Kate Middleton Wore the Shoe Trend That's Coming for Your Stilettos

We don't know Kate Middleton's podiatrist (if she even has one), but we'd venture to guess that somewhere in the greater London area, they're breathing a major sigh of relief right now. The Duchess of Cambridge has long been unwavering in her preference of footwear, building up quite the collection of skinny stilettos over the years. She even stayed committed to her high heels throughout her pregnancy, further establishing her love for the shoes. (It's been said that your feet become more sensitive while expecting.)

But today, while visiting the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre in Kennington, she opted for a pair of block-heel pumps that, while no less chic, are supposed to be far better for your feet in the long haul. When we asked podiatrist Miguel Cunha about the best and worst heel styles, he echoed that he much prefers the thickness of block heels, "as they will provide more surface area to support the foot and ankle." Fun fact: Apart from being easier on your feet, block-heel pumps are having something of a renaissance this spring. So Middleton may be on to something by swapping her stilettos for this pair of black suede pumps.

We did some research, actually, and found five more recent K-Mid outfits that point to her growing infatuation with the block heel. Keep scrolling to see how she's been styling the emerging shoe trend lately, and then shop the shoes she'd surely approve of.

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On Kate Middleton: Gucci Silk Satin Shirt ($1300); Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag in Lilac Croc; Tod's black suede pumps

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More times she's chosen block heels:

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More block-heel pumps Middleton would approve of:

Next, read about the eight style tips one editor learned after writing 24 Kate Middleton stories last year.

Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.