Kate Middleton Just Wore the Flat-Shoe Trend That's All Over M&S and ASOS

It’s honestly hard to think of a time when Kate Middleton stepped out and didn’t look the picture of elegance. The duchess repeatedly gives us all lessons in putting together an understated yet chic outfit, and it’s been especially true this summer. From nods to Princess Diana’s favourite polka-dot trend at Wimbledon earlier this week to on-trend The Vampire’s Wife dresses. It’s honestly been a joy to take in her recent wardrobe choices and also particularly helpful in inspiring our own elevated summer outfits.


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So when she arrived yesterday at the Royal Charity Polo Cup to support Prince William from the sidelines (cute family dog in tow), we expected no less than the perfect summer-event outfit—and of course, she delivered. The Duchess donned an effortless white Emilia Wickstead midi dress and, instead of her classic nude court heels, opted for an expensive-looking shoe style that we Who What Wear editors have recently been seeing all over the high street. Her cap-toe slingback flats were from Camilla Elphick, but affordable brands from M&S to ASOS have been selling out this polished style all summer. 

Made famous, of course, by Chanel, the two-tone footwear has become a modern classic that every shoe collection can benefit from. In my particular experience as a stylist, it’s a style that can elevate a look in an instant. Whether paired with a simple white summer dress à la Kate, or on the bottom of a simple white T-shirt-and-cropped-jeans outfit, this French-girl-approved footwear choice basically makes any outfit look chic. 

No doubt now that Kate has also given it her stamp of approval, stock will be even harder to come by, but below, I’ve managed to find some of the best options still available for you to browse and shop as well as links to get Kate’s timeless summer look. Keep scrolling to see for yourself. 


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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.