Emerging global style icon Meghan Markle turned up at a sports track in Bath, England, for an Invictus Games event, more or less adopting a casual chic look with a polo shirt, olive-green trench coat and black bootcut jeans.
But it’s the footwear that set off a small debate: The U.S.-born former TV actress wore stiletto heels, as she is wont to do at other public events.
But are sky-high shoes, with pointy toes and sharp heels, the most practical thing to wear while striding down a sports track or across a grassy field?
Prince Harry’s bride-to-be accompanied him Friday to the U.K. team trials for the Invictus Games at the University of Bath. Prince Harry is a founder of the Invictus Games, an annual gathering of servicemen and women who compete in a variety of sports after suffering life-changing injuries. The 2018 games will officially kick off in Sydney on Oct. 20.
With regard to Markle’s choice of stilettos, People magazine noted that her future-sister-in-law Kate Middleton opted for a far more practical track style when she joined Prince William and Prince Harry for a sports-related event in 2017.
To meet with a Heads Together team training for the London Marathon, the Duchess of Cambridge, like Markle, wore a pair of black slim-fit jeans — so as to enhance a long-legged look.
But Middleton also traded in her usual pumps for comfortable New Balance trainers. She also joined William and Harry in racing down the track.
Markle and Harry didn’t participate in any racing, which people on Twitter pointed out as they shared their mixed reactions.
Some agreed her shoes didn’t look practical for the event, but others thought she beautifully carried off a casual/professional look. And still others objected to the idea of drawing comparisons between Markle and Middleton, when it comes to footwear or to anything else.