Authentic Spanish Espadrilles - 1000 years of royal history
What is it about princesses and espadrilles?
While the world watches the coronation of Prince Charles III in all its historical pomp and splendor, millions of eyeballs will be sharpening their focus on Kate, the Princess of Wales to see what she’ll be stepping out in on this royal occasion.
1000 years of royal history and tradition
Up to one billion people are expected to tune in around the world to witness one of history’s most ancient and royal ceremonies. As it has been for hundreds of years, the coronation will be centered around a dazzling display of pomp and circumstance that has been tried, practised and tested over 1000 years of history.
In fact, the 21st century version of this unique and extraordinary event (with all its heraldic secrets) is fundamentally the same as it was on the day that King Edward the Confessor was crowned on the same spot more than 1000 years ago. The Stone of Scone or the Coronation Stone (Britain's stone of destiny) has been carried, according to tradition, from Scotland to Westminster and will be installed under the ancient throne in preparation for the great event.
And while King Charles will (rightly) be the main focus of attention at this solemn event, there will be millions of others anxious to get a first glimpse of what the female royals are wearing. It will be a magnet for fashion spotters, fashion writers and royal fans across the world.
Two style icons - a match made in heaven
Right at the center of that worldwide attention will be the UK’s highest profile style icon, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales. She’s known for her timeless and elegant fashion sense and her ability to put together a variety of styles and individual looks that always make her appear confident and relaxed. Kate Middleton style is a perfect blend of modern and traditional, making her a fashion icon for millions around the world.
One of her favorite wardrobe styles are Spanish espadrilles, which she has been seen wearing on numerous occasions from private school sports days for the kids to grand royal tours. She favors these traditional shoes because they’re comfortable (important if you’re on your feet all day long); stylish (vital if you’re a fashion icon); and versatile (they combine casual comfort with durable, premium quality materials).
Kate and her espadrilles
So, what is it about these handmade Spanish shoes that makes them so popular with royals, from the Princess of Wales to Queen Letitia of Spain?
Espadrilles are a type of shoe that originated 600 years ago in the Pyrenees region that links the rugged south of France with the rugged north of Spain. They’re traditionally made of canvas or cotton fabric with a jute sole making them both comfortable and breathable. Kate Middleton is the world’s most high profile fan of Spanish espadrilles and she’s often seen wearing them during her official engagements, where she’s paired them with both casual and formal outfits.
Kate’s love for espadrilles was first evident during a visit to Australia in 2014 when she stepped out in a pair of traditional navy blue wedge espadrilles. Since then, she’s been seen sporting these iconic shoes during her official engagements, wearing different styles and colors including lace-ups, wedges and slip-on designs. She often pairs them with summer dresses, skirts or jeans, making them a versatile addition to her royal wardrobe.
So, what is Kate Middleton’s fashion style?
Kate’s fashion style is often described as classic and timeless and her choice of espadrilles reflects that delicate balance. They’re a comfortable, stylish option for any occasion, making them the go-to choice for the Princess. Kate Middleton’s fashion style has inspired many and her love for espadrilles has helped to elevate their popularity over the last few years.
So, while millions of people worldwide will be focusing on the coronation of King Charles III millions of others will still be talking about the outfits long after the King has been crowned. Kate Middleton’s fashion style is admired by many and her choice of espadrilles has made them a must-have fashion item around the world. Espadrilles are a perfect addition to any wardrobe as they are both comfortable and stylish.
Versatile shoes made for royalty
So, be inspired by the elegant fashion instincts of Kate Middleton. Whether you’re looking for a casual summer look for fun vacations or a more elegant, formal look that’s fit for royalty, we have the world’s largest online selection of authentic handmade Spanish espadrilles - a versatile shoe option that can elevate any outfit. We thought we’d help you out by sharing a selection of Viscata’s beautiful, handmade espadrilles that we think Kate, Princess of Wales would love to step out in once the formalities have died down..
Five authentic Viscata espadrille styles that we think Kate would love:
Palomera canvas - these elegant natural canvas slingbacks feature a gorgeous 3” slingback heel and an easy-fitting adjustable heel strap to keep you looking elegant all day long. Perfect for: royal garden parties.
Browse our full collection of authentic handmade Spanish espadrilles here.