Soon we’ll be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny royal feet — as well as the sound of a famous mother chasing after the new heir. And chances are that this particular famous mom, Duchess Catherine, may be wearing a pair of Chatelles while she does so.
Kate was introduced to the shoes by her sister Pippa Middleton, who’s a big fan of the line (as seen at left). Once she had three pairs of her own, “Pippa said, ‘I want to buy a pair for my sister,’” the line’s designer, François du Chastel, tells PEOPLE.
Through feedback from Pippa, his longtime friend, du Chastel believes Kate loves her styles, Honoré and Alphonse. And though she hasn’t been spotted out in them yet — “I don’t know if she wore them at Buckingham Palace in private,” he says — they’re perfect for an expectant mom: “I want a girl to shine and be comfy.”
Pippa, who has three pairs herself, thinks “they’re beautiful.” He designs them so that they’re easy to walk in, while still offering grace and femininity. “Less is more,” du Chastel says. “This makes them very chic.”
He designed the first pair for a woman he loved years ago, adding a romantic touch. Each pair is inscribed with a quote by French author Victor Hugo: On the left foot, “Je ne puis demeurer … (“I cannot remain…”); on the right, “Loin de toi plus longtemps” (“far away from you any longer”).
If there’s one thing he wants women to know about footwear, from royal mothers to everyday women, it’s this: “You don’t have to wear heels to look good and glamorous.”
Tell us: What do you think of du Chastel’s “Chatelles” designs? Think we might see Middleton in a pair soon?