By Stacey Leasca
January 11, 2019
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The Kate Middleton effect is real, but if there's one fashion approach Meghan Markle knows best, it’s high-low style. Sure, the Duchess of Sussex is regularly seen in designer duds or custom-made gowns, but she’s also a frequent fan of more affordable accessories. And that includes one sneaker brand you’ll love too.

During her first royal tour, Markle was spotted in a pair of classic black and white VEJA trainers. Though they are cute, they are also made with a lot of thought. As Good Housekeeping noted, the shoe company was founded in 2005 with ethical design and manufacturing in mind. The shoes are constructed with organic cotton made in Brazil and Peru. There, all of the farms are a part of the company’s fair trade practice, meaning VEJA purchases its cotton directly from the farmers to ensure the highest pay possible. The brand then ensures its shoes are made without the use of any toxic elements that could harm the wearer or the environment at large.

Beyond this care, VEJA also employs upcycling practices, using plastic bottles, recycled polyester, and upcycled cotton to create much of the fabric used in the shoe. The company is also animal-friendly, as several styles are made to be 100-percent vegan.

Want to get your hands on a pair? Well, right now you can at Nordstrom. The department store now carries a range of styles. So, what are you waiting for? Check out a few of the Princess-worthy choices below and get shopping.

VEJA Espalar 3-Lock

For a twist on the classic, go for the brand’s Espalar 3-lock, which comes with velcro straps instead of traditional laces. The shoe is also constructed using the fair-trade cotton practices described above.

To buy:, $130

VEJA Holiday Sneaker

For something a bit more fun and festive, look to the brand’s Holiday Sneaker. It comes with the same breathable fabric as the V-12, but has the added benefit of a colorful print that will help any outfit pop.

To buy:, $140


For a more subdued yet still festive look, check out the VEJA V-10 sneaker. It’s subtle enough to wear with anything but comes with just the right pop of gold thanks to the brand’s V logo running down the side.

To buy:, $140


This is the exact pair Meghan wore on her boat ride through Australia. The shoe comes with breathable and waterproof mesh fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.

To buy:, $140

The popular V-12 is currently sold out. A similar model is the Espalar,, $120