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. As soon as you hear that she is to attend an event near water, you just know she’ll wear her Bala boat shoes.
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:
Kate wears the Sebago Bala shoes in the taupe and white colour-way.
About the Sebago Bala boat shoes:
Described 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 $95 USD / £94.99 GBP on Sebago’s website. (With free express shipping in the USA until March 27th, 2016 with the code EXPRESSFREE).
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.
Where to buy Sebago Bala shoes:
Obviously, the Bala boat shoes are available to buy at Sebago.com. Sebago offer free shipping on all orders, free express shipping if you spend over $49 and free returns.
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:
(*Please note: prices and offer codes are correct at the time of publishing (September 24th, 2016) but are subject to change/end).
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!
(*Again, prices and offer codes are correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.)
Sebago and Liberty London Collaborate!
I just wanted to share this because I think they’re gorgeous! Sebago has recently released several styles of their shoes in the famous Liberty London art fabrics. Sadly, the Bala shoes are not included. However, you can buy the “dockside” in three different Liberty prints, and these are pretty similar to the Bala. Click the banner below to browse the different styles:
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 countryattire.com 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.
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: