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L.K Bennett Sledge Pumps

Nude patent court shoes

Sledge Patent Leather Platform Court Shoe

Kate Middleton appears to be a big fan of the L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps in nude, she’s worn them on many occasions since 2011.  In my opinion, Kate’s continued wear of the L.K. Bennett Sledge suggests the shoe is both comfortable and durable.

Kate Middleton wearing her L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps

I own these shoes.  Click here to jump to my review.

Buying the L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps:

If you’d like to buy the Sledge pumps and copy Kate’s style, your first port of call is L.K. Bennett.  They have two websites, one for the USA & Canada and another for the UK & International (rest of the world).

If L.K. Bennett has sold out of your size (it often happens), you can also buy the shoes from the places listed below (click any picture to visit the website & view in more detail) –

If you’re in the UK, also try John Lewis and Sarenza. Both shops stock the shoe periodically.

Pictures of Kate wearing her L.K. Bennett Sledges:

About the L.K. Bennett Sledge shoe:

The Sledge court shoe is made from patent leather, features a platform and large heel.  L.K. Bennett describe the shoe as follows:

Sledge is a sleek, versatile platform in a modern, gloss patent leather. The feminine and sculptural toplines balance the amount of exposed toe cleavage. The built-in comfort factor ensures you won’t want to take these off, as they take you from desk to dinner effortlessly. Sledge is worn consistently by some of the most stylish women in the world.

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Kate wearing the L.K. Bennett Sledge

My review of Kate’s L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps:

I wanted to buy a pair of Sledge pumps for a wedding I attended in July 2012 as a treat for loosing nearly 2 stone in weight.  I originally wanted to buy the patent taupe pair like Kate’s, but instead I bought them in charcoal grey, also patent, because they matched my outfit better.  I also thought I might be able to get more wear about of the grey Sledges over the taupe/nude colour.  Here’s a rather grainy picture of me wearing them on two different occasions…L.K. bennett sledge shoes

As you can see in the photo on the left, I have a little toe cleavage.  This was first time I’d worn the Sledges out of the house, but the leather (fine Italian leather no less) soon stretched and the nasty toes disappeared!   I found the Sledge platforms to be super comfortable; I can see why Kate wears them so often.  My feet didn’t really ache or get sore -you don’t feel don’t feel like you’re wearing huge high heels.


I bought the Sledges in a UK size 7.  I typically buy EU41 shoes, which is a 7.5 in some stores and 8 in others.  I think in an ideal world, a 7.5 would have been perfect for me, but I tried on the 8 and they were far too big.  The size 7 Sledges do pinch a little to begin with, but they stretched for me.    I noticed that L.K. Bennett do sell some styles in half sizes – I’ll certainly buy half a size up on any future purchases.

I’ve worn my Sledges several times now and I really love them.  Further, I have chunky ankles and I think these really elongate the leg.  They made me feel very ladylike!

Reheeling and resoling your L.K. Bennett Sledges:

One of the events I attended was outdoors.  I was worried about water damage to the bottom of my Sledge shoes, so I took them to Timpson and had a very thin, beige half sole applied to the bottom after the first wear (this was recommended to me by a friend).

Just be careful when getting them resoled – tell the Cobbler explicitly that the shoes are expensive and need extra care – the man at Timpson nicked a tiny bit of the patent leather near the sole, but it’s not very noticable.  I’ve been thinking about using a Sharpie to cover it over!

During one evening, I scuffed a bit of the patent leather on the heel.   I took the shoes back the Cobbler and he put a little glue on the shoe which fixed the issue nicely.  You cannot really see the scuff now.

Also worth knowing – L.K. Bennett provide a spare heel tip with the shoes.

Please note: L.K. Bennett did NOT compensate me for this review; I paid full price for my L.K. Bennett Sledges and simply reviewed them to help my readers decide whether or not to buy a pair. 

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Kate’s L.K. Bennett Sledge shoes and Natalie Clutch Bag

QUESTION: What is the difference between the L.K.Bennett Sledge and Sledge2?

If you followed Kate back to 2011, you may have heard talk about a “Sledge” and a “Sledge2” pump.  The latter is just a slightly updated version of the former.

L.K. Bennett only sell the updated Sledge2 style now, but other stockists of the shoe still call the shoe “Sledge”, instead of “Sledge2”. This can be confusing for Kate fans.  So, what’s the difference? The answer is officially: hardly anything!

L.K. Bennett told me:

“Sledge is a patent leather finish and Sledge2 is a high shine leather, other than that the 2 styles are identical!”

Both are shiny, but just treated differently by the looks of it!  Now you know!

It is thought that Kate wears the older ‘Sledge’ style, though it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s purchased a second, newer pair in recent years.  She MUST have worn those shoes out by now?  She wears them so often!

The L.K. Bennett Sledge in more colours:

The Sledge pumps form a core part of L.K. Bennett’s inventory, the brand regularly releases the shoe in different colours to suit the season.   Here’s what’s currently available (at the time of writing).

Kate middleton pearl champagne sledge shoes

NEW for 2016:  the L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps come in this stunning “pearlised champagne” colour (pictured above).  I think these are the perfect wedding shoes for spring.  The subtle metallic colour is bang on trend.  Not getting married?  You could wear these beauties to a swanky gala dinner, for a romantic dinner date or with black skinny jeans for a girls’ night out.

Click here to shop the pearlised champagne Sledge shoes at L.K. Bennett (UK ONLY at present).

Here are some of the other options available:


Clothing, shoes and accessories worn by Kate Middleton (sometimes in different colours)ADVERTISEMENT