'They fit like a glove!': We're obsessed with Meghan Markle's $95 loafers - here's why

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Meghan Markle's Birdies Starling Loafers are available at Nordstrom for $95
Meghan Markle's Birdies Starling Loafers are available at Nordstrom for $95

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Meghan Markle fans know that when the Duchess of Sussex finds a brand or product she loves, she’s one loyal royal.

Although Markle is an expert in greeting crowds in heels, the 39-year-old has been known to love a comfortable, versatile black flat - particularly Birdies Starling Loafer. The Duchess has been a longtime fan of Birdies, a footwear brand founded by two mothers who were in search of the ultimate everyday flat.

Birdies The Starling Loafer

The Starling Loafer by Birdies - available at Nordstrom, $95.
The Starling Loafer by Birdies - available at Nordstrom, $95.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $95

Markle’s love of the Starling Loafer predates her relationship with her now-husband, Prince Harry. However, even after gaining access to some of the most sought after designers in the world, the Duchess of Sussex has been spotted wearing her trusty black flats on multiple royal engagements, including her royal visits to both New Zealand and Morocco.

Meghan Markle wearing the Starling Loafer by Birdies during a visit to Morocco in 2019.
Meghan Markle wearing the Starling Loafer by Birdies during a visit to Morocco in 2019.

What makes the Starling loafer so great? For one thing, they’re designed to feel more like a slipper rather than a shoe. All Birdies products are made with seven layers of cushioning (yes, seven) with a luxe quilted lining and dual density memory foam, elevated arch support, non-slip sole and pressure reducing heel cookie that delivers comfort in every step.

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These versatile velvet smoking slippers are a fashionable alternative to the ballerina flat - and can be worn with your most casual looks for an elevated, polished look.

Nordstrom shoppers have called the Starling Loafer their “favourite work shoe” and a comfortable alternative to heels for day-to-day wear.

Meghan Markle wearing the Starling Loafers by Birdies during her visit to New Zealand in 2018. (Image via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle wearing the Starling Loafers by Birdies during her visit to New Zealand in 2018. (Image via Getty Images)

“I was actually quite hesitant about getting these at first because I wasn’t sure if I would actually use them but wow - was I wrong! These are my absolute favourite work shoes, they’re so comfortable and extremely cushioned! I would definitely say they’re worth the money as I wear them at least three times a week to work,” one Nordstrom shopper wrote. “I can see myself purchasing another pair of these in the future if not black then definitely another colour! For reference i’m a size 7 with narrow feet and they fit like a glove!”

Based on customer reviews, the Starling Loafers fit true-to-size and perfect for anyone who’s on their feet all day - like a Duchess during a royal tour.

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“I ordered a new pair to replace a two-year-old pair that I loved... Wore them all day for Thanksgiving at my house with seventeen adults, four toddlers and two new babies. Never off my feet. Still smiling and still standing at the end (10pm) of the day. Love these shoes.”

Not a fan of the basic black flat? We’ve gathered more of our favourite Birdies to add to your wardrobe.

The Starling Loafer in Olive Velvet

The Starling Loafer in Olive Velvet, $95
The Starling Loafer in Olive Velvet, $95

SHOP IT: $95

The Starling Loafer in Latte Suede

The Starling Loafer in Suede - $120
The Starling Loafer in Suede - $120

SHOP IT: $120

The Starling Loafer in Slate Suede

The Starling Loafer in Slate Suede- $120
The Starling Loafer in Slate Suede- $120

SHOP IT: $120

The Starling Leather Flat in Black

The Starling Leather Flat - $140
The Starling Leather Flat - $140

SHOP IT: $140

The Starling Leather Flat in Cognac

The Starling Loafer in Cognac Leather - $140
The Starling Loafer in Cognac Leather - $140

SHOP IT: $140

The Starling Flat in Animal Print

The Starling Loafer in Animal Print - $140
The Starling Loafer in Animal Print - $140

SHOP IT: $140

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