From the late Queen Elizabeth II’s colorful dresses and hats to Princess Diana’s “revenge” little black dress, the Royals have been a fashion inspiration for decades. In particular, Princess Diana had some of the most daring looks, which helped her rise through the ranks as a fashion icon and global phenomenon. Of all Princess Diana’s outfits, her athleisurewear looks were the most notable, not only catching the attention of the paparazzi, but also the admiration of the public. And now they live on forever in memes, fashion accounts, and in our hearts (obviously).
And all for good reason: she was a pro at pairing stylish yet comfortable clothes with functional shoes, and it was not uncommon to see her sporting an oversized sweatshirt, a pair of neon biker shorts (aka , the Princess Diana™ uniform), and her favorite pair of kicks, which were usually sneakers or high-tops. Best of all, sneakers are a year-round staple, even when the weather gets cooler and cooler. Goodbye sandals, hello Princess Diana-approved kicks!
To help you recreate some of her regal looks, we’ve rounded up six of the Princess of Wales’ favorite sneakers that will take you back to the mid-90s.
New Balance, 990v5 Core sneakers made in the USA – $185.00
It wasn’t uncommon to see Princess Diana in dad shoes, and this modern pair will have you recreating some of her most notable looks from the ’90s. Why do we love it? The New Balance 990v5 combines performance and style with its firm, cushioned midsole, providing all-day support. The shoe features a dense foam collar to cradle the ankle and a mesh upper for breathability (no more sweaty feet). Pair it with neon biker shorts and an oversized sweatshirt to recreate Diana’s most iconic look.
Reebox, Freestyle Hi Shoes — $75.00
High-top trainers were another Princess of Wales favourite, and these Freestyle Hi shoes have it all. These retro sneakers feature a sparkling upper reminiscent of Princess Diana’s athletic shoes and a cushioned sole for ultimate comfort. The leather upper wraps around the entire shoe, giving a clean look while pairing well with activewear or a sporty dress. It’s available in black, white, and five other fun colors: hot pink, lime green, purple, red, and neon orange.
Reebok, SP Classic Vegan Shoes — $85.00
Another comfortable and fashionable trainer, the Classic Vegan trainers from Reebok are versatile and minimalist in style. They’re made with a lightweight midsole and rubber outsole for comfort and grip, and go with everything from straight jeans to biker shorts to hoodies.
New Balance, 530 sneakers — $85.00
Thick and thick sole. Mesh upper. Absurdly comfortable. The 530 sneakers are the ultimate dad sneakers that are not only Princess Di approved, but are a total workhorse when it comes to runs. Breathable mesh keeps moisture and sweat at bay while silver and white metallic overlays keep your feet cool and elevated.
Adidas, Forum Mid Shoes — $110.00
Another high-end option, the Forums mimic the kicks of one of Diana’s most iconic looks: a navy Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt, neon orange biker shorts and calf-length socks. Much like the shoes in its fit, the Forums feature black accents and a mid-rise waist. The removable crossover strap keeps your ankles securely in place and the coated leather exterior gives your outfits a luxurious look. It’s a shoe of pure class, just like the princess herself.
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