The Queen bans Kate Middleton from wearing this fashion staple

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When Kate Middleton joined the royal family in 2011, she probably had no idea what was in store for her. Like the other commoners who came before her, she probably didn’t expect all the rules and protocols she would face.

Among the many rules established by Queen Elizabeth II, the way the royal family dresses is a top priority. Plunging necklines, high hemlines and bare shoulders are definitely frowned upon.

And, while we’ve seen plenty of female royals breaking the aforementioned rules, including Middleton herself, they mostly do so out of the Queen’s sight. However, something as innocuous as shoe styles is still something all royals should keep in mind when dressing.

If the shoe fits

The Queen herself prefers shoes handmade by London shoemakers Anello & Davide. The style she’s worn for decades is modest black patent leather shoes. Although not the most fashionable, they look comfortable and supportive. And we get it; when you find a shoe you love, you’re hooked too. Sometimes the queen steps out in different styles, but she always goes back to her trusty patent leather shoes.

And when it comes to other female royals, the Queen has opinions on footwear. She likes to see heels, preferably low heels or stilettos. But, wedges? She’s not a fan.

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So while we’ve seen Middleton sport the style, his advisers have warned against flaunting his outrageous footwear in front of the Queen. We’ve yet to see if she’ll be rocking the style again come spring.

Shop the look

The wedges have stood the test of time. They have been around since the 1930s and have gone out of fashion. They rose to popularity in the 70s, again in the 90s and most recently in 2019. Both Middleton and Meghan Markle were spotted wearing espadrille wedge sandals, and we think they look lovely. Here are a few corners that we think will look great this spring and summer, royal protocol be damned.

‘Caldes’ Linen Wedge Sandal

TONI PONS Caldes linen wedge sandal in navy blue linen.

This wedge sandal from Toni Pons is a comfortable and cute option to wear with all your spring and summer outfits. The textured linen fabric, available in five neutral colors, combined with the delicate ankle strap, adds the perfect style while remaining versatile. Plus, there’s no need to worry if you plan to be out all day. With an extra plush footbed and flexible sole, these sandals are as comfortable as they are cute.

Uri espadrille wedge sandal

Steve Madden Uri Espadrille wedge sandal in beige suede.
(Steve Madden)

For those who like a little more height, these wedge sandals from Steve Madden will help you channel your inner duchess. Dressed up or down, these sandals will be your go-to during the warmer months. Braided trim adds a subtle yet eye-catching touch, while the wide, comfortable strap provides all-day support. Available in beige suede, white leather, raffia braids or sheer, each choice provides the perfect neutral base for a colorful dress or floral top. These shoes run a little small, so be sure to order a half size up!

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