From Kate Middleton to Emma Watson—These Classic Trainers Are Beloved by All

When Emma Watson and Meghan Markle wore a pair of trainers by the conscious French brand Veja, it quickly became one of the most talked-about sneaker brands in the UK. The classic white basket sneaks (made from recycled plastic bottles and wild rubber) feature the distinctive V logo in varying colours on each side.  Kate Middleton has also given her seal of approval, so prepare for these sneakers to get even more popular. 

Veja Trainers: Kate Middleton wearing Veja trainers with blue jeans, black blazer and striped top


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Kate Middleton wearing Veja trainers.

Emma Watson first wore the trainers back in October 2016, but it wasn't until 2018 when Meghan wore them that the seemingly simple lace-ups started gaining such widespread popularity. And with the Duchess of Cambridge having worn them in 2021, their popularity is set to continue. Much like other classic trainers (think Converse and Vans), these have rapidly become a staple for when you need a comfortable yet stylish pair of shoes. Plus, these sneakers are so minimalist in design that they work with every type of ensemble—from midi dresses to straight-leg jeans.

Veja Trainers: Kate Middleton wearing Veja trainers with blue jeans, black blazer and striped top


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Kate Middleton wearing Veja trainers.

The Veja V-10 leather trainers arrived on Net-a-Porter in early 2017 and became the second and third best-selling pieces globally (only beaten out by a Gucci T-shirt) the same week they launched. Now, I spot these trainers constantly on Instagram, as they seem to have become the most popular sneakers to own.

And if that's not enough to make you want a pair, then you might change your mind after scrolling our edit of the best Veja trainers. Plus, there's even a guide to how fashion girls are wearing theirs for outfit inspiration.


Veja Trainers: Aïda of Basics Touch wearing Veja trainers with a black puffer coat and a pair of black trousers



The ideal accompaniment to puffer coats. 

Veja Trainers: Alice Catherine's pink, white and ecru veja sneakers



You needn't stick to all white—this pastel pair is also perfect. 

Veja Trainers: Eunice Abe wearing a pair of veja trainers with white jeans and a brown top



Don't they look great with white jeans? 

Veja Trainers: Meghan Markle wearing veja trainers while on a boat with Prince Harry


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Meghan Markle wore her Vejas with black skinny jeans, so now, we want to wear our Vejas with black skinny jeans. 

See? We told you they look great with dresses. 

We didn't think we'd be into the tan versions as much as we are, and that's all thanks to Ellie Delphine's stylish ensemble. 


You can never go wrong with monochrome. 

Trainers you'll wear with every outfit. 

If you like your trainers on the pretty side. 

An evergreen update on the brand's classic Esplar kicks. 

The Veja that started the obsession—the Campo. 

These will look so chic paired with white jeans and a camel-coloured knit. 

The Dekkan taps into the athleisure trend perfectly.  

Pastel shades are ideal for the upcoming spring season. 

We're not always into coloured trainers, but the muted tones in this pair are right up our street. 

If, however, you love saturated shades, consider investing in this neon-flash pair. 

It seems fitting to finish on another Veja OG—the V-10. 

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up, these are the biggest spring/summer 2022 fashion trends to know.

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