Kate Middleton just stepped out in her favourite espadrille wedges she's been wearing for years — here's where to shop them

Kate Mendonca
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Kate Middleton wears Castaner wedges
Kate Middleton wears Castaner wedges

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In the heat of summer, nearly everyone loves a good beach day — even royals.

On Wednesday, Kate Middleton and husband Prince William took advantage of the warm weather and spent a day at the beach during a surprise outing together, looking ready to enjoy the season in style.

The couple took a trip to Barry Island, Wales, where they met with local business owners in the resort town to learn about how the tourism industry is slowly returning to normal following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

BARRY, WALES - AUGUST 05:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge throw balls to knock down figures on an arcade game at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey was filmed, during their visit to Barry Island, South Wales, to speak to local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector on August 5, 2020 in Barry, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images.

The duo took part in some fun and games during their visit to a beachside arcade, where they tried their hand at the claw machine and ball toss before heading to a local restaurant.

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Dressed for the beach day in a summery floral frock, Kate paired her sold-out Emilia Wickstead dress (which she’s previously worn on multiple occasions) with her go-to summer footwear styles: wedge espadrilles.

Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images.
Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images.

This isn’t the first time that Kate stepped out in her trusted pair of wedges, which she has worn several times in the past, including on an outing to the Chelsea Flower Show with her husband Prince William and The Queen in 2019.

The Castañer Carina wedges are a favourite of the Duchess, thanks to their versatile design that pairs well with both casual clothing and more formal attire.

The comfortable wedge heel and suede design of the Carina wedges have caught the eye of other members of the royal family as well, with Meghan Markle bringing a pair with her on her trip through the South Pacific last year.

Meghan’s more bohemian style is a stark contrast to Kate’s prim and polished outfits, yet both women are fans of the classic espadrille design. While in Australia, Meghan paired her Castañer heels with a Martin Grant striped maxi dress for a more laid-back and beachy feel.

Images via Getty.
Images via Getty.

It goes to show just how versatile these wedges are that they look equally chic whether they’re worn on the beach or in the English countryside, so it’s no wonder that the fashionable young royals can’t get enough of them.

You can shop the royal-approved footwear below, along with a few more affordable styles that are equally as chic for the summer.

Castañer Carina 80 Suede Wedge Espadrilles

Castañer Carina 80 suede wedge espadrilles. Image via Net-a-Porter.
Castañer Carina 80 suede wedge espadrilles. Image via Net-a-Porter.

SHOP IT: Net-A-Porter, $253

Castañer Carina Wedge Espadrilles

Castañer Carina Wedge Espadrilles. Image via Shopbop.
Castañer Carina Wedge Espadrilles. Image via Shopbop.

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $180

Faux-Suede Strappy Lace-Up Espadrille Wedge Shoes

Faux-Suede Strappy Lace-Up Espadrille Wedge Shoes. Image via Old Navy.
Faux-Suede Strappy Lace-Up Espadrille Wedge Shoes. Image via Old Navy.

SHOP IT: Old Navy, $20 (originally $50)

Macramé Wedge Espadrille Sandal

Macramé Wedge Espadrille Sandal. Image via Le Château.
Macramé Wedge Espadrille Sandal. Image via Le Château.

SHOP IT: Le Chateau, $60

Classic 3.5" Wedge

Classic 3.5" Wedge. Image via Soludos.
Classic 3.5" Wedge. Image via Soludos.

SHOP IT: Soludos, $95

Muschetta Espadrilles

Muschetta Espadrilles. Image via Aldo.
Muschetta Espadrilles. Image via Aldo.

SHOP IT: Aldo, $45 (originally $90)

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