The Only 4 Shoe Styles Kate Middleton Wears With Dresses


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Kate Middleton definitely plays favorites. No, not with her children (that we know of) but with her shoes. She's nothing if not reliable when it comes to her footwear choices for different kinds of occasions. Yes, she'll sometimes throw us for a loop and introduce a new brand or different color into the mix, but overall, her outfits follow certain formulas.

For instance, she loves to color-coordinate her shoes. If she's wearing a green dress, she'll either go matchy-matchy and choose shoes in the exact same hue, or she'll do a tonal look by selecting shoes in a different shade of the same color family. In the same vein, she also likes to match her accessories to her shoes, so if she has a black bag and belt, you can pretty much guess what color her shoes will be. Scroll down to see and shop the rest of Middleton's favorite shoes to wear with dresses. 

1. Color-Coordinated Pointy Pumps


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When in doubt, go with color-coordinated shoes like Kate Middleton always does. She either goes for a full monochrome look or chooses shoes in a slightly different shade than her dress for a cool tonal look. 

On Middleton: ARossGirl x Soler Amanda Dress ($434); Asprey clutch bag; Zeen Dazzling Ceramic Drop Earrings ($8); Emmy London shoes


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On Middleton: Preen dress; Gianvito Rossi shoes


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On Middleton: Catherine Walker coat; Jimmy Choo shoes


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On Middleton: Needle and Thread dress; Gianvito Rossi pumps

2. Tan Wedges


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Kate Middleton's favorite shoes to wear with more casual dresses are undoubtedly her Castañer tan wedges. Specifically, she always wears them with floral short-sleeve midi dresses. She owns versions by Sandro, L.K.Bennett, and others. 

On Middleton: Castañer Carina Espadrilles ($119); Catherine Zoraida earrings


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On Kate Middleton: Sandro dress; Castañer Carina Espadrilles ($119)


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On Middleton: L.K.Bennett dress; Castañer Carina Espadrilles ($119); Mulberry bag

3. Lace-Up Ankle Boots


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Middleton also loves to wear ankle boots with dresses and tights. These L.K.Bennett boots are one of her newest additions, and we have a feeling she'll get plenty of use out of them. 

On Middleton: L.K.Bennett Mollie Boots


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On Middleton: Eponine London dress; L.K.Bennett Mollie Boots

4. Knee-High Boots


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For chillier weather, the Duchess of Cambridge's outfit formula is simple: midi dress and coat of the same length plus knee-high suede boots. If it ain't broke, why fix it? 

On Middleton: Hobbs coat; Zara dress; Stuart Weitzman boots


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On Middleton: Sportmax coat; Michael Kors dress; Manu Atelier bag; Stuart Weitzman boots

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 13 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.