From the Archives: Princess Diana’s Shoe Style

At the time of her tragic death in 1997, Princess Diana was the most photographed woman in the world — known around the globe for her chic style sensibility and philanthropic efforts.

The princess’ shoe style featured a variety of different styles, from flat boots to casual sneakers to slinky heels.

One style which Diana popularized? The kitten heel.


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Princess Diana attends a hospital event in Australia, 1996.
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Rather than wearing towering stilettos, Diana opted for low-heeled slingback pumps and sandals, adding a bit of height to her frame without needing to deal with foot pain.

Following her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana gave her style a sleek upgrade, ditching her shoulder pads and baggy skirts in favor of trendier looks. The style star’s go-to look then became a fitted cocktail dress with pointy-toed kitten heels.

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Princess Diana in 1997 wearing powder blue slingback kitten heels with a matching dress and clutch.
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Diana frequently matched her pumps to her dresses, choosing smart monochromatic looks that helped make her a style icon.

Of course, Diana was not in heels all the time. While picking Prince Harry up from school, she was seen in an oversized bomber jacket and high-waisted jeans, completing her casual look with flat brown boots.

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Princess Diana seen at Prince Harry’s school in 1982.
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And like Kate Middleton, Diana was often seen in Superga sneakers, choosing the style for more casual outings. For instance, she paired a blazer with light-wash jeans and dark sneakers from the Italian brand.

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Princess Diana pictured during a visit to Angola in 1997.
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For more of Princess Diana’s legendary style, click through the gallery.

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