The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are officially back on tour. On Sept. 23, the couple kicked off their first major trip since welcoming Baby Archie into the world (with, you guessed it, Baby Archie in tow, too). Better yet, the royal baby just made his tour debut on Sept. 25 — with people quick to point out the fact that he really is the spitting image of a young Prince Harry. Today, said baby sighting is making headlines, but on Tues., it was Markle's royal tour style that was on everyone's lips.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's began their first overseas trip as a family on Mon., and according to the couple's official Instagram account, their 10-day South African tour will focus primarily on "community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment." A busy calendar and lots of visits to various places around South Africa means that plenty of royal sightings are bound to appear on your news feed. (See: This morning, the 'gram was blowing up with snaps of Baby Archie.)
On Tues., however, it was Markle's down-to-earth getup that reminded everyone of the royal tastemaker's panache for versatility. One minute she's rocking her favorite blue Veronica Beard dress, and the next, she's sporting black Mother skinny jeans and a denim jacket from Madewell (yep, this royal shops Madewell, too).
The ensemble was a fitting choice considering the occasion — a visit to Monwabisi Beach in South Africa, where the couple learned about the work of Waves for Change, an organization that supports local surf mentors to provide mental health services to vulnerable young people living in under resourced communities.
Markle rounded out her beach day outfit with a white J. Crew button-down, a Madewell canvas bag, and last but certainly not least, a pair of gorgeous handcrafted Huaraches — a traditional Mexican sandal that's typically rendered in a woven leather — from Brother Vellies.
Aside from the fact that they hail from CFDA-darling, Aurora James' eco-friendly label (which supports local artisans in countries all over the world — including South Africa, Morocco, and Mexico — to bring you your next pair of "forever shoes"), Markle's Huaraches ring in at a reasonable $225, which is quite a steal for a slow-fashion find.
The duchess has switched up her shoes just as much as she's changed outfits — and it's only day three of the royal's South African tour. Stay tuned for more topnotch Markle footwear sightings in the coming days. Until then, shop her exact Brother Vellies sandals while they're still in stock or peruse similar iterations below.