We've tested the comfy New Balance trainers, too.

By Richelle Szypulski
February 28, 2019
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Kate Middleton has a bit of a track record for unconventional sporting footwear. We've seen her hike, spike volleyballs, play field hockey, and wield a mean table tennis serve in sky-high wedges and platform heels, but the royal mom of three is finally coming around to a sensible sneaker.

On a trip to Northern Ireland, Duchess Kate and Prince William played some good ol' fashioned non-American football with young girls on a visit to Windsor Park Stadium, home of the Irish Football Association in Belfast. And this time, Kate changed into a pair of New Balance sneakers.

The Fresh Foam Cruz is a relatively new style for New Balance, released in July of 2018, that's casual enough for everyday wear and supportive enough for the gym — or, in Kate's case, the soccer field. I actually have a pair in light gray, myself, and they're always on rotation. They're breathable and lightweight thanks to a knit upper construction. I found the toebox to be nice and roomy, but the lacing system's nubuck leather "saddle" allows me to tighten them to my liking around the arch of my feet. The heel design is also meant to cradle the back of your foot and the plush foam insole makes for a soft, comfy step.

According to People.com, Kate's colorway is from an exclusive collaboration with London-based activewear brand Sweaty Betty. But we found the same pair on Zappos for less than half the price in a super similar "Vintage Indigo" color. You can shop both below.

New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Sneakers in Dark Navy

Courtesy of Sweaty Betty

To buy: sweatybetty.com, $90 (U.K. sizing, so make sure to check the conversion chart before ordering)

New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Sneakers in Vintage Indigo

Courtesy of Zappos

To buy: zappos.com, $44 (originally $90)