Kate Middleton has an amazing secret that allows her to walk around in high heels all day
As absurd as it sounds, there actually are some places where employers can force female employees to wear high heels to work. A British woman who turned up wearing flats for a temporary receptionist role last year was sent home because she refused to wear 2-4 inch heels. Excuse me but what?
Luckily, the rest of us can decide when we'd like to whip out a pair of slinky stilettos or when we'd rather just don some sneakers. I mean, heels aren't exactly designed to be comfortable or easy to walk in, and their main purpose is most definitely to make you look sexier.
But it all comes down to personal preference; you could be someone who only slips into a pair of pumps on the occasional Saturday, or maybe you actually do like to wear them every day - just like Her Royal Highness herself, Kate Middleton.
The Duchess of Cambridge is always wearing heels (she too is probably forced to wear them by the rules of royal etiquette) – and they're tall ones at that. The paparazzi swarm her constantly during public outings and official royal duties, so she gets no respite in taking them off for a moment to let her poor feet rest.
So how does she do it? Does she have superhuman feet? Is she just suffering in silence, her insteps screaming on the inside? Apparently not. Apart from occasionally switching from stilettos to wedges every now and again, Kate's got a rather ingenious hack for being able to glide around all day in heels.
Ooft, that is a nice pair. But I digress – according to Vanity Fair, the secret is leather sole inserts.
Back in 2015, an insider claimed that Kate's preferred brand for insoles is Alice Bow, created by British shoe designer Rachel Bowditch. The leather shoe inserts are said to be incredibly comfy, and can help to alleviate some of the pain that comes hand-in-hand with strutting around in high heels all day.
“Kate has ordered a couple of packets, she thinks they are great,” the source said of the insoles, which are handmade in Britain from high-quality Italian leather.
The trend-setter has shown quite a penchant for British fashion brands throughout the years. We already know that she's a big fan of footwear brand, LK Bennet. However, she's not afraid to cross over the Atlantic for her other favourite label, Stuart Weitzman, who has designed shoes for the likes of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.
"There has been talk of the Duchess wearing the insoles, but we cannot comment either way," a spokesperson for Alice Bow said after the news came out. They did become very popular as a result though, with the representative adding: "We have seen a massive surge in site visits."
While it's unlikely that we'll be able to get a glimpse at Kate's enviable shoe collection for the time being (she's hardly out at the moment while she's pregnant with her third child), at least we now know the secret to how she does it.
In any case, resting at home in Kensington Palace is sure to be good for Kate's tootsies. I just hope they're enjoying themselves in a nice big pair of fluffy slippers, I'm sure it would be quite the novel experience for them.