Something Royal’s Afoot!

You don’t need a royal title to wear Versace beaded crown slippers

Versace Rock N’ Royalty velvet sneakers with a hand-embellished crown motif, $695. More info/purchase

It’s been just a little over one week since the historic Royal Wedding and like almost everyone else, I am taken with Meghan Markle. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m somewhat obsessed. She not only has a new life, a new husband, a new family, and a new title (Duchess of Sussex), but she was just gifted with her very own coat of arms (really, how cool is that?)

The Duchess of Sussex’s Coat of Arms

Designed by the College of Arms and approved by Queen Elizabeth, it is emblazoned with golden poppies from her home state of California, and wintersweet, which grows at her new residence, Kensington Palace. It has been said that the blue background of the shield itself represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the Golden State.

Alas, like the rest of us lowly commoners, I will never be given my own coat of arms (my closest association with royalty is that I have been called a ‘JAP’ at times lol). But that doesn’t mean I can’t wear a regal coat of arms, crown, or crest affixed to a pair of velvet slippers. I love the formal correctness and noble timeless elegance they evoke and in addition, they are a great alternative to more ordinary loafers or sneakers and would look great with jeans.

If you too, want to tap into your royal side, the following items are a good place to start.

Christian Louboutin Cadrilla  

Christian Louboutin Cadrilla Corazon 110 crest-embroidered pumps, $845 More info/purchase

Christian Louboutin Academy velvet sneakers

Christian Louboutin black velvet embroidered Miss Academy slip-on sneakers, $734.  More info/purchase

Shipton crested velvet slippers family crest

Shipton & Heneage London family crested velvet slippers (each pair is customized), $595. More info/purchase

Versace Icon Medusa velvet mule loafers

Versace Icon Medusa velvet mule loafer, $825  More info/purchase

For over 300 years, Belgian Shoes has made footwear for both men and women exclusively by hand and they pride themselves on their fine workmanship (they have a shop located at 110 east 55th street). If you want to transform their unisex and classic Midinette loafer, with its signature tiny bow ($450), into something more regal (it is available in a range of colors and materials – velvet included), they offer a variety of separate crests, crowns, and monograms which will instantly do the trick.
Among the selection:

Belgian Shoe red crown crest

The Red Crown, $85 More info/purchase

Belgian Shoe Leaf Crown Initial Crest

Leaf Crown Initial, $85 More info/purchase

Stubbs & Wootton green velvet mules

1990’s Stubbs & Wootton green velvet mules with embroidered crest, $395. More info/purchase

Stubbs & Wootton Snob men and women slippers

There is also a Stubbs & Wootton velvet slipper perfect for the man or woman in your life who may not be a prince, princess, duke, duchess, king or queen, but he or she is nonetheless a snob, $450- $495. More info/purchase

Stubbs & Wootton Screw You College Slippers

And they make a perfect one for that someone in your life who may not have a royal title but IS a royal pain in the neck, $450 – $495. More info/purchase

FYI, Stubbs & Wootton, which launched in Palm Beach in 1993, is known for having given the slipper its due recognition as an all-purpose shoe, and they are responsible for making evening slippers relevant once again. On their website, which has offerings for men, women, and children, you are invited to create a bespoke slipper to your own specifications.

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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