Kate Middleton’s Summer Style: Ditching Pumps for Espadrille Wedges

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Kate Middleton is nothing if not loyal to her pointed-toe pumps.

The Princess of Wales is almost always protecting her feet from the earth in pricey designer heels—preferring pairs by Gianvito Rossi, Aquazurra, and Jimmy Choo, which can retail at upwards of $700 per pair.

However, for an outing on Monday, May 22, she swapped her pumps for a reliable pair of espadrilles wedges, which can mean only one thing: Summer is here.

Middleton wore the summery beige and brown Castañer wedges (specifically the Carina 80 suede and jute espadrille wedges) for an appearance at the 2023 Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

She wore the shoes with a two-toned pink long-sleeve shirtdress from Me+Em with dainty buttons and chic pleats.

The dress’s hem falls a few inches above the ankles, which gives the wedges a chance to be a star.

She wore her chestnut hair down in soft curls and a side part, and she matched her makeup to the dress with pink cheeks and a pink lip.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attends the 2023 Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2023 in London.
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The exact wedges are currently on sale for just $72.

Castañer Carina 80 Suede and Jute Espadrille Wedges
Although Kate Middleton loves her pumps, she also loves a rewear.

The princess has worn the same pair of Castañer wedges several times since 2019.

Middleton wearing the wedges in 2019
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Middleton wearing the wedges in 2022
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Middleton is not the only royal fan of the style.

Meghan Markle wore a similar pair of Castañer wedges in black while on a tour of South Africa in 2019.

(The sisters-in-law are also mutual fans of Aquazurra sling-back heels.)

Meghan Markle wearing Castañer wedges in South Africa in 2019
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Meghan Markle in 2019
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Also taking style cues from Kate? Her mom, Carol Middleton.

Last summer she was photographed wearing the exact same Me+Em two-tone pink pleated dress.

It’s unclear if Kate and her mom have matching mother-daughter dresses, or if Carol dipped into the princess’s wardrobe.

Either way, I wouldn’t put it past the women in the royal family to have a shared fashion mood board.

Royal rift or not, good taste can bring people together..

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