Why do royals NEVER change their shoes?

Why do royals NEVER change their shoes?

Why do royals NEVER change their shoes? How Kate, Meghan and even Harry are taking after the Queen – who’s been wearing the same style for 50 years

  • Queen sticks to her trusty shoes from Anello & Davide, rotating different styles
  • Kate loves her nude court shoes, especially suede Gianvito Rossi pair
  • Meghan rotates pairs of black Aquazzura shoes since joining royal family
  • Even Prince Harry is devoted to his trusty suede desert boots 

From designer dresses to handbags royals such as the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister-in-law Meghan certainly have extensive wardrobes – but there’s one accessory where they always seem to play it safe. 

Taking their lead from the Queen, who has been wearing the same style of shoe for 50 years, other members of the royal family – both male and female – seem to stick to the same footwear year in, year out. 

Even the newest and arguably most fashion-forward member of the family, the Duchess of Sussex, sticks to a few key styles rather than switching up her shoes to match her latest designer outfits. 

And her husband Prince Harry and Prince William are the same, wearing either black dress shoes for formal occasions or suede desert boots in brown or navy the rest of the time.  

Karine Laudort, Fashion Expert Commentator, told Femail it’s all down to practicality and giving a subtle hint of thriftiness.

Her favourite pair! The Duchess of Cambridge attending the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at London County Hall in October 2018, wearing her trusty nude Gianvito Rossi pumps 


The Queen, pictured visiting the children’s charity Coram in London last week, has been wearing shoes from Anello & Davide for around 50 years. Right: Her Majesty in another pair from the same brand on a visit to RAF Benson in Oxford in 1984


Meghan has made her Aquazzura shoes a staple of her royal wardrobe, wearing the Deneuve bow style on multiple occasions including a visit to the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy in September 2018. Right: The Duchess of Sussex at the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks in Surrey in August 2018

It is easier to stick to a style that is practical and neutral such as the nude court shoes which Kate always wears,’ she explained. 

‘It is well known that the Royal Family observe strict fashion rules which no-one can bend especially when it comes to footwear,’ she explained.


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‘Only closed-toe shoes are permitted and open-toe shoes considered as unformal wear and inappropriate for wedding occasions.’ 

And when it comes to picking out the said shoes, it’s much easier to go with neutral colours such as nude or black as they’re likely to match most outfits.  


The Duchess of Cambridge loves her blush coloured Gianvito Rossie suede pumps and wears them on repeat. Left: At a National Service of Thanksgiving as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in London in 2016. Right: Greeting the world’s media on the steps of the Lindo Wing after giving birth to Prince Louis in April 2018


Kate’s favourite GIanvito Rossi court shoes in Belgium in July 2017, looking good as new (left) and equally pristine at a Service of Thanksgiving in London in June 2016

‘It is always be easier to match outfits with very neutral footwear, especially when several outfits are required during public functions, and that applies to men and women in the Royal Family, even the Queen.’

She added that it’s also a handy way of not appearing too extravagant, rather than debuting a new pair of on-trend shoes for every engagement.  

‘In order to maintain a more humble public image, irrespective of whether Royals wear designer outfits at times, neutral footwear will always be the way to go,’ she said. 

The Queen’s trusty Anello & Davide heels have served her well throughout her reign

The Queen has set the tone, wearing the same style of shoe for the past 50 years, handmade for her by Anello & Davide of Kensington, West London, from the finest calf leather, usually in black patent with a brass clasp or a small bow. 

She has worked her way through hundreds of almost identical pairs over the years but circulates about ten pairs at any one time — includes plain black leather, black patent, white leather and beige leather, and three designs of evening shoe in satin, silver and gold. 

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge has made the nude court shoe her trademark look over the years since marrying Prince William. 


He loves his suede shoes! Prince Harry in navy suede lace ups in Dublin in July 2018. Rocking a pair of brown suede shoes on an official visit to Jamaica in 2012 

The light colour of the material is easily stained, plus she’s generally on her feet during royal engagements, walking the streets to meet wellwishers or traversing the lawn at garden parties. 

It would be impossible for her favourite blush, light grey and nude courts from Gianvito Rossi to emerge unscathed, so it’s certain that the Duchess keeps buying the exact same style over and over again. 

Even the Duchess of Sussex has quickly learned the trick of sticking to the mostly the same footwear. 

She’s made luxury Italian brand Aquazzura her go-to, rotating her Deneuve bow pumps with the Matilde Crisscross style in both black and nude. 

And even her husband Prince Harry sticks to what he knows, having been rocking the same blue and brown suede desert boots for the past decade.  

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