Jan 172013

We are back with a few more of our 2012 polls, Our first poll looks at Kate’s “old,” or previously seen footwear. We’re doing this one because I think favorites may change or differ from last year’s choices after having an additional year of seeing Kate wear the shoes in different settings with different outfits.

We begin with the Jimmy Choo “Cosmic,” part of the brand’s 24:7 capsule collection of handbags, shoes and boots. It features a towering 5″ heel atop a 1″ closed-toe platform. Kate’s version is black suede, selling for $695 at Jimmy Choo, as well as Net-a-Porter. (There are many other finishes available, including patent and glitter.)  Here is an example of Kate wearing the Cosmic with a shorter dress, providing a good look at the shoe.

Jimmy Choos Cosmic

Kate’s grey Rupert Sanderson “Malone” shoes were back this year, the Duchess paired them with her blue M Missoni coat when visiting Fortnum & Mason with HM and Camilla in March. The grey suede heels feature a rounded toe and heel, they were previously seen in 2011 for Order of the Garter.  The shoe is shown in stock at the company’s website, but only in black patent, it is £375 (about $600).

Rupert Sanderson “Malone”

LK Bennett’s “Art” pump was seen again on multiple occasions in 2012, including Kate’s visit to Olympic Park in March, and the Jubilee trip to Nottingham with the Queen and Prince William. The navy leather pump is an older style, it features a broader heel and rounded toe.

LK Bennett “Art”

The blue suede pumps by Prada were back, paired with Rebecca Taylor separates in April when Kate and William attended a reception honoring the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole. The pump is a medium blue suede, it features a pointed toe and squared footbed. It is no longer available for purchase.

Splash News

We saw Kate wear the Jimmy Choo Vamp several times in 2012. Below we show it paired with a Roland Mouret gown in May for a dinner with William at Claridge’s. This style is part of the CHOO 24:7 collection mentioned above, the platform sandal is done in metallic leather with 4.7″ heel and 1″ platform (comparable to a 3 1/2″ heel). The Vamp remains available for $750 at Jimmy Choo online in Kate’s “champagne glitter” color, Nordstrom also offers the shoe for $750 in multiple colors.

Splash News/Jimmy Choo

Kate accessorized a pink Emilia Wickstead dress at the Sovereigns’ Luncheon in May with Prada pumps in a blush/rose satin. I am sorry we don’t have a better photo of them or product shot.

John Stilwell/Press Association

Not to be overlooked, the much loved Sledge by LK Bennett, seen many times in 2012. (If ever I thought an inanimate object deserved its own parody Twitter account, the Sledge would be it.) The patent leather shoe has a 4.5″ heel, 1″ platform and rounded toe. The color worn by Kate is Taupe, the shoe comes in many other colors. The Sledge is available at LK Bennett for £195/$345 and also $345 at Nordstrom.

Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire – LK Bennett

Kate’s black Prada pumps were seen several times last year, the distinctive ‘curved’ heel distinguishes them from other styles, as does the black Prada heel and gold logo.

PA Wire/Splash

At the announcement of a charitable initiative in June we saw Kate’s Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’ The espadrille-style wedge has a canvas upper and buckle slingback, the shoe is available in many colors, including the natural worn by Kate (£80, $160).

PA Wire/Pied a Terre


We have separated out boots from other footwear, the styles and purposes are so different it didn’t make sense to have them grouped together. In the boot category we begin with Kate’s “Charge It” boots from Russell and Bromley, shown most recently when Kate was discharged from the hospital in December. Unfortunately this style is no longer available.

Jeff Moore/SplashNews.com

Aqutalalia’s high-heeled “Rhumba” boots were seen on many occasions. The boots have a stacked heel, rubber sole, half zipper and weatherproofed suede with a bit of stretch to it, one reason they are so comfortable. (And popular.) The Rhumba is available for $698 at Aquatalia, in *very* limited sizes at half-price at Neiman Marcus.

