They were the shoes that divided a fandom, and could easily start a new World War… Kate’s blue suede cork wedges, seen numerous times during the royal tour, have sparked a heated disagreement among Royal Watchers. You either love them and must own them, or hate them and must burn them.
Either way, there is no denying that these shoes are sure to become a classic for Kate. We first saw them in 2012 during the London Olympics, worn with a formal skirt suit as well as jeans and a blazer. She continues to wear them to public events with both casual and formal ensembles – even wobbling through the Amisfield Winery in Queensland a few days ago.
According to Emily Andrews from The Sun, the Duchess of Cambridge told a woman at the Amisfield Winery that the shoes were Russell and Bromley. This put to rest almost two years of debate on where they came from.
Wait – what? Didn’t I just say that they were Stuart Weitzman? Yes, I did. Stuart Weitzman designs shoes for English-based shoe retailer Russell and Bromley. The correct name of the shoe is “Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley SW Coco Wedge.” The shoe retails for £255.00 ($429) but is only available for purchase in the UK.
It is described as “our iconic SW Coco wedge by Stuart Weitzman is a must-have for spring/summer. Expertly crafted in blue suede with a contrast cork wedge and platform, these low-key wedges will go with everything in your wardrobe. The ultimate warm-weather essential, wear with anything from denim to pretty dresses for chic, understated style fit for a princess.”
These shoes are nearly identical to the mainstream Stuart Weitzman brand’s “Corkswoon wedges.” The “Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge” is described “Cork wedge in nice blue suede or pyrite nocturn” and retails for $398 (£237).
Every detail is the same, with the exception of the inner lining of the shoe. The lining may be a different color, and have different logos to represent whether they are Russell and Bromley or Stuart Weitzman.
Whether you own the Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley SW Coco, the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon, or a gorgeous repliKate, you have a piece of Kate’s iconic style. Whether you love them or hate them, these blue suede cork wedges are sure to become an icon of Kate’s style, just like the LK Bennett “Sledge.” These babies are here to stay.