Just when we thought Meghan Markle couldn’t get more stylish, the Duchess of Sussex just stepped out in her very first pair of sneakers after becoming a royal and we’re totally running out to buy the same pair ASAP. On Sunday, Oct. 21, Meghan, 37, and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, took a boat ride in Sydney, Australia to watch an Invictus Games sailing competition and donned perfectly casual looks for the sporty occasion.
Meghan — who announced her first pregnancy just last week! — looked chic in a pair of black pants, a matching Invictus Games windbreaker, and a pair of KREWE sunglasses. But it was the Duchess’ black and white Veja sneakers that really caught everyone’s attention.
According to Fast Company, Veja is a French footwear brand that is known for creating sneakers with sustainable materials — such as tilapia skin or a leather-like material made from curdled milk — and the shoes are packaged by people who are struggling to find work, including those who have been previously incarcerated. The best part is Veja’s typically minimal and trendy shoes aren’t too crazy expensive — the pair Meghan was photographed wearing retails for about $150!
Not surprisingly, royal fans loved Meghan’s laid-back Invictus Games look during her 16-day royal tour with Harry. “Surprise! I really want Meghan Markle’s sneakers,” one person wrote on social media with another similarly adding, “Meghan in the vegan shoes [for the win]!!!” However, a few people commented that the obsession with Meghan wearing sneakers was too over-the-top. “I wore white sneakers all summer with every outfit and there aren’t any articles about me?” one person lamented on Twitter.
Meghan’s new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, 36, also has a favorite pair of sneakers and every time she steps out in them at casual royal events, the internet goes wild, too. Kate’s go-to-sneakers are actually a lot less expensive than Meg’s Veja shoes — she loves Superga’s 2750 COTU Classic Sneakers, which you can buy on Amazon for around $65. So if you want to look just like Duchesses Meghan or Kate, get shopping!
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