Courtesy Alyssa Phillips/Aquatalia/Newbury Today Twitter Feed

Kate’s other Aquatalia footwear was also seen with some frequency, her “Royal” booties (called the “Regal” at Aquatalia) were worn several times. The shoe has a cushioned footbed, elastic stretch panels, and a 3.5″ heel with a 1/2″ platform. Nordstrom offers the bootie it in many sizes and colors for $398, although Kate’s ‘Espresso’ suede seems to be sold out. Aquatalia has the bootie in several colors as well, it is $425.

Splash News/Aquatalia by Marvin K.

Our next pair of boots is more practical, Kate’s Le Chameau wellies appeared again in 2012, shown below on a “roughing it” camping program in June.  She wears the Vierzonord, a style designed to protect against cold temperatures that is also “100% waterproof”. The boots remain available in many sizes at Philip Morris UK, the US version of these are the Ladies Vierzon Nord, we show them at Orvis, they seem to have most sizes in stock.

David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire


Finally today, our hat poll.When visiting De Montfort University with Her Majesty in March Kate wore a hat by Lock & Co., the ‘Fairy Tale’. Available in 8 different colors, this hat retailed at £285, roughly $450 USD at today’s exchange rates.

De Montfort University Twitter Feed/Lock & Co.

Kate wore another piece by Lock and Co. for another March engagement, the annual St. Patrick’s Day ceremony with the Irish Guards. This piece was the firm’s ‘Betty Boop’ style, it is no longer available for sale.

Anwar Hussein/Lock & Company

At the April wedding of Kate’s friend Hannah Gillingham she wore a hat attributed to Madeleine Millinery by the Daily Mail. Unfortunately we have no photos of the event, neither of the picture services I use have images. You can see pictures from the Mail here, or visit Pop Sugar for 60+ photos. (It will be included in our poll.)

The Duchess spruced up a previously seen Emilia Wickstead dress with a new pink hat for the Buckingham Palace Garden party in May. The hat is by Jane Corbett, featuring a broad brim, lace trim on the underside and a bow detail atop and below the brim.

PA Wire/Jane Corbett

When the big Diamond Jubilee celebrations got underway the first event was a Jubilee River Pageant. Kate chose a piece by Sylvia Fletcher for James Lock and Company, similar to the company’s ‘My Fair Lady’ style. This piece is no longer available.

PA Wire

Kate selected a piece by Jane Taylor Millinery, for the Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Beaded Cocktail Hat features silk tulle and organza discs, it is embellished with smoked quarts and veiling. The hat appears to still be available, priced at £790, approximately $1260.

Tim Hales/Pool/PA Wire, Jane Taylor

Kate also brought back her Whiteley Cappucino hat for the June 9th wedding of Prince William’s cousin Emily McCorquodale, pairing it with the grey silk of a Katherine Hooker coat. (Seen below left.) The third time we saw Kate wearing the piece was in July of last year at Order of the Thistle ceremonies in Scotland, worn with a yellow Emilia Wickstead coat. (It was first worn to the Epsom Derby in 2011.)

Splash News

When visiting Nottingham in June Kate repeated a fascinator we’ve seen before, a navy confection by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. This piece was first seen when Kate and William visited the Irish Guards in 2011, shown in the image below on the right.

Splash News

Another new chapeau for Kate was by Jane Corbett, worn for the June 16th Trooping the Colour events.

Splash News/PA Wire

June brought a panoply of hats, we saw yet another during Garter Day events. The piece by milliner Jane Corbett showcased a creamy sisal base topped by an elaborate bow. I believe Kate wore the same hat to the June 30th wedding of her friend Alice St. John Webster, our limited photos of that event are here.

Splash News/Rachel Trevor-Morgan Milliners

Kate wore a Jane Taylor hat when arriving in the Solomon Islands during the Royal Tour. The bespoke piece featured aquamarine colored stones to match her Jonathan Saunders dress, it was pinned to the back of her head.

