Known for her love of army attire, Princess Kate has long been a fan of military styles with an edge. Once reserved for soldiers and punk band rockers, lug sole shoes are making a major comeback.

Kate has worn her See by Chloe boots on 12 occasions

Before the combat boot trend was seen as appropriate urban wear, Princess Kate was endorsing the style for country outings and school trips. Ahead of the combat curve, the royal was first spotted in the dark brown ankle boots in mid-January 2019 when she donned the boots to visit a community garden called King Henry’s Walk.

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Pairing a Dubarry Bracken tweed sports jacket with a J.Crew mockneck yarn sweater, Zara skinny jeans in olive and accessorizing with her Kiki Lauren yellow gold diamond leaf earrings, Kate was winter style goals for her first outing of the new year.

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Still, what most intrigued royal fashion fanatics was her footwear. The princess debuted a pair of See By Chloé tread sole boots. Passing on her usual tall Penelope Chilvers riding boots, Kate served some major rocker vibes with her leather trim and logo embossed ankle boots.

The princess went on to wear the designer boots on two more occasions in 2019 for a visit to the Scouts Headquarters and a trip to visit Cumbria in England’s northwest Lake District.

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And the princess would go on to repeatedly recycle her See By Chloé boots by the luxurious Parisian fashion house which operates under the flagship label Chloe. (See by Chloe is considered the brand’s more affordable line and is renowned for its gold-tone ring shoulder bags, platform espadrilles and leather boots.)

The mom of three stepped out again in the high-top boots in September 2020 for a Scouts engagement in west London. She retired the shoes until April 2021 and proceeded to wear them five more times that year. The boots then reappeared in 2023 for a visit to Hereford located in the historic Welsh marshes.

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The boots made two more appearances last year when Kate wore a camouflage coat and skinny jeans to visit the Queen’s Dragoon guards and also donned them on an evening outing to a Baby Bank in Maidenhead.

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The princess loves the versatility of the moto inspired boots with their stacked heel and lace-up vamp. Perfect for achieving the right mix of fashion and function, the sturdy boots are ideal for countryside visits, park expeditions and recreation activities. The lugged rubber sole makes these boots practical while the scalloped topstitching detail along the welt adds a level of fun feminine flair and cool girl sophistication. The logo embossed pull-loop at the heel gives these chunky combat boots plenty of regal reliability and a hint of defiant hipster attitude.

While the princess has frequently stepped out in these timeless dark brown suede combat shoes with gritty glam metal eyelets and a lace-up front, her beloved boots are no longer in circulation. Luckily, there are a few pairs which echo the sophisticated sentiment of her utility boots that embody the rugged charm of work boots and industrial construction boots.

For a similar look try the graphite brown See by Chloe brown Mallory boots


The leather version of the Spanish made Mallory boots are also available in black with adjustable buckle straps

There is also a shearling lined style available

And finally, there’s a heeled version of the Mallory on sale now