Kate Middleton’s New Favorite Shoe Is a Retro Classic

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Kate Middleton spent much of last summer in white stilettos, the shoe that accompanied her everywhere from Centre Court at Wimbledon to the Caribbean. But those versatile courts are far from the only secret wardrobe weapon at the royal’s disposal.

The Princess of Wales appears to be similarly enamored of a pair of ladylike Mary Jane heels by Alessandra Rich, which she wore to join Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, at the Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle on June 19. Middleton teamed her girlish white shoes with a similarly demure polka-dot dress by the same designer and a coordinating hat by the Irish milliner Philip Treacy.

The Princess of Wales wearing Alessandra Rich

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Back in May, Middleton paired the Mary Janes–which have a mid-height heel, a dainty strap, and a black cap-toe detail—with a green ’40s-inspired dress by Suzannah London for a visit to the Anna Freud Centre in London during Mental Health Week, and she’s previously worn Rich’s Fab pumps to take in a tennis match and to attend a memorial service for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Kate Middleton was long ago won over by Alessandra Rich’s vintage-inspired tea dresses and playful polka dots—she has worn the designer’s prints for countless public engagements—and it seems that Rich’s retro footwear has now earned a permanent spot in the princess’s affections too.

Wearing Mary Jane heels on a visit to the Anna Freud Centre.

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