Royal Shoes – Kate Middleton’s Shoe Choices & The Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton is keen on keeping all of the details of her wedding day wardrobe secret from the world and there continues to be much speculation about what she’ll be wearing from her gown down to her shoes.  Queen Elizabeth wore ivory duchess satin shoes embellished with silver and pearls on her wedding day to Phillip:

Here they are pictured from an exhibition of her wedding day clothing 60 years later.
 Lady Diana’s slippers were made by cobbler Clive Shilton.  They were decorated by no less than 600 mother-of-pearl sequins and had a very low heel due to the fact that no one wanted her to tower over Charles.  I’ve read that two pairs were made in case of emergency, as one would expect.
These photos of Lady Diana’s wedding day slippers, taken by Tea with Friends blogger Angela McRae when they went on display in Atlanta last year at the Civic Center there.  
Here’s another view of them.  Beautiful!  (Photo)

In thinking about Kate Middleton’s wedding day,  legendary shoe designer, Manolo Blaknik, wants Kate’s wedding shoes to represent “springtime”.

Back in February, Footwear News asked a handful of top designers to sketch their designs for the Royal Wedding.    This is what they came up with (images courtesy of Footwear News).  The first one is Monolo’s :

“An ivory silk pump with organza lilies of the valley and sea pearls.  It represents springtime and everything fresh and new, which is what Kate Middleton is about,” he said.

Giuseppe Zanotti designed a black satin sandal with a large sapphire centerpiece and surrounding diamonds, on a metal dipped stiletto.  He said, “I wanted her shoes to match the classic and sophisticated elements of her ring, but with a younger, modern edge.  Jewelry for the feet is my DNA, so designing for a princess comes very naturally.”  Just my opinion, but his design seems a bit more high fashion than princess-worthy on her wedding day.

Rene Caovilla came up with a white satin sandal with marabou feathers and multicolor Swarovski crystal gems.  “This shoe is fit for a princess because the sandal is elegant, sexy and precious, and it suggests a magical atmosphere.”

My pick out of the three would be Manolo’s.  They are pure, delicate and demure – perfect for a Princess on her wedding day.  However all three of the designs are far more dewy and delicate than the heels she typically wears.  While I think Ms. Middleton has made some fashionable wardrobe choices over the past few years, I suspect her taste in shoes will become a bit more refined after the wedding.  Here’s a look at the heel style she tends to favor:

Kate wearing a classic navy round-toe shoe with a sturdy square heel from British fashion house L.K. Bennett at her last public appearance before the wedding last week. (Photo – Starmax)  The shoe brand also created Camilla Parker Bowles’s wedding shoes for her 2005 marriage to Prince Charles. It definitely leaves us wondering what she will choose in the footwear department for her big day…and more importantly, since Kate is sure to be the next big style icon followed closely by the press, what will her shoe choices mean for shoe designs and trends in the United States.  I am seeing a more rounded toe and square heel in our future!  I’ll miss my stiletto heels, unless Kate adopts a sleeker heeled shoe!
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  1. mdhely

    Me too! I’ve always wondered about her shoes because they don’t seem to go with the rest of the pretty picture. Do you think the royal family frowns on delicate stilettos or seeing the tiny crack’s between one’s toes? That would be sad.

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