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Meghan Markle went against royal protocol (again), and it was great

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Meghan and Harry’s Australian tour is proving a smash hit in style and substance. 

Meghan and Harry don’t like to stick with tradition or royal protocol for that matter, and we love it. When Meghan is told to wear tights she goes bare-legged, and when Harry is supposed to only accept a handshake from excited royal fans he lets a little boy stroke his beard and pat his head. Meghan and Harry are bringing the royal family well into 2018 and now Meghan has just done another royal first by wearing this trainer brand on her first royal tour. 

It turns out the general public’s desire for white trainers even stretches to royalty. Like most of Meghan’s wardrobe the shoes go beyond just sartorial good choice. Instead the Duchess of Sussex opted for eco-friendly trainer brand, Veja.

Veja, has been heating up on the fashion barometer for some time with fashion insiders and street stylers favouring the vegan trainers as their shoe du jour. The brand, founded in 2005, prides itself on its ethical and sustainable ethos: “Environmentally friendly sneakers, made with raw materials sourced from organic farming and ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes.” 

Kate Middleton and even Princess Diana had previously also broken royal protocol by sporting trainers, both opting for a more traditional style by way of Superga trainers. Meghan, in contrast, is championing a new wave of athleisure, and one with a meaning behind it.

The Veja trainers, which are made in Brazil, are the V-10 Leather Extra White Black version are made from vegetable leather and are priced at £115.

Make like Meghan and pairs yours with black denim and a new fashion favourite, the anorak or team with a long-line floral printed dress.

Shop our edit of our the best eco-friendly trainers.  

Veja’s v-10 trainers as sported by Meghan herself. 

£115, Veja at net-a-porter.com

Allbirds is the sustainable brand on industry insider’s lips now, known for their fuss-free design maximum comfort. 

£95, allbirds.co.uk

High performance running shoes made from sustainable fabrics, what more could you want? Adidas have teamed up with Parley to create these trainers made from recycled plastics. 

£159.95, Ultra Boost Parley shoes at adidas.co.uk

Stella McCartney is getting on board with the sock-trainer trend that we are seeing infiltrate a/w 2018. Crafted from eco-rubber these trainers are’n’t glued together like most which makes them easier to recycle. 

£485, Stella McCartney at matchesfashion.com

The People’s Movement is a brand that focuses on a shift away from single use plastic and work closely with 5 Gyres which aims to dramatically reduce ocean waste. 

£53, thepeoplesmovement.com

Images: Getty / Instagram 

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