Jane Taylor Millinery/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

When attending the wedding of longtime friend Thierry Kelaart in late September Kate sported a new hat once again I don’t have photos, and suggest you visit this story in the Mail. It was a soft grey straw trimmed with organdie, embroidered to match the embroidery on Kate’s silvery gray Erdem dress worn for Trooping the Colour.

Our final hat from 2012 is a repeated item, seen during Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November. Kate brought back the distinctive black Philip Treacy style worn for William’s passing out ceremony at Sandhurst in 2006.

Press Association/Splash News.com


We’ll have our final surveys (on Kate’s dresses) within the week.

  21 Responses to “2012 Polls: Pick Your Favorite Hat, Favorite Boots & Favorite ‘Old’ Shoes”

  1. Brown leather hat worn by Kate Middleton during polo matches looks like the hat sold bt Tayberry.com uk
    I know this is old news, but I try to research all items worn by the Duchess.

  2. The hat Kate wore to her friend Hannah’s wedding looks an awful lot like this one from Jane Taylor:

  3. dang, can this woman wear a hat! she looks so gorgeous in all of the hats, it was really hard to pick a favorite.

  4. I love all her shoes!

  5. My oh my, what a tough poll. I voted for the LK Bennett Sledges, the Russell and Bromley “Charge It”, and the Philip Treacy hat from Remembrance Day. The Sledges will continue to be my favorite from now until kingdom come. I know that many people object to the platform, but I’ve always loved the trend and hope it continues, though I admit my 5″1 height (on days that I tease my hair) might have something to do with it. Similarly, I adore the blush/nude color trend. The “Charge It” boots are my favorite because I am a big fan of flat-heeled riding boots (I’m not sure this is the right terminology. I’ve always used “riding boots” to refer to any pair of tall boots with flat-heels, but this could be an error on my part). I just don’t wear tall boots with high heels, but they do look lovely on the Duchess. Also, she wore those boots for an outing that just brought joy to my heart… I was so happy and relieved to learn that she was well enough to leave the hospital. Finally, I chose the Philip Treacy because of nostalgia for the pre-engagement days; she looked beautiful and graceful even before she had a title! And as much as I love her small-scale hats, I do wish she would break out a large hat occasionally. But really, what a tough poll. The Jane Corbett from Garter Day and the navy Rachel Trevor-Morgan are so smart.

    Note for admin: The pink Jane Corbett product shot is hilariously bizarre. Who puts shades on a mannequin? (For that matter, who pairs a frilly fascinator with sunshades?) And there is a detached hand growing out of her neck!! Please tell me you giggled while including this shot…

  6. The hat poll was nearly impossible—I loved so many of them, but finally chose the brown betty boop, because I loved her outfit/look that day. As a confessed multiple owner of the regal booties, the boot poll was easier. The polls are awesome—thank you for creating them!

  7. Am I the only one who thinks it is rude for her to wear such high heels. To me it shows insensitivity to the people she meets to tower over them. Particularly when she goes with the queen.
    NOTE: Comment edited to remove irrelevant material.

    • I am approx the Duchess’ age and height and I wear similar heels to work every day. No idea why it would be rude—-she is wearing heels that are appropriate for her age and the outfit she is wearing. You are going to meet people who are both taller and shorter than yourself, regardless of whether or not they are royal or are wearing heels, and that is not rude—it is just life.

    • Nah. The Queen is so short, everyone towers over her. I doubt she notices or cares. In fact, she probably muses to herself, “Hah! That’s right. Look down at the glorious intricate details on my crown!”.

      Many women feel that special occasions merit high heels, although this has certainly changed from a de rigueur standard to a matter of personal taste. I remember reading that Diana was discouraged from wearing high heels since they made her taller than Charles, which always made me sad. Personally, I love high heels and I believe that if you like them you should be able to wear them, regardless of your own height or the height of the people surrounding you.

