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Kate Middleton is known for her glamorous and influential style, and yet even she is known to play favourites when it comes to wardrobe basics.
For casual occasions during the warmer months, you'll frequently catch the Duchess of Sussex in a pair of comfortable yet feminine wedge sandals. More often than not, they're from Spanish brand Castañer, who are known for their durable canvas and jute heels.
Most recently, the Duchess was seen sporting her go-to pair of Castañer Carina Wedges on the final day of her official tour of the Caribbean in the Bahamas.
Rather than canvas, the Duchess's wedges of choice are handmade in Spain with suede uppers and an adjustable cord that wraps around the ankles. They also feature miniature clover details, as seen when Kate was photographed wearing them in the Bahamas.
Not only are Castañer wedges a favourite among the royals, but I also have a pair myself and can attest to their comfort and versatility. I have a pair of the now-sold out Castañer Campesina Wedges, which have accompanied me to weddings, lunches and even casual weekend outings.
Although my exact version is no longer available to shop, you can still find plenty of the brand's similar lower-heeled wedges if you're more comfortable in a flatter sandal.
As a relative newbie to the world of espadrilles, I was surprised to find that they're much more comfortable than they look (although they are a good deal heavier too). Unlike other high heels that can dig into your feet, I've never had any issues with blisters or foot pain while wearing them for hours at at time.
While I'd normally expect to swap my heels out for a pair of flats after hours on the dance floor, I was able to keep my wedges on the entire night when I last wore them to a co-worker's wedding last fall.
Now that temperatures are again rising, you can bet that I'll be breaking out my wedges for many of my upcoming special occasions. To pick up a pair for yourself just in time for spring, you can shop more Castañer picks below!