Kate Middleton's go-to $237 wedges are a spring must-have — trust me, I have a pair

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Kate Middleton was spotted wearing a pair of Castañer wedges while touring the Bahamas in March 2022. Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage, Net-A-Porter.
Kate Middleton was spotted wearing a pair of Castañer wedges while touring the Bahamas in March 2022. Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage, Net-A-Porter.

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Kate Middleton is known for her glamorous and influential style, and yet even she is known to play favourites when it comes to wardrobe basics.

For casual occasions during the warmer months, you'll frequently catch the Duchess of Sussex in a pair of comfortable yet feminine wedge sandals. More often than not, they're from Spanish brand Castañer, who are known for their durable canvas and jute heels.

Most recently, the Duchess was seen sporting her go-to pair of Castañer Carina Wedges on the final day of her official tour of the Caribbean in the Bahamas.

Castañer Carina 80 Suede Wedge Espadrilles

The Castañer Carina 80 Suede Wedge Espadrilles are a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge. Images via Net-A-Porter.
The Castañer Carina 80 Suede Wedge Espadrilles are a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge. Image via Net-A-Porter.

$237 CAD/$190 USD at Net-A-Porter

 

The 40-year old royal paired the wedges with a bubblegum pink Rixo dress and a matching Emmy London clutch.

Rather than canvas, the Duchess's wedges of choice are handmade in Spain with suede uppers and an adjustable cord that wraps around the ankles. They also feature miniature clover details, as seen when Kate was photographed wearing them in the Bahamas.

GREAT ABACO, BAHAMAS - MARCH 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, shoe detail, during a visit to Abaco on March 26, 2022 in Great Abaco, Bahamas. Abaco was dramatically hit by Hurricane Dorian which saw winds of up to 185mph and left devastation in its wake. Their Royal Highnesses are learning about the impact of the hurricane and see how communities are still being rebuilt more than two years on. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)
Kate Middleton was spotted wearing a pair of Castañer wedges while touring the Bahamas in March 2022 (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)

Not only are Castañer wedges a favourite among the royals, but I also have a pair myself and can attest to their comfort and versatility. I have a pair of the now-sold out Castañer Campesina Wedges, which have accompanied me to weddings, lunches and even casual weekend outings.

Although my exact version is no longer available to shop, you can still find plenty of the brand's similar lower-heeled wedges if you're more comfortable in a flatter sandal.

Rocking my Castañer Campesina Wedges at a wedding alongside fellow editor Kayla.
Rocking my Castañer Campesina Wedges at a wedding alongside fellow editor Kayla.

As a relative newbie to the world of espadrilles, I was surprised to find that they're much more comfortable than they look (although they are a good deal heavier too). Unlike other high heels that can dig into your feet, I've never had any issues with blisters or foot pain while wearing them for hours at at time.

While I'd normally expect to swap my heels out for a pair of flats after hours on the dance floor, I was able to keep my wedges on the entire night when I last wore them to a co-worker's wedding last fall.

Now that temperatures are again rising, you can bet that I'll be breaking out my wedges for many of my upcoming special occasions. To pick up a pair for yourself just in time for spring, you can shop more Castañer picks below!

Castañer Chiarita Espadrilles

Castaner Chiarita Espadrilles. Image via Shopbop.
Castaner Chiarita Espadrilles. Image via Shopbop.

$187 CAD/$150 USD at Shopbop

Castañer Chiara 80mm espadrille wedges

Castañer Chiara 80mm espadrille wedges. Image via Farfetch.
Castañer Chiara 80mm espadrille wedges. Image via Farfetch.

$173 CAD at Farfetch

Castañer Carina 80 canvas wedge espadrilles

Carina 80 canvas wedge espadrilles. Image via Net-A-Porter.
Carina 80 canvas wedge espadrilles. Image via Net-A-Porter.

$169 CAD/$135 USD at Nat-A-Porter

Castañer Carina 60 canvas wedge espadrilles

Castañer Carina 60 canvas wedge espadrilles. Image via Matches Fashion.
Castañer Carina 60 canvas wedge espadrilles. Image via Matches Fashion.

$186 CAD/$149 USD at Matches Fashion

Castañer Bromelia Wedge Espadrilles

Castañer Bromelia Wedge Espadrilles. Image via Shopbop.
Castañer Bromelia Wedge Espadrilles. Image via Shopbop.

$218 CAD/$175 USD at Shopbop

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