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.
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 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. But if you missed the first drop, fear not, because M&S has made the very wise decision to bring them back for another round. There’s limited sizes listed, but they are online, so we’d suggest moving quickly if you want to snap them up.
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.
Earlier that same week, we reported that her usual go-to pair was on sale at Amazon for £30 – so 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.