.
Kate paid a visit to a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in Stratford, along with sports stars such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Rebecca Adlington and Lutalo Muhammad, and selected a suitably sporty ensemble for the occasion.
Along with a scoop-necked green top from Mango, which was £9.99 down from £19.99, she wore coordinating bottle green culottes, believed to be yet another sale find from Zara priced at just £5.99, and a pair of trainers that eagle-eyed royal fans identified as Marks & Spencer’s finest.
The comfortable shoes, which have a green striped ribbon detail down the side, retailed for £29.50 and are perfect for running a few laps of a track, as Kate was pictured doing. However, you wouldn’t have to be exercising to make the most of your pair; you could pop them on under a floaty midi dress, add them to an office look with a blazer for a casual twist or team them with your favourite denim too.
However, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the footwear flew out of stock as soon as it was seen on Kate. Due to demand, M&S made the very wise decision to bring them back for another round earlier this year in two new additional colours.
The two new colourways were Navy and Silver, both with the identifiable rainbow stripe.
If you missed those too, you’ll be happy to hear that M&S has brought the trainers back once again, this time in a perfectly autumnal colour palette. Sizes are already selling out online so we suggest hurrying to the checkout quick if you like the look of them.
Kate’s choice of shoes isn’t just stylish, it’s a sensible choice, too: it’s fitted with M&S’s signature Insolia Flex technology, and are endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists for comfortable walking. Another box ticked is the use of vegan materials, which makes them suitable for everyone, regardless of whether or not you choose to wear leather.
The switch to M&S flats will come as something of a surprise to long-time followers of Kate’s style, who will know she regularly turns to Superga in pursuit of the perfect white trainer. Whether you prefer plain white or want to invest in Kate’s new more colourful alternative, it won’t cost you a fortune to follow in her footsteps, literally.