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Kate Middleton has signalled the real start of winter by swapping her trusty courts and espadrilles for her favourite long suede boots: a black pair by Aquatalia known as the 'Rhumba' boot in the US and the 'Hi & Dry' boot here in the UK - where they are sold exclusively at Russell & Bromley. The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen wearing the stylish, hardy boots on numerous public occasions in recent weeks, including her visit to Newcastle, where she is pictured above.

Speaking as someone who has bought the same pair of soft, suede black boots for autumn/winter year after year, I can't fault Kate's wardrobe decision here! And the best thing about Aquatalia's style is that its hard wearing and water resistant as well as looking great (nothing worse than going out in your best suede boots just before the heavens open). The pull-on boots have a small zip around the ankle area for ease of wearing and a slimline shape that fits snugly to legs even as slender as Kate's - avoiding that dreaded 'welly boot' look.

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