Meghan Markle Wore a Pair of Simple White Pumps on Her Wedding Day

A classic look.

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Update 5/19: Meghan Markle gave off Audrey Hepburn (opens in new tab) vibes on her wedding day. The (now) Duchess of Sussex wore a Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy haute couture wedding dress (opens in new tab) and veil from the fashion house. The gown featured a boatneck style, long sleeves, and a slightly flared hem. She then accessorized with Cartier earrings and The Queen Mary Tiara (opens in new tab).

Though her dress draped to the floor and covered her shoes, when Meghan appeared on the church steps we received a quick glimpse of the heels. The white satin pumps looked comfy and were reportedly (opens in new tab) based "on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin." However, the exact designer has yet to be confirmed.

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Original post 5/9:

The best part about Meghan Markle's wedding day on May 19? She'll be wearing not one but two dresses, which means double the shoes. Markle has favored brands like Sarah Flint, which she wore to the special Anzac Day service (opens in new tab), and the iconic Manolo Blahnik that she wears frequently, like to celebrate the Queen's birthday (opens in new tab), attend the Invictus Games reception (opens in new tab), celebrate Commonwealth Day (opens in new tab)visit Birmingham on International Women's Day (opens in new tab), and more. Markle loves her Manolo's.

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Markle also loves her velvet Jimmy Choo's, which she's worn for a day of engagements in Belfast (opens in new tab), the suede cut-out Aquazzura pumps that she wore to the Women's Empowerment reception (opens in new tab) in April, and another pair (this time with a chic, thick ankle strap) she wore to her first royal event with Harry, William, and Kate (opens in new tab) at the Royal Foundation Forum. The Meghan Markle effect (opens in new tab)—i.e. the immediate sellout of anything she wears—continued with the shoe brand Tamara Mellon after Markle wore the brand's suede heels with a buckle closure (opens in new tab) to meet young delegates at the Commonwealth Youth Forum (opens in new tab).

So, what footwear will Markle choose for her big day? All signs point to a pair of Manolo's accompanying her sure-to-be gorgeous wedding gown (which royal wedding expert and bridal designer Caroline Castigliano (opens in new tab) sketched out below—we hope it looks just like this!). The only reason it may not be the Manolo's is if Meghan decides to follow in the footstep's of her future-sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and wear a pair by the same designer of her wedding dress. Middleton's bridal shoes were designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to match her dress (opens in new tab). Blahnik doesn't design wedding dresses, therefore the brand would be ruled out.

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As for the style of the shoe? "She has to be comfortable, right? There's nothing worse than being incredibly uncomfortable on an occasion like this. I'm sure she'll have a simple, closed-toe court shoe," says Castigliano (opens in new tab). (Fun fact: "Court shoe" (opens in new tab) is how the Brits refer to "pumps.") "She needs to be taking in the whole experience and not worrying about her feet."

Although it will be hard to catch a glimpse of Markle's footwear underneath her (likely) voluminous gown, we'll be watching intently as she walks down the aisle to see if she goes with our prediction: Manolo's, naturally. At the evening reception, it should be easier to spot her shoes (since Castigliano thinks she'll go with something "slinky" and "more her personal style" (opens in new tab)), and we're pretty sure what you'll see is a fun strappy, velvet pump like the Aquazzura pair below that she wore when she and Harry announced their engagement (opens in new tab). They're sold out everywhere, btw. Hence, the Meghan Markle effect.

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Until May 19.


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