Get Kate’s style: LK Bennett Sledge – a great alternative!

Kate Middleton's nude court shoes by LK Bennett

NOTE:  This blog post is really out of date.  We’ll be updating it shortly.

Kate has really set a trend with her nude court shoes!  Many people, both in and out of the public eye, have copied Kate and purchased a pair of nude pumps for themselves.  Remember Mike & Zara’s wedding?   Members of the Royal Family and celebrity guests alike turned up wearing nude court shoes, some wearing the L.K. Bennett Sledge (For example Princess Beatrice) and others wearing a similar nude colour, but by a different designer.

At almost £200, the L.K. Bennett Sledge is not a viable shoe option for most of us, that’s why we’ve come up with some alternatives that are so good, we’re terming them ‘RepliKates.’

Get Kate’s Style: Nude Court Shoes

alternatives to the L.K. Bennett SledgeKelsi Dagger Lizzy Patent Platforms from

OK – so the heel is higher than Kate’s L.K. Bennett Sledges, but I love the shape, colour and the platform.

Specifically, the “Lizzy” comes with a 5 inch heel and 1 inch platform.  The shoe apparently runs true to size, you can buy half sizes and it’s made with a leather upper.

Kelsi Dagger Lizzy Platform:
$119.99 –
Worldwide shipping.  FREE 2ND DAY SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS in USA!*
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Taupe Nude L.K. Bennett Shoe AlternativePatent Leather Platform Pumps

These nude platform pumps are by C. Wonder – they claim to be a versatile pump to “take you from work to weekend.”

Inside the shoe is cushioned with a memory foam padded insole, the shoe is made from a patent leather upper and heel, plus the company sell the shoe in a range of half sizes.

Patent Leather Platform:
$128 –  C. Wonder
FREE GROUND SHIPPING in the USA.  No worldwide shipping :(
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nude court shoesAutograph Leather Platform Court Shoes with Insolia®

Having seen these shoes in person, I can tell you they’re slightly more pink in hue than the L.K. Bennett Sledges, which I’d say are a more nude-beige colour.  However, they’re such a fabulous shoe, they could be worth looking at anyway.

The Autograph shoes are well worth the price tag at £55.  They’re made with coated leather and come with M&S’s patented “Insolia” technology, something I personally cannot live without – it’s a sole that helps you stay comfortable all day. I’ve owned two or three pairs of Insolia shoes from M&S and I find them very, very comfy. These shoes feature a round toe, a patent finish and they come in half sizes.

I’d totally buy these – they’re currently on my wish list and I’m going to look into buying them soon (I’ll post a review if I do).

Autograph Coated Leather Plaform
£55 –  Marks & Spencer
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L.K. Bennett Sledge Nude AlternativeLimited Collection Patent Platform Court Shoes

Yet another pair of nude pumps from Marks & Spencers that make a good “RepliKate” for those wanting to copy the Duchess’ trusty L.K. Bennett shoes, but without the price tag.  This pair is certainly affordable, and more budget-friendly than the other M&S pair above.  I’d argue they’re less comfortable too, as they don’t have the Insolia technology like the shoe above.  They’re also made from manmade fibres, not leather.

They do come in half sizes, and a variety of colours.  The colour shown on the right is their light caramel colour, there’s also a darker blush shade available too.

Limited Collection Patent Platform
£19.50 –  Marks & Spencer
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(All prices, delivery charges & descriptions are subject to change on the retail site. Of course, this might change before I manage to update this post, so do double check before buying!)


  1. There are some close-ish examples here at Piper Lime for your American readers (of which I am not one, btw). Am totally OBSESSED with finding a suitable imitation (or the real thing, which would be even better!) here in New Zealand. Any suggestions?

    • Sorry, finding them from outside UK is difficult. I tend to only check for US as well as UK as those are the two countries I get the most requests for and I know the stores fairly well. NZ – no idea!

      However, there are plenty of UK stores that ship to NZ – including most of the ones I’ve listed, Dorothy Perkins & Debenhams for example.

  2. I found two similar alternatives to the L.K. Bennett pump that Kate wears. One is made by ELLE and there are carried in the US by a store called Kohls. They are approximately $60 US (£45) but they do not ship internationally. The other is made by BCBG and can be bought at They run $89 US (£67) and they do ship internationally.

    • Do you know if the shoes your are talking about are just as comfortable as the sledge? I meet hurt in a lot of shoes and need them to be well made but mostly comfortable. Any ideas?

  3. Does anyone know if there are any mid-heeled nude patent heels under £50?

  4. Just in case there are any Dutch readers out here, I found a quite acceptable cheap alternative (for me at least). They’re EUR 33,50 at Nelly:

  5. Nine West has almost exact pair : “ROCHA”. $79

  6. They’re at Target for $29.99 now! :)

  7. Love these shoes there tooo gorgeous can’t fing them anywer been looking for ages :'(

  8. Kate Roberts says:

    My Light Taupe Sledges just arrived at my doorstep two days ago. They’re a perfect fit and really comfortable, and shopping and getting them shipped out was a breeze. Thank heavens they finally stocked up on my size after a year of waiting!

  9. I found the Nine West Rocha is a pretty darn close comparison, and when they’re on sale they’re very affordable!

  10. There are nude pumps available at Walmart for under $20!

    • Yes, but they will not last. It is always best to spend a bit more when buying a shoe that you want to use as a wardrobe staple.

  11. have some decent nude patent heels. They ship internationally.

  12. I bought the Nine West Regola last year and I love them! They look almost exactly like the Sledge and cost $79. I got the Tortora patent leather color. I don’t wear heels too often, so I’m not a good judge on whether heels are comfy or not, but they look fantastic!


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