Now that Kate Middleton has officially returned to her royal duties after the lockdown, we can return to focusing on very important matters: like how she manages to rock sky-high stilettos without grimacing in pain. Well, as it turns out, the royal’s otherworldly ability to wear heels all day isn’t sorcery, it’s Italian leather shoe inserts.
According to Vanity Fair, Middleton rarely steps out without shoe inserts in her royal pumps. The duchess reportedly uses Britain-made Alice Bow inserts, having ordered multiple packs throughout the years.
Made by British designer Rachel Bowditch, the inner soles are designed to cushion the balls of her feet and heels. Not to mention, they fit any shoe and make wearing high heels comfortable even for hours on end. (Since being on her feet all day is something Middleton is accustomed to, who better to put them to the test?)
Back in 2015, a spokesman for the company said, “There has been talk of the duchess wearing the insoles, but we cannot comment either way. We have seen a massive surge in site visits, however.” Considering anything the duchess buys almost immediately sells out, we’d say it’s highly likely.
But Middleton isn’t the only one with shoe hacks in the family. Prior to stepping down as a senior member of the royal family, Meghan Markle revealed that she buys her stilettos one or two sizes too big so they don’t rub against her heels and cause blisters.
Now we’re one step closer (get it?) to becoming Kate Middleton.
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