Yes, I am talking about the lace-up variety of shoe one wears jogging. On the Duchess of Cambridge’s feet.
And yes, she was (gasp) at an ~official~ event while doing so. Waving and smiling alongside Prince William at the America’s Cup headquarters in Portsmouth, K-Middy walked around with her usual bubbly, royal air wearing a polo shirt, black jeans, 18-carat gold and diamond earrings that cost $3863, and some decidedly un-royal shoes.
I know, I know — I can basically hear your eyes rolling into the back of your head right now. “Lady, sneakers aren’t a new trend; who cares if she wore them or not?”
But in thinking that you’ve actually hit the proverbial stiletto right onto the toe.
When Kate Middleton, she of the $10,000 outfits, the jewels, the crowns and the Alexander McQueen everything, decides it’s appropriate — fashionable, even — to wear jeans and sneakers to an official event, this is big. I don't think humongous would be a stretch.
It can only mean one thing: we’ve hit the pinnacle of the sneaker. I wasn’t sure if this day would come but we’ve finally done it. We've reached Peak Trainer. There is no turning back.
Not only does the Duchess’ sartorial choice mean sneakers have been officially accepted into the Everyday Footwear Category, they’ve now been welcomed into our work and event wardrobes with open arms and silent tears of happiness. (Post continues after gallery.)