While royal women are known for their sturdy and steady pumps featuring orthopedic support and even bunion busting technology (the Duchess of Cornwall owns 11 pairs of the cushioned Sole Bliss shoes) — Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan are still forever fans of a fashionable cork wedges provided by Castaner. The canvas closed toe jute shoes made by the company are constructed of hemp rope, woven straw and wicker. Ideal for pairing with daytime dresses and cropped capris — the shoes have been beloved by Hollywood royalty for years and were once worn by Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy and Lauren Bacall. The Spanish brand also boasts many celebrity fans including Oprah, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway.
Yet, it’s Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan who have made the iconic brand a style standout in a sea of summer-ready platforms and lace-up ribbon espadrilles.
Kate loves the Carina 80 style — a perfect light camel suede shoe with matching ankle ties and a wedge heel.
While on tour in Australia and South Africa, Meghan wore the durable black canvas wedges.
In August 2020, Queen Letizia debuted a pair of Castaner black Carina 80 wedges with an almond toe and raffia wedge heel.
Pippa Middleton wore these classic ivory Castaner wedges for the French Open in May 2018 with a pretty red Ralph Lauren crepe wrap dress.