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Sebago Bala Shoes

Sebago Bala deck shoes, as seen on Kate Middleton

Taupe suede boat shoes

The Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a Kate Middleton) regularly wears her Sebago Bala boat shoes. They appear to be a staple item in her closet.

Kate Middleton wearing the Sebago Bala deck shoes during a Safari in India

As soon as you hear that she is to attend an event near water, you just know she’ll wear the taupe and white loafers!

Kate doesn’t just wear the Bala shoes for nautical themed public engagements.  She also wears them during her downtime too.  In 2015, Kate wore the Sebago Bala boat shoes with a casual top and jean to watch a polo match:

Prince George kicks a ball

Kate wears the Sebago Bala shoes in the taupe and white colour-way.

Kate Middleton wearing her Sebago Bala boat shoes

About the Sebago Bala boat shoes:

The Sebago Bala Boat Shoes are a Royal FavouriteDescribed as “Equal parts cute and casual” by Sebago, the Bala shoe is a hand sewn moccasin slip-on shoe that features premium suede uppers and cushioned Latex foam sock lining.  The Balas are slip-resistant.  Their patented Sebago Lakes sole offers traction and support.

  • The Sebago Balas are hand sewn moccasins
  • Crafted from premium full grain or suede leather
  • Three-quarter cushion sock lining with latex foam
  • Adjustable, cotton flat woven lace
  • Corrosive-resistant Sebago® eyelets
  • Three-quarter stability board
  • Sebago® Littleway-stitched Lakes Drivers™ sole with rubber and heel kicker

The Bala shoes currently retail for $85 USD / £99.99 GBP on Sebago’s website.

It’s also worth noting that according to Sebago’s USA website, the shoe has 4.5 stars out of five, from over 220 reviews.

Sebago Bala as worn by Kate Middleton

Where to buy Sebago Bala shoes:

Obviously, the Bala boat shoes are available to buy at   Sebago offers free standard shipping and returns on all orders.   If you spend over $49 in the USA and £140 in the UK, they’ll upgrade you to free express shipping.

However, the company do not always have all sizes in stock (the shoes are VERY popular!)  You can add your name to their waitlist, and be notified when your size is available…  or you can purchase the Bala boat shoes from a number of other retailers, including:


  • – From $42, though most sizes are priced around the $95 mark.
  • Shoebuy – From $75.96 when you use the code WARMUP17 for 25% off, plus free shipping & returns*
  • OnlineShoes – $94.95
  • Zappos – $95 with free shipping


  • Spartoo – £68 with free delivery & returns
  • RubberSole – £68 with free delivery
  • Country Attire – £68.76 with free delivery & returns – possibly get another 10% off if you sign up to the newsletter (I haven’t tried this, let me know if it works!)
  • – From £84.99 (some with free UK delivery)

(*Please note:  prices and offer codes are correct at the time of publishing (January 26th, 2017) but are subject to change/end).

Kate Middleton wearing Sebago Bala shoes in New Zealand during the Yachting event

Sebago Bala shoes in other colours:

The Sebago Bala dock shoes are available in a number of other colours. They change from season to season.  Here are some of the options from around the web.  Often, you can find some of the different colours on sale!

Sebago Bala Boat Shoe in Light Blue

Sebago Bala Boat Shoe in Beach Bronze



Sebago Bala Boat Shoe in Aqua Sea Glass

Sebago Bala Boat Shoe in Salmon Pink

(*Again, prices and offer codes are correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.)

Related:  Sebago Bala in Liberty London Art Fabrics:

Sebago have released several styles of their shoes in the famous Liberty London art fabrics, including the Bala style.  There are three different prints available:

Sebago Bala Reviews:

I reached out to owners of the Sebago Bala shoes on the Kate Middleton Style Blog Facebook page.  Several people were happy write a short review:

I’ve owned the Sebago Bala for a couple of years. I love they feel like wearing a pair of ballet flats. They are not water resistant. So, upon the recommendation of the store owner, I purchased a suede sealer, and it seems to have worked well. The Bala doesn’t offer very much support – they’re very flat inside. I’m accustomed to that, but if you need arch support for long-term wear, you’ll need an insert. Overall, I think the price for the product was decent, and they’re a cute flat for spring and summer!

— Review by Amanda

Have had mine for 2 yrs from they are fabulous… Comfort with style….

— Review by Jane

I love them! I’ve had mine for about 3 years and they are still in great condition. I would definitely recommend them.

— Review by Bobbi

LOVE these shoes! Easy to throw on and really comfy!

— Review by Megan

I LOVE them!! Super comfy and great looking. I get a lot of compliments from people when I wear them.

— Review by Erin

Two people replied and said they need a “break in” period.

For me these need a break in period (tape 3&4 toes with clear tape, count from the big toe) to reduce the pain. After that they were comfortable and easy to clean with a damp cloth.

— Review by Tam

I have these shoes and haven’t worn them much. I don’t think they offer much support and do require a break in time. Mine arrived with laces that you have to tie. I’m not sure how these are tied without seeing the bow.

— Review by Linda

Every time these are on sale I buy a pair.  I love love LOVE them! They are crazy comfy!

— Review by Holly (via Twitter)

Duchess of Cambridge and Sebago:

The Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t own any other shoes by Sebago (to our knowledge) at this time.

Kate wearing the Sebago Bala shoes

However, she has worn her taupe and white Bala dock shoes a number of times over the last few years.  Browse some of those occasions below:


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