While most people associate the Princess of Wales with a slew of sandy suede pumps, retro slingbacks or taupe court shoes — the mom of three is equally inclined to trawl her closet for a pair of knee-high boots. In recent years she’s become a superfan of the boot style and has added multiple pointed block heel Gianvito Rossi styles to her ever-growing shoe stash.
And though it may seem like Princess Kate’s love affair with knee-high boots is a recent development — in fact, she’s been wearing the high shaft styles for years.
Here are Kate Middleton’s 15 Pairs of Stylish Knee High Boots:
- Bally Double Buckle Leather Boots
The princess wore these whiskey brown leather boots starting in 2007 and was spotted in the streetwear-friendly style while working in London, attending polo matches and shopping. Almost always paired with skinny denim, she wore these brown boots to Raffles nightclub in London with sister Pippa Middleton in October 2007, a Nelson Mandela Birthday Concert in 2008 and a Coworth Park Polo Match in 2009.
2. Stuart Weitzman Zipkin Boots in Cola Brown
The future princess wore these $695 boots first in 2012 and opted for the high-platform boots with a sleek statement zipper on royal duty in Denmark in 2011 to meet with Crown Princess Mary. She recently un-retired the classic leg-lengthening style for Sunday Service with Queen Elizabeth in 2020.
3. Russell & Bromley Charge It Boots in Black Suede
A beloved boot in Kate’s shoe rotation — these knee high riding boots with a low stacked heel and curved topline were versatile enough for Kate to wear for multiple sessions of retail therapy. The then-duchess donned the comfortable boots for a shopping trip to Zara in 2012, an outing to Gap in 2014 and a clothing rack browsing stop at John Lewis in 2015. Plus, she wore them leaving King Edward Hospital in December 2012.
4. Really Wild Spanish Boots in Chocolate Suede
While bearing a strong resemblance to her beloved Penelope Chilvers tassel boots, these brown suede Spanish designed boots by British brand Really Wild are perfect for outdoor adventures or scouting events. Kate has worn the $400 boots with olive jeans (pictured), black denim and a plaid poncho as well as paired with a brown midi skirt in Pakistan.
5. Stuart Weitzman Half N Half Boots (Black)
Flexible and formfitting, these classic black riding boots are perfect for more casual royal engagements or even errands around town. The princess has worn the $675 boots with a stretchy black panel and 4cm low stacked block heel for royal duty as far back as 2014 when she paired the comfortable shoes with a plum shirtdress for a SportsAid workshop. Later, she recycled the boots for various winter outings in 2017 and 2018 while bringing them back for a Royal Train Tour stop in 2020.
The perfect neoprene boots for sloshy and slippery outdoor engagements–these 100% waterproof and rainproof boots are ideal for countryside living. Famed for being the original rubber Wellington boot and often tagged with the moniker ‘the Rolls Royce of Wellis’ — these dark vert green pull-on galoshes are made using natural rubber sourced from Vietnam. Kate has worn the style on multiple occasions including being a spectator at a muddy polo watch, a charity camping outing and a soccer game alongside Prince Harry.
7. Stuart Weitzman Half N Half Boots (Brown)
A knee-high riding boot with a elastic back panel gives these all-terrain boots a seamless fit. The timeless brown boots feature a little lift in the way of a small stacked heel and microstretch construction offers a leg-hugging effect that makes them chic enough for royal duty but comfortable enough for easy daywear. Crafted in Spain, these tall boots create a flawless fit with their signature 50/50 construction (no wonder Kate owns two pairs). The future Queen stepped out in these high boots in Norway in February 2018.
Once of Princess Kate’s most iconic pairs of boots are these slim black knee-high boots which she’s worn on at least 20 occasions over the years. Featuring waterproof stretch, these versatile stacked heel boots have an almond toe silhouette and are crafted from soft suede. The Italian made $695 boots also come with a slip resistant sole and are sleek enough for pairing with dress coats, jeggings or tights. Kate is so comfortable in her Aquatalias that she’s worn them to play field hockey!
A recent addition to the princess’ enviable shoe closet, these rich chocolate ‘texas’ brown boots feature a sturdy 3.3 inch block heel and elegant pointed toe. The luxe $1695 boots are customized for Kate but based on the brand’s existing Glen 85 style. Handcrafted in Italy, these chunky heel boots can easily be dressed up or down and perfectly coordinate with autumnal shades of burgundy, camel and forest green (in fact, Kate has paired the boots with all the aforementioned shades).
10. Russell & Bromley Hi Ride Mid Heel Riding Boots
Classic suede black boots are must have for any royal lass. Kate has donned these stylish and sophisticated $415 Italian crafted black riding boots on just a single occasion — a visit to a children’s centre in Birmingham in November 2017. Inspired by equestrian heritage, the supple black boots flatter the legs and can be worn with skirts, dresses or over dark denim.
11. Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boots
Classic pointed toe boots add a dash of elegance to any ensemble — the Italian constructed $1100 boots have been worn by Kate on at least 10 occasions over the years. From the Ralph Lauren Collection, these suede heel stunners have a towering 3 inch heel, side zip and pointy toe. The passionate photographer and art history grad frequently pairs the designer boots with swishy pleated midi skirts, structured coats and shirtdresses.
Planting trees in bright blue heeled boots — Kate was every inch the coordinating fashionista in custom Rossi boots in December 2022. Outfitted in a tartan coat, hunter green separates and her nearly 3.5inch heeled blue suede boots — the mom of three looked sharp, smart and stylish for a winter engagement at Dean’s Yard.
Regarded as Princess Kate’s most iconic pair of boots — these scalloped fan high boots have become a royal fan favorite with nearly every Replikater clamoring for a pair of the Spanish constructed leather boots in conker brown. Durable and sturdy with Goodyear welting and grippy lug heels, these boots have plenty of tread and all-weather endurance. Worn by the British beauty since 2004, the $695 swingy tassel boots are ideal for farm visits, hiking adventures or even visits to the beach.
Favoring chunky Rossi boots in the last year, the princess was once again showing off her sporty side when she had a stationary bicycle race with husband Prince William in these bespoke block boots in February 2023 at Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Center in South Wales. Thus far, the princess has paired the chic heeled boots with three different longline wool coats in ivory, black and red.
Stunning in shades of caramel and mocha, the princess was a seasonal sensation in her fall colored ensemble in January 2022 in Lancashire. Adding a pair of $1750 YSL Jane boots to her monochrome outfits was the perfect finishing touch to her autumn attire. Princess Kate’s 3.5 inch heel square toe boots are trimmed with side straps with a YSL monogram and fully lined in leather.