As we edge closer to the holidays, the social calendar becomes crowded with parties and galas. This is especially true for Prince William and Kate Middleton, now using their new home base, Kensington Palace, to host some of the season’s events. (Technically the functions are held in the State Apartments, not William and Kate’s part of the palace.) Last week Kate attended the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala, a fundraiser for one of the charities Kate supports. Below, we see her at the black tie reception:
Kate’s choices in shoes to wear with her glittering evening gowns have remained fairly constant. For a recent formal event she wore a pair of her “go-to” heels from Jimmy Choo.
That is the Vamp shoe, done in a metallic leather that pairs perfectly with many formal looks.
The sandal has a 4-inch heel set atop a 1-inch platform, arguably equal to a 3-inch heel. There is actually a specific word to describe the “real height” of a heel: It is called the pitch. In this case the Vamp has a 3-inch pitch. (I don’t know about you, but it looks higher than just 3 inches to me!) Kate wears the Vamp frequently, for many occasions when she had to be on her feet for hours.
For a fundraising dinner shortly after her marriage to Prince William, Kate chose a shimmering gown by Jenny Packham and accessorized with heels from LK Bennett.
Her Agata heels were suede with kicky accents that include a bow at the ankle and metal zipper up the back.
The suede peep-toe sandals have a 4-inch heel and no platform, so they really are 4 inches high. However, LK Bennett uses memory foam on the insole, which provides a bit more cushioning for the foot. I have had multiple reports from women who own the shoes that these are positive in terms of comfort.
Kate’s capacity for wearing very high heels for hours at a time is remarkable to many of us—she carries them off with grace and aplomb.