It's hard to argue against the fact that the Duchess of Sussex is a bountiful source of style inspiration — the pieces she wears are classic, refined wardrobe staples that are well worth the investment. And as such, it's no surprise they sell out in mere minutes (yes, the Meghan Markle effect is very real). But while the elegant dresses, coats, and skirts she dons are typically the first to fly off the racks, there's one outfit element that's often overlooked. Enter, Meghan Markle's shoe collection: the versatile footwear lineup that's sure to inspire your holiday wardrobe.
Considering her style is consistently so strong, it's difficult to pinpoint Markle's best outfits. One thing's for sure, though: The Duchess of Sussex has quite an enviable shoe closet, one that's chock-full of sleek black heels, on-trend embellishments, and timeless nude pumps. If you're looking to emulate the Duchess of Sussex's style, there's no better time than the holiday season. The first step? Swap out your wear-with-everything shoes for one of Markle's go-to pairs.
Scroll through for four of Markle's very best shoe moments, all of which are still in stock and well-equipped for holiday season. Warning: You're going to have a hard time choosing just one.
The Classic Black Pump
Markle knows the power of a versatile black pump, donning a pair by Sarah Flint for her official tour of Ireland in July. She styled hers with a matching black two-piece suit set and a crisp white top — an outfit that can easily be worked into your own rotation, as well. If you want a look that's a little less business leaning, swap the trouser-and-pants combo for a flouncy red dress, keeping the pumps as the grounding element.
The best part about these Markle-approved heels? They're super comfortable, thanks to the added footbed padding and arch support. That means you can wear these all night, sans foot pain (a.k.a. one of the most important factors to consider when looking for the perfect party heel).
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The Embellished Heel
One of the easiest ways to incorporate sparkle into your holiday party look is with embellished heels. Here, Markle donned a pair by one of her go-to brands, Aquazzura, during an appearance at the 100 Days of Peace Concert back in Sept. Although subtle, the shine was hard to miss, especially when paired with that royal-blue dress.
This holiday season, take some style cues from Markle, and instead of opting for a glitzy necklace or classic diamond earrings, slip into a pair of crystal-embellished heels for that sought-after sparkle.
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The Ankle-Strap Heel
Markle clearly has a thing for sleek pumps, but she's equally obsessed with ankle-strap heels. During her visit to New Zealand in Oct., the Duchess of Sussex donned a pair she wears on repeat: the Casablanca Suede Pump by Aquazzura, which feature a layered ankle strap and a sleek stiletto heel. As it turns out, the ankle-strap detailing isn't just a cool design element, it's actually there for additional support and comfort.
Copy Markle and style these fashion-forward yet comfortable pumps with a flouncy black mini or midi-length dress, topping off your party look with oversized diamond earrings and a swipe of bright-red lipstick. Though Markle's shoe of choice was a classic nude, a vibrant, crimson suede is a great option to pair with your holiday wardrobe
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The Nude Pump
If you take a quick peek at some of Markle's best outfits, you'll notice one common element: a pair of nude pumps, which hail from Stuart Weitzman. And if you don't have a neutral pump sitting in your closet already, you're about to be convinced that you, too, are in need of the royal-approved style. They're so versatile that you can style them with everything in your wardrobe, just like Markle has.
Pair your nude pumps with a sleek black suit or, if you're in the mood for something a bit more festive, try out a sequin-embellished mini dress (the styling options are endless here).