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Kate Middleton has two style secrets that help her wear heels for extended periods of time.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is frequently on her feet for hours during royal engagements, has been known to use several “stylist tricks” to stay comfortable and “appropriately dressed at all times,” according to royal etiquette expert Myka Meier.
Speaking to Insider, Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, said Middleton has been known to be a fan of two specific products.
Middleton has been photographed wearing tights with non-slip cushions
First, to prevent her feet from slipping out of her heels, Middleton wears non-slip tights from John Lewis, a department store in the UK. The sheer stockings, which retail for £6 (around $8.40 USD), feature gel strips on the bottom to help your feet grip more firmly onto the soles of your shoes.
As Footwear News reported in 2017, royal fans previously spotted a photo of the duchess wearing tights with gel cushions similar to the ones on John Lewis’ non-slip stockings while on a royal tour of Canada in July 2011.
The photo shows clear, gel-like strips peeking out over the side of the duchess’ pointy-toe Tabitha Simmons heels.
Middleton also wore the shoes while visiting Sainte-Justine University Hospital in Montreal on the third day of the couple’s 2011 trip.
Representatives for John Lewis did not respond to Insider’s previous request for comment.
The duchess uses leather insoles as well
Meier told Insider that Middleton has also been known to wear Alice Bow insoles, created by British designer Rachel Bowditch.
According to Alice Bow’s website, the slip-in leather soles — which retail for $22.95 in the US — are designed to “cushion” your feet so you can comfortably wear any type of shoe, including high heels, for hours.
In 2015, an unnamed source told Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl that Middleton had “ordered a couple of packets” of the Alice Bow insoles. “She thinks they are great,” the source said.
At the time, a spokesperson for Alice Bow told Vanity Fair that the company could not comment on “talk of the duchess wearing [its] insoles.”
“We have seen a massive surge in site visits, however,” the spokesperson added.
Representatives for Alice Bow did not respond to Insider’s previous request for comment.
There’s no official protocol that dictates what footwear royals should wear
“You never see a royal without their nude stockings,” Arbiter previously told Insider. “I would say that’s really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the queen requires.”
Speaking to Insider, Meier said royal women typically wear tights while “performing their royal duties in their professional roles.” And when it comes to shoes, royals make sure to choose the “appropriate” footwear for the occasion they’re attending.
“We have seen the Duchess of Cambridge in sneakers and flats at more casual or athletic-themed events,” Meier said. “She has also worn open-toe, strappy heels to evening events.”
And while Middleton has been photographed in wedges before, you’ll likely never see her, or any other member of the royal family, wearing them around the queen, Meier added.
“The queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes,” an unnamed source told Vanity Fair in 2015. “She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family.”
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