Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton"s taste in shoes slammed by designer Nicholas Kirkwood

'You're meant to be a princessy type of person, so act like 'one!': Shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood slams The Duchess of Cambridge's taste in shoes



16:48 GMT, 2 May 2012

Shoe maestro Nicholas Kirkwood has slammed The Duchess of Cambridge for her conservative taste in footwear.

The designer who is known for his extreme creations favoured by Beyonce and Sarah Jessica Parker, spoke out in an interview with The Daily Beast.

‘She just wears too much high street stuff. I know she’s trying to be democratic, but I don’t know how many pairs of LK Bennett you can wear.’

Kate sports a pair of her staple nude pumps which has seen high street favourite, L.K.Bennett's profits soar

Nicholas Kirkwood

Designer Nicholas Kirkwood, left, wishes Kate would swap her trademark pumps for something more regal

‘She does occasionally come out and
is wearing McQueen or something like that. It’s like, “Do that more!
You’re meant to be a princess-y type of person, so act like one!”’

However, the public can’t get enough of Kate’s taste and the Kate effect, as it is known, is cited as a key factor in the 17 per cent profit rise L.K.Bennett announced earlier this year.

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'She has accelerated sales for us — when
she does wear something, it always seems to go on a waiting list,’ said
L.K. Bennett’s US president, Tony DiMasso, who has just opened the
first New York store for the British brand.

Despite his comments, Kirkwood is also enjoying Stateside success.

He opened his first standalone boutique in London’s Mount Street last year has just launched a New York flagship in SoHo’s Meatpacking District.

This year he will collaborate with fashion designers Erdem, Peter Pilotto and Prabal Gurung.

He is also to set to launch his own e-commerce site.

‘It’d be great if she (Kate) did wear my shoes,’ Kirkwood commented wistfully.

He has created a special ‘Pearly Queen’ shoe for Selfridges’ in honour of the royal jubilee celebrations to go on sale this month.

This could just be the opportunity Kate has been waiting for…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at Goldsmiths' Hall

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at a Reception at the Hancock Park home of the British Consulate General in Los Angeles

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Leicester on March 8, 2012 as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Kate may play it safe but her penchant for L.K.Bennett pumps has sent the chain's profits soaring

Kate in wellies

Kate in wedges

kate in trainers

Perhaps these were the shots of Kate that Nicholas Kirkwood had in mind when he accused The Duchess of not being princessy enough