Kate Middleton Just Wore The Cutest Sneakers Of All Time – And They’re On Sale Right Now

by | Feb 28, 2019

Kate Middleton just showed off her sporty side, and I’m so into it. The Duchess of Cambridge was recently spotted swapping out her lace-up booties for something a bit more comfortable: New Balance sneakers!

 

Kate laced up her trainers to join a group of young soccer players at Windsor Park Stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, People reports. The soccer players are part of the Irish Football Association’s “Shooting Stars” program, which encourages girls to play sports.

Along with the sneakers, Kate donned a slim, navy puffer jacket over a ribbed white sweater and pair of black leggings. 

Kate’s royal athletic shoes are none other than New Balance’s Fresh Foam Cruz V2 in “pigment,” which are currently on sale on Amazon for $108 (originally $140). 

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If you’re interested in getting a pair for yourself, you better buy ASAP: These bad boys will probably sell out fast, like everything the Duchess touches.

The Fresh Foam Cruz V2 makes for the perfect travel sneaker, since the back of the shoe is foldable, making it easy to pack. But despite its malleable form, it’s still durable enough to go for a jog, run some errands, or even hop into a soccer game. 

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Plus, the light-weight, monochromatic knit shoe looks awesome, whether you’re rushing on the field, as Kate effortlessly proves, or just strolling about.

Kate’s husband, Prince William, joined in on the fun of the day, and he also showed off some sneaker style in a pair of blue and orange Nikes. As the saying goes, a couple that kicks together, sticks together.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US

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As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.