Like most fashionistas, Meghan Markle has amassed quite the collection of designer shoes, spotted at public engagements in brands like Manolo Blahnik and Stuart Weitzman. But, like sister-in-law Kate Middleton, Meghan also recycles a good amount of her heels, mixing and matching her favorites with her midi dresses. The Duchess of Sussex has her go-to pumps for special occasions (Aquazzura) and sandals or sneakers (Veja) for more laidback outings.
Though I doubt Meghan will participate in MarieClaire.com’s Item I Wear to Death series—a girl can wish—because she’s not afraid of a repeat-wear, it’s easy to identify the few brands she holds dear to her heart. Find out what they are, ahead, then shop styles from her favorite brands directly.
Meghan always turns to Aquazzura for the important events in her life. She wore them on her wedding day, on her first royal tour, and to her first Young Leaders Awards Ceremony. The high-end Italian footwear designer makes everything from knee-high suede boots to the bow-adorned “Deneuve” pumps the Duchess of Sussex loves. She has worn the latter style several times to public events and even to weddings. Despite the steep heel height and pointed-toe fit, cushioned insoles make these velvety smooth suede shoes surprisingly comfortable.
The Duchess of Sussex started wearing Sarah Flint long before she became a royal. Meghan was spotted in flats—cute, versatile, and ladylike—from the brand in 2017, when she made her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games. Though we’ve yet to see her back in those very flats, this year she has worn Sarah Flint sandals and the brand’s tortoiseshell heel pumps multiple times. It appears the Duchess is on her way to owning every single style from the shoe brand.
You’ve seen just about every celebrity wear a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels on the red carpet. Meghan’s no different, wearing hers to charity events and around Kensington Palace. Stuart Weitzman’s open-toe heel is a popular style among Hollywood types, but Meghan prefers a pair of closed-toe pumps in beige. (Because I can’t imagine her or Kate Middleton ever flashing all ten toes in Queen Elizabeth’s presence.) She packed this everyday option with her when she embarked on her 16-day royal tour, and even brought along a pair of black boots from the label. Kate’s worn the American brand on multiple occasions, too.
What do Carrie Bradshaw and Meghan have in common? A mutual love for their Manolo Blahniks. The Duchess of Sussex owns the footwear label’s signature BB pump in several colors: black, gray, and beige. (The heel was first introduced in 2008 and is named after Brigitte Bardot.) It’s a classic pointy-toe pump with a wrapped stiletto heel. We have yet to see the Duchess of Sussex wear the flashier version adorned with a crystal buckle, instead sticking to plain colors and embellishment-free footwear. (Much to Carrie’s disappointment, I’m sure.)
We’ve seen Meghan wear sneakers twice since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, both times during the royal tour in October. She wore a pair of vegan kicks by Stella McCartney x Adidas and a pair of white sneakers by Veja. The French sneaker brand might not be too familiar to some, but it’s rather affordable and prides itself on creating sustainable shoes. This appears to be something Meghan cares about, as she has worn several small, ethical fashion labels, including Maggie Marilyn, Outland Denim, and Reformation. Keep an eye on the Duchess and her eco-friendly fashion choices as we head into 2019. There will be more.
Meghan’s assortment of heels includes pairs by British designer Tamara Mellon, who has been running her eponymous footwear line since 2013. The former chief creative officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo designs it all, from western-inspired boots to strappy sandals. The Duchess of Sussex chose the rather distinguished paramour style in April and wore the label again in October. That time, she chose a beige heel to go with her olive-colored Brandon Maxwell shirtdress.
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