Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, was thinking pink while visiting the 2023 Chelsea Flower Show this week. The annual event, which is also called the “Great Spring Show,” is hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate the season’s best flowers.
While visiting the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the occasion on Monday, Middleton wore a two-toned paneled pink dress by Me+Em. The royal’s long-sleeved silk style featured a pleated button-down front with a tied waist sash, complemented by a collared neckline and midi-length hem. Her attire was minimally accessorized by a pair of small gold fern-shaped Catherine Zoraida drop earrings.
When it came to footwear, the princess completed her outfit with a set of woven Castaner wedges for a springtime twist. Her style featured a woven raffia base with uplifted front soles and 3 to 4-inch triangular heels, which connected to form a thick “wedged” base. The pair was complete with smooth light tan suede closed toes and counters, as well as thin upper lace-up straps that tied around her ankles. The style added a carefree, breezy finish to her attire while remaining versatile and chic for the occasion.
Espadrilles are favored in the spring and summer months for their lightweight construction, bohemian silhouette and nonchalant woven raffia wedged soles — which often connect thick heels with lifted front soles for a wedged appearance. Pairs are frequently favored annually in neutral hues like tan, brown, black and cream, as well as tonal colors like pink, blue and yellow — as seen in new styles by Tory Burch, Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman and J.Crew.
Middleton is more typically seen in pointed-toe pumps from Emmy London, Jimmy Choo and Stuart Weitzman, among others. Her go-to style is Gianvito Rossi’s 105 pumps, which she owns in five colors. In addition to her royal rotation of heels, the duchess also wears affordable all-white sneakers from New Balance, Adidas, Superga and Zara on and off duty.
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Aaron Royce is the Assistant Digital Editor for Footwear News, where he writes stories on celebrity style, brand collaborations and in-depth profile interviews. As a day-to-night dresser, he favors boots, loafers and vintage-inspired denim that can be worn from the office to any number of after-hours soirées — particularly with a ‘90s grunge or punk rock-inspired twist. In his spare time, Royce enjoys reading, discovering New York’s secret gardens and hunting for the perfect pair of combat boots.