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As the self-proclaimed leader of Kate Middleton's unofficial Canadian fan club, I like to keep well-versed on all things Duchess of Cambridge. And while I could pen a dissertation on the hundreds of reasons why Kate is the ultimate it-girl, I'll dive into one right now: her style.
While the Duchess is no stranger to the glitz and glamour of the British monarchy, she's also refreshingly relatable. Take her go-to pair of sneakers, for example. Brand: Superga, price: $83. Her sandals? Brand: Castañer, price: $237.
The Duchess first stepped out in the brand's leather Chelsea boots while visiting a kindergarten in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Feb. 23 and then again in early March during an outing to a Welsh goat farm with her husband, Prince William.
On both occasions, the 40-year-old paired her practical spring boots with a dark olive green Seeland Woodcock Jacket (shop a similar style from L.L.Bean here).
While Kate may be one of the brand's most famous fans, she's far from the only one. Racking up an average rating of 4.7 stars from Nordstrom shoppers, reviewers say the water-resistant shoes are "perfect" for just about anything.
Crafted using premium leather, the Blundstone Chelsea Boots come engineered with impact-protection technology to provide wearers with shock protection and support in the heel.
The boot's cushioned footbeds can be removed and washed whenever you feel the need to freshen up, and their low, stable heels provide excellent traction on wet and icy surfaces.
Plus, the unisex boots are designed with extra-thick soles to insulate against cold underfoot temperatures, making them perfect for spring transitional weather.
What people are saying
Racking up an average rating of 4.7 stars, the Kate Middleton-approved boots have become a wardrobe favourite among Nordstrom shoppers.
"How did I live without these?" asks one reviewer. "They're perfect for just about any condition: cold, wet, dry. I'm not sure how I got by without them."
"Can't beat Blunies for comfort, waterproof and great tread in snow or rain," writes another shopper. "They look great with jeans, pants or skirts."
"I wear these boots literally every day," adds another shopper, noting that they're "so comfy and cute and the perfect height to wear with any jeans."
While reviews for the boots largely lean positive, some Nordstrom shoppers warn that Blundstone sizing can be tricky, and that breaking them in can be "hard."
I "can't wear them for too long," writes one reviewer. "The break-in period is hard." However, the shopper added that "these boots are beautiful, and the versatility makes the break-in period worth it."