This Is Officially the Royals' Summer Shoe of Choice

Joy Montgomery

With the temperature finally creeping into the late teens, summer feels tantalisingly close, and this can only mean one thing: It's sandal season. While there are plenty of trending styles around to whet your appetite, we're also looking to those timeless staples to add to our warm-weather capsule. Who better to draw classic style inspiration from than the royals?

Whilst browsing our favourite royal summer looks, we noticed there was one uniting theme when it came to footwear: espadrilles. An icon of summer style, it's clear that the likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle can't get enough of them. Espadrilles might be known for their Spanish roots and laid-back elegance, yet we've been surprised to see the royals wearing them for more formal occasions over the last few months. 

A few days ago, Kate wore a beige pair with an ankle-grazing Erdem frock, while last week Lady Amelia Windsor was spotted rocking the low-key shoe at her sister's wedding. Clearly there's a theme here. We'll just take these outfits as proof of the espadrille's versatility: They'll look just as good with white jeans and a tee as they will with a wedding guest outfit. Just ask Kate. Scroll down to see our favourite royal espadrille-dotted outfits, plus shop our edit. 

Style Notes: We would never think of wearing espadrilles to a wedding (and a very formal one at that), yet Amelia Windsor gets the balance right with her daisy-print Gul Hurgel dress and white hat. 

Style Notes: Kate always knows how to toe the line between pulled-together and laid-back. She looks so good in Erdem's floral prairie dress, which is elevated with a much-needed pair of wedge espadrilles. 

Style Notes: On her travels last year, Meghan got plenty of practice in event dressing. Not unlike Kate's get-up, we like how the duchess has opted for a pair of high wedge espadrilles to dress up a silky summer frock. 

Style Notes: Pippa is nothing but an espadrille evangelical. Known for her preppy-cool style, she wears hers with everything from cotton dresses to casual denim, and everything in between. 

Style Notes: We told you this shoe style was versatile. Kate shows that an ankle-strap pair of espadrilles will complement a casual day dress, just as much as an evening look. We're taking notes as we speak. 

Shop Our Espadrille Edit

Castaner Carina 60 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles (£90)

Mango Leather-Blend Espadrilles (£36)

& Other Stories Lace Up Espadrille Wedges (£59)

Iris & Ink Suede Wedge Espadrilles (£65)

Castaner Carina 60 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles (£90)

Jigsaw Georgia Ankle Tie Espadrille (£79)

Topshop Whitney Rust Espadrille Wedges (£39)

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