The Duchess of Cambridge is a great champion of the recycled clothing item, none more so than her trusty pair of Penelope Chilvers boots, which she has been wearing for an astonishing 13 years.
The royal was first photographed wearing them in June 2004 at the Festival of British Eventing. Her look back then was very wrinkled Ralph Lauren, and while her feminine preppy style has evolved since then, the boots remain.
The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t bring out her trusty boots again—in public, anyway—until April last year, when she wore them to do a three-hour hike to a monastery in Bhutan.
Then, when she took to Canada late last year, the boots got Kate through rain, official royal business, traditional dances and prayers, and a walk through the forest. Not bad for an old pair of shoes.
The Duchess then relied on them again today for a visit to a farm for city children, this time pairing them with a khaki parka and Zara jeans.
We know what you’re thinking, the boots certainly look worn but are still in remarkably good shape for such ancient shoes. So, of course, there are a few conspiracy theories as to how Kate’s beloved boots have stayed so fresh after 13 years.
The first of these is that the ones she’s been wearing this year might not be the same ones she wore in 2004—after all, it’s not like the shoes have been spotted in all the years in between. Or, does she have a royal cobbler who resoles and buffs and massages the special leather of her boots, so they always look slightly worn in that classic yet rugged English way? Or, does she have multiple pairs of these boots in her closet. Just imagine the rows upon rows of all the hits—the L.K. Bennett pumps, the navy Stuart Weitzman wedges, the Penelope Chilvers boots…
This post appeared on Goodhousekeeping.co.uk
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