Since becoming a royal, all eyes have been on Meghan Markle and her rising fashion icon status.
When it comes to her footwear choices, the Duchess of Sussex has amassed a collection of gorgeous designer shoes from brands like Manolo Blahnik and Aquazzura. But the former actress has also embraced switching up her style with sensible choices at affordable price points, even choosing to ditch heels in favor of cushy flats on multiple occasions — and she’s not compromising looks for comfort.
Markle’s affinity for practical footwear has reached an all-time high as of late — from Sam Edelman flats to Birdies slippers — making a case for versatile shoes that marry happy feet and a chic look. Bringing a sophisticated flair to all her outfit choices, the royal’s comfy shoe wardrobe includes great options under $200. Yes, you read that correctly!
From ethical fashion brands to sleek sneakers, take a page from the Duchess of Sussex’s fashion book and shop her favorite comfortable shoes.
While paying a visit to Auwal Mosque in Cape Town, the Duchess paired her olive Staud dress with sensible, neutral-colored flats. The pointed-toe Sam Edelman “Sally” flats are available in narrow and wide styles and feature a padded footbed. Did we mention they’re only $100?
Shop it: $100, zappos.com
During the first day of her South Africa tour with Prince Harry and Archie, Markle recycled a pair of espadrilles she’s worn in the past. The 4-inch Castañer wedges (with a .5-inch platform) are made with a canvas upper and a ribbon tie at the ankle — the perfect mix of dressy and down-to-earth.
Shop it: $89, mytheresa.com
We’ve seen the Duchess sport her beloved Birdies slip-ons many times, long before her days as a royal. Most notably, she wore them when she announced her pregnancy in New Zealand and later while visiting an all-girls school in Morocco. Markle paired the slippers, which feature a plush, quilted insole, with skinny jeans both times, making a case for functional footwear that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Shop it: $120, nordstrom.com
Proving that traveling in style doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort, a then-pregnant Markle gave us a lesson in airplane fashion. The former actress opted for a pair of sleek, black running shoes to complete her relaxed look. The lightweight kicks are built for maximum comfort with a secure, sock-knit fit to relieve pressure points and a cushy insole to support every stride.
Shop it: $180, nordstrom.com
Meghan Markle doubled down on comfortable footwear during her first royal tour with Prince Harry in Australia wearing sneakers for the first time ever at a public appearance. The Duchess complemented her laid-back ensemble with a pair of Veja kicks at an Invictus Games sailing event. The ethical shoes are made with sustainable leather, organic cotton and wild rubber from the Amazonian forest.
Shop it: $150, zappos.com
The Duchess ditched her heels and slipped into a pair of Rothy’s twice during her 2018 Australian tour, including a Melbourne beach visit. The pointed-toe flats are made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic water bottles. Not only are these knit shoes eco-friendly, but they’re also incredibly supportive and machine-washable.
Shop it: $145, rothys.com
Rounding out the list of Markle’s sensible footwear is a pair of chic, versatile booties from J.Crew. The Duchess paired the suede boots with an equally practical blazer from pal Serena Williams’s fashion line and jeans during her Australian tour. With a 2.5-inch block heel and a back-zip closure, the booties offer the right amount of height but are low enough to wear all day.
Shop it: $188, zappos.com
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