L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps [review & where to buy]

It looks like Kate’s a big fan of the L.K. Bennett Sledge, we’ve seen her wearing the nude-coloured heels  (pumps) on many different occasions since around 2011.  In 2012, Kate wore her L.K. Bennett Sledges almost daily on her tour of Asia on behalf of The Queen’s Jubilee.

Kate’s continued wear of the Sledge suggests the shoe is both comfortable and durable.

Read my L.K. Bennett Sledge review:  Click here.
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Fancy your own pair of L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps? Where to buy:

If you want to get your hands on a pair of these shoes, the following stores usually have the Sledge in stock:

All delivery prices are correct at the time of publishing, but please DO double check on the retailer’s site before placing your order. Last updated: Feburary 6th 2014.

Gallery 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.

Review of Kate’s L.K. Bennett Sledge heels:

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 (I will try and update these images soon!)

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.  You don’t feel like you’re wearing super high heels.

My verdict:

I bought the Sledges in a UK size 7 and I’d say I’m a 7.5 with wide feet.  I think in an ideal world, a 7.5 would have been perfect for me, but the 8 was too big. I’ve worn my Sledges several times now and each time 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:

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 someone else).  L.K. Bennett also provide a spare heel tip with the shoes (very useful!)  I scuffed a bit of the patent leather on the heel and the Cobbler was able to put a little glue on the shoe which fixed the issue nicely.  Just be careful when getting them resoled – tell the Cobbler explicitly that the shoes are expensive and need extra care – mine nicked a tiny bit of the patent leather near the sole, but it’s unnoticeable.

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

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

Going back to 2011, there was talk about a “Sledge” and a “Sledge2″ pump. The latter is 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.  It is thought that Kate wears the older ‘Sledge’ style.

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!

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Comments

  1. Am amazed a pair of LK Bennett Sledge 2 Taupe shoes on ebay (and used) currently on at £142!! I bought some new ones for £150 last week after your tip off re availability at Selfridges! Am v pleased.

    • That’s great news Angela, glad you managed to get a pair because they sold out awful quick after I put the link up!

      They were also approx £20 cheaper than LK bennett, House of Fraser & John Lewis!!!

      It’s amazing how there’s an (approx) £30/40 quid second hand Zara dress on eBay (monochrome one worn recently) that’s now up to around £90 in bids. If that particular garment was actually worn by Kate I’d understand… but come on… that’s mad! I’d rather pay less and buy one similar!

  2. What is the difference in the taupe and light taupe colours? There is only light taupe Sledge shoes available on the LK Bennett website. Is it the same one that Kate wears?

    • Carly (admin) says:

      I *believe* Kate does wear the light taupe colour.

      It says “Taupe – light taupe” in the description. The others say “Grey – charcoal” and “Purple – plum” as well. It’s almost like they’re giving two colour names for every style. Hope this helps.

  3. Hi, I’m really wanting to buy a pair of shoes like the LK Bennett’s Kate wears. I live in the us and can’t afford the real thing! I want something as close to it as possible but I’m concerned about comfort and heel height. It would be nice to be able to try the shoe on before buying but as long as they will take the shoes back I guess it’s fine. There are just so many look alikes out there and I don’t know a lot about shoes or brands ect. Please help direct me! Thanks

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