Monday 18 November 2019

Introducing the season’s must have ‘sports luxe’ shoe- even Kate Middleton has a pair

Freya Drohan

Take a leaf out of Kate Middleton’s book this season and embrace the trend for glamorous but functional activewear.

Thanks to leading labels such as Burberry, ACNE and DKNY (below), the ubiquitous trainer is here to stay for Spring Summer 2015.

kate 22.PNG

However, while thick fluorescent soles or futuristic rubber detailing might be better suited to the catwalk, here is a pair that is both fashion forward and practical.

A woman with an eye for understated but chic staple pieces, Kate Middleton first wore these suede plimsolls during her pregnancy with Prince George in 2013.


The simple but elegant trainers by luxury high street brand ‘MINT VELVET’ also graced her feet several times during her tour of Australia last spring.

Elegant Kate is an avid high street fan, routinely opting for pieces by Reiss, Hobbs, Coast, Zara, LK Bennett and Goat. The ‘Kate Effect’ has become something of a phenomenon in recent years as dresses, coats and accessories the Duchess wears routinely sell out.

Kate Mid.jpg

As was to be expected, eagle-eyed fans of Kate’s casual chic style snapped up these Mint Velvet trainers once she was pictured in them and they quickly sold out in the UK last year.

Luckily for Irish audiences the shoe is available again online on and in the brand’s new Dundrum store.

Kate 1.PNG

New to Irish shores, Mint Velvet, a brand designed with busy modern women and working mothers in mind, is the perfect fit for pregnant Kate as she attends to her engagements alongside Prince William.

The ‘Bibi Plimsoll’ retails at €119. The style comes in grey or mint suede, while other variations are available in leather (below).

kate add 2.PNG
kate add 1.PNG

Online Editors

Also in this section