    • I’m afraid I disagree. It’s simply life to meet people who are taller and shorter than you are, and you have to get used to this. It’s not up to us to to dictate how others dress on the basis of our own height or insecurities.

      You might as well demand that she cut or hide her hair because some people have shorter, less attractive hair, or not dress well, because some people can’t afford the clothes she wears, or not have dental work or bleaching because some people have bad teeth.

      By the way, as it happens, she is significantly shorter than her rather tall husband is. When they are appearing together, it looks better if she wears heels.

    • if you look at photos of kate out on official outings she lowers her head and eyes to make eye contact with her greeters/public and doesnt seem to make them feel uncomfortable when talking to her. If she wants to wear high heels then she should without criticism. High heels give me a feeling of confidence and im sure kate feels comfortable wearing them when meeting people from all walks of life.

  8. Shoes wise it was easy for me to pick, the blue suede!
    Hats…this is hard…I could easily pick the least favorite one, but not the most favorite. I had to go with the little red number.

  9. Tough pick on the hats. I really wish hats were a trend in the US. I voted for the chocolate Betty Boop hat, one of my favorites that I have seen her wear. It reminds me of Jackie Kennedy.
    For boots I went with the Charge It ones that she wore leaving the hospital. It was refreshing to see a pair of flat boots. I like wearing flat boots but its hard to find a pair that are pretty and not too clunky or too “equestrian themed”.

    • That is so funny, because I purposely choose boots (and clothes, purses, jewelry, hats) that is equestrian themed. It is simply an aesthetic that really appeals to me, even if in real life I am afraid of horses…

      This Gucci ring made my mouth water: http://www.gucci.com/us/styles/283770J84191461#. Never mind that it costs nearly a month’s rent. A girl can dream!

      • LOL, that’s funny. I actually DO ride horses (normally in cowboy boots) and that’s why I don’t like equestrian themed boots for everyday. It’s not that I don’t like the aesthetic, it just feels strange to me to wear boots that I associate with a sport for fashion reasons. Funny the things that appeal to us for such random reasons . . .

  10. I just love these polls! I think Kate has such great taste in shoes and hats. As a U.S. citizen, this is not a trend I’m used to seeing and I REALLY wish that we would adopt this trend here :) I still am shocked though at how expensive her shoes are!! I’d spend a lot too if I had to go to so many functions standing, but as an ordinary person I can’t fathom spending so much on shoes!! haha. Can’t wait for the next poll :)

  11. Oh, dear. I like more than one pair of these “old” shoes, and choosing between the hats will be an impossible task, given that I am such a rabid hat fan. The only one I really didn’t like was the Jane Taylor affair worn on the Asia-Pacific trip. A rare major fail.

    Vicki, that “hard-hitting journalist” (I think it was two of them, actually) had me in stitches. As a journalist’s daughter, I laughed myself silly over the notion of a newspaper employee, even a fashion writer, tallying up the percentages of how often the Duchess had worn this fabric or that color or this or that pair of shoes.

  12. I have to admit, I’ve never been a big fan of Kate’s shoes. As many commenters have pointed out in the past, the Jimmy Choo and LK Bennett platforms are just too clunky! But perhaps they’re comfortable. I do love her suede heels.

    And… I *ADORE* all the hats!! Tough to pick just one!

  13. The hard-hitting journalist at the Daily Mail who had to tally up how often Kate wore what had her “ankle boots” at only 1%! Did they not see how many times she wore those Regal/Royal Aquatalias?

    • I thought the same thing!!

    • I got a good chuckle out of the percentages, too! But as a journalist, I also felt for the writer who had to do that. It was likely an editor’s idea. Like, “Hey, she sure likes those pumps. But how often does she wear them? Look at all the pictures of Kate from 2012, then figure out how often she wore each type of shoes. And don’t look at me like that.”

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