Kate Middleton’s summer shoes and the Queen “isn’t a fan”
Kate Middleton’s summer shoes perfectly complement her effortlessly elegant look, but there’s one style the Queen “apparently isn’t a fan” of and the Duchess wore them this year.
Of Kate Middleton’s yellow dress (opens in a new tab) at Wimbledon 2022 in his chic Zara blazer (opens in a new tab), whether it’s a formal public event or a more casual day at work, she knows how to dress to impress. But while fans’ eyes are so often drawn to her dresses, Duchess Kate’s shoes are just as considered as the rest of her outfit. And there’s one summer shoe style from Kate Middleton that apparently isn’t impressing the Queen. In 2015, a source told Vanity Fair (opens in a new tab) that one of Kate’s staple shoes is not popular with her mother-in-law.
Instead, it’s been suggested that the Queen ‘really doesn’t like’ the style – and it’s apparently something members of The Firm (opens in a new tab) know well…
“The Queen is not a fan of wedge shoes,” the source claimed at the time. “She really doesn’t like them and that’s well known to the women in the family.”
It is understood that Duchess Kate has not been photographed publicly alongside Her Majesty wearing wedges – possibly for that very reason, although this has not been confirmed. The Duchess typically opts for classic high-heeled pumps for formal engagements or appearances alongside the Queen, such as the Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip in March and for Trooping the Color 2022.
However, these comfortable and stylish summer shoes were chosen by the future queen consort (opens in a new tab)several times over the years, including in early 2021. During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s somewhat controversial Caribbean tour in March, Kate was pictured wearing her trusty wedges for several high profile engagements.
For her trip to Abaco in the Bahamas, where she learned more about Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the community, Kate wore simple beige lace-up wedges. Attached to her ankle, they gave her look a bit more glamor and height while still being reasonably practical.
Earlier in the trip, while she and Prince William were in Belize, Kate wore another pair of beige wedges when they visited the Che’il Mayan chocolate factory. In a rich caramel tone, these featured an ankle strap and a wide toe strap with a peep-toe design.
Just months after returning from the Caribbean, Duchess Kate again wore what appeared to be lace-up wedges for a day trip to Cambridgeshire. They could also be the same ones the future Queen chose while watching the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match with Prince George, Charlotte and Louis in 2019.
It sure seems like when the sun is out, wedges have slipped out of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe – at least for solo or couple visits with William. And while the Queen might not like this style, Duchess Kate certainly knows how to accessorize her outfits to perfection with this versatile shoe choice.