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To describe Meghan Markle's shoe collection as expansive would be akin to saying the sky is blue. After four years in the royal spotlight and countless more enjoying silver screen fame, the Duchess of Sussex has amassed a shoe collection that Cinderella herself would be envious of.
And while the 40-year-old has a penchant for pricey designers like Aquazzura and Manolo Blahnik, every now and again, Meghan surprises us with an affordable shoe pick. Take, for example, her Hunter boots — several of which are on sale at Nordstrom during the Anniversary Sale (shop here in Canada, here in the U.S.).
The Duchess wore her Hunters with a pair of jeans and a white button-down while giving a tour of her family's chicken coop, "Archie's Chick Inn, Established 2021."
Despite Meghan stepping back from her royal duties in January 2020, the Hunter brand continues to be a mainstay for the U.K.'s most famous residents.
Princess Diana was photographed in the iconic wellies at Balmoral Castle prior to her royal wedding in 1981, and 30 years later, her former husband, Prince Charles, wore the brand's Argyll boots while visiting flood victims in England. Most recently, Lady Gabriella Windsor, a cousin to the queen, wore the famously British rain boots to a polo match.
A longtime favourite of the royals, Hunter has received two royal warrants from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for its handcrafted, high-quality designs.
Why shoppers love them
Hunter's Original Refined Rain Boot is a sleek upgrade to the brand's iconic Tour boots. Crafted from thinner, more flexible rubber, the boot has a tailored silhouette compared to previous models.
On Nordstrom, the Refined Rain Boots have earned an average rating of 4.2 stars from more than 450 reviews.
"The refined style is more lightweight, less bulky and more feminine looking than the original Hunter Rain Boot," according to one user. The "slimmer design is very flattering," they add.
It's a "great update on the original classic," echos another. The narrow calf "provides a more streamlined look," they write. Adding, "these are a classic rainboot and would be great for snowy climates as well!"
Despite several hundred five-star reviews, some shoppers note they fit a "bit smaller" than other Hunter styles, something to be mindful of when placing your order.
To give your wardrobe a royal-approved refresh ahead of the fall and winter seasons, shop our top Hunter boots picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale below.