Alaina’s Quest for Kate’s Favorite Footwear Finds
I’m just going to say it – all women love shoes, including Kate. Boots, heels, flats, sneakers, she wears them all well. Kate tends to wear similarly shaped shoes from multiple designers in monochromatic colors, so as to best match her outfits and keep attention away from the floor.
I have to admit, when Kate wore the nude L.K. Bennett Sledge’s, I was sold.
I went out and bought a pair of nude heels (not L.K.’s – but they still looked nice,) and boy have they come in handy! I’ve worn them to work, out on the town, and even as a bridesmaid! Do you think Kate knew that those shoes would be a classic? They go with everything and they elongate the legs because of the nude color. Very flattering!
I’ve tried my hand at a few more of Kate’s shoes and they’ve all ended disastrously. Maybe I am picky about my shoes (OK, I am!), but none of the repliKates I have purchased have been comfortable, with the exception of my nude heels. I just want to clarify that I have normal yet sensitive feet, no Hobbit toes here.
Kate’s Favorite Shoes, not Loved by Alaina:
I bought the Sebago Balas, daydreaming of racing a yacht with William and Kate; the wind in my face and my hands at the wheel of the boat. Ha. As soon as I put them on, I knew we weren’t in paradise. They were too tight and rubbed my heel. Even with some moleskin on the heel, they hurt. So obviously, I should have purchased them in a different size.
I also bought a repliKate of the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoons from Sears, and returned them for a larger size, but was still disappointed in their fit. They were the right price, but they didn’t feel good, so I was heartbroken when I returned them to the store.
While bored at the office, I surfed the web for good shopping deals and I bought a repliKate of the Jimmy Choo Vamp’s from Michael Kors. They were horrifically gaudy and uncomfortable. My husband thought they were hideous and didn’t understand them (I usually wear flats, so these were a whole new ball game for me.) My limping around the house didn’t make them look any more beautiful, so they got the boot from my closet.
Before Christmas, I purchased a pair of repliKate Stuart Weitzman Half ‘N Half boots via Lands’ End. Besides getting lost in the mail, the boots were really flat and uncomfortable. Again, a major disappointment for me because I love riding boots and these could have been worn for years.
Two years ago, I found the perfect repliKate of the Aquatalia Rogue boots at DSW (random!) I even added a cushioned pad to the bottom for extra comfort, but it didn’t help. The shoe was too narrow. I tried to smile through the pain while wearing them at work, and found it didn’t help.
Wow! I’ve never realized how many repliKate shoes I’ve purchased over the years that went south. Is there any hope to wear the shoes of a Duchess?
Do you wear any of Kate’s shoes? Can you recommend any of her styles that fit well? Let me know and I’ll give them a whirl.
Fashion Files offers a retrospective look at Duchess Kate's sartorial choices.
Alaina is a stateside Anglophile, obviously living on the wrong side of the pond! Besides loving all things royal, she also enjoys playing Scrabble, sending (and receiving!) handwritten notes, shopping for repliKates, traveling locally and internationally, finding new used book stores, and spending time with her own Prince Charming! Alaina also loves e-meeting new people and she looks forward to hearing from you – firstname.lastname@example.org