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Kate Middleton
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It is peak Amal Clooney boot season. If you're not sure what constitutes an Amal Clooney boot, it's simply a classic knee-high black boot. It's undoubtedly a wardrobe staple, but with statement shoes having a major moment in 2022, the standby style has been gathering dust in our closets. But leave it to celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski and Kate Middleton to make us want to break out our go-to pair again and wear it with absolutely everything.

Middleton recently wore a pair of black knee-high boots with a bold Derek Lam cheetah-print maxi dress and a Ba&Sh belt. The belt took us by surprise — not only because it's the exact belt featured in our recent collaboration with Ba&Sh in a different color, but also because it's styled in a bit of a throwback way. With low-rise pants seriously happening thanks to pioneers like Julia Fox, belts aren't really a big thing right now.

But like black boots, belts are a staple, and Middleton shows exactly how (and why) to wear them both at once. When worn with a dress that doesn't necessarily need it, like Middleton's, belts add a bit of flattering oomph to an otherwise subtle outfit. Naturally, black boots are a great way to anchor the look.

Our take on Middleton's Betty Belt comes in cheetah print, which means it'll instantly make any look a vibe. In line with the Y2K-era fashion resurgence, pattern-clashing with pieces like leopard-print belts are right on trend. And classic black boots? They'll never go out of style — just ask Amal.

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Ba&Sh x InStyle Betty Belt
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$135; ba-sh.com

Ba&Sh x Instyle Fiora Dress
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$182 (Originally $260); ba-sh.com

Ba&Sh x InStyle Talea Blazer
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$375; ba-sh.com

Jeffrey Campbell Arsen Knee High Boot
Shop now: $150 (Originally $200); nordstrom.com

Steve Madden Tava Over the Knee Boot
Shop now: $70 (Originally $135); nordstrom.com

Ganni Recycled Rubber Country Boot
Shop now: $114 (Originally $285); nordstrom.com

Free People Grayson Knee High Boot
Shop now: $298; nordstrom.com

Ugg Harrison Tall Waterproof Boot
Shop now: $190; nordstrom.com

Tory Burch Foul Weather Boot
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$278; nordstrom.com

Schutz Magalli Knee High Boot
Shop now: $238; nordstrom.com

Circus by Sam Edelman Freda Knee High Boot
Shop now: $83 (Originally $140); nordstrom.com

Vince Kady Water Resistant Knee High Boot
Shop now: $357 (Originally $595); nordstrom.com

Aldo Snowpuff Knee High Boot
Shop now: $160; nordstrom.com