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Kate Middleton Judging Shoe Design Competition

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/27/2012 4:03 pm Updated: 02/27/2012 4:10 pm

It seems like everyone and her mother is a fashion judge these days (seriously, don't get us started on Kelly Osbourne...).

So it was only a matter of time until Kate Middleton, idolized for her sheer tights, solid-colored dresses and impossibly shiny hair, got to do some fashion judging herself.

People StyleWatch writes that while on an upcoming visit to De Montfort University in Leicester, England, the duchess will judge a design competition between six students in the footwear program. While on the visit, Catherine and Prince William will also attend showcases of four students' fashion collections.

It's a big deal, of course, for the winning student to have his or her vision endorsed by the royal. But we're currently a bit nervous for the designers, whose ideas sound a bit... eccentric.

Sam Sawkill tells People StyleWatch, "I wanted to make a cool and sexy shoe for a formal occasion." Summer Spencer's design involved tartan. Becka Hunt "was inspired by 19th-century fashions" and Tabitha Duffield is planning on incorporating pink leather. (See all the sketches here.)

Newsflash, kids: Kate loves her nude L. K. Bennetts and navy Manolo Blahniks with the occasional brown bootie and wellie thrown in for good measure. This is not the time to go all "art school" on us.

Unless Kate's obligated to wear the winning shoe. That we'd love to see.

Read more at People.com.

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A look back at a year of Catherine outfits:
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  • February 2011 in a Katherine Hooker coat and Aquatalia by Marvin K. boots

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  • February 2011 in a Kiki McDonough skirt suit

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  • February 2011

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  • March 2011 in a Burberry coat

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  • April 2011 in an Amanda Wakeley skirt suit

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  • April 2011 in a Zara dress with LK Bennett wedges

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  • April 2011 in her Alexander McQueen wedding dress

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  • April 2011 in a cardigan and gown by Alexander McQueen

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  • May 2011 in a Reiss dress and Anya Hindmarch clutch

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  • June 2011 in a Reiss dress and Joseph tweed jacket

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  • June 2011 in a Jenny Packham dress and Prada clutch

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  • June 2011 in an Alexander McQueen coat

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  • June 2011

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  • June 2011 in an Alexander McQueen double breasted coat

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  • June 2011 in a Temperley London dress

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  • June 2011 in a Roland Mouret dress and Mulberry bag

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  • June 2011 in a Katherine Hooker jacket and dress

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  • June 2011 in an Erdem dress

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  • July 2011 in a Reiss dress

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  • July 2011 in an Issa dress

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  • July 2011 in a Catherine Walker dress

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  • July 2011 in an Erdem dress

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  • July 2011 in an Alexander McQueen dress

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  • July 2011 in a Nike jacket

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  • July 2011 in a By Malene Birger dress

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  • July 2011 in J Brand skinny jeans

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  • July 2011 in J Brand jeans and Smythe blazer

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  • July 2011 in a Jenny Packham dress

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  • July 2011 in a Catherine Walker coatdress

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  • July 2011 in a dress by Roksanda Ilincic

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  • July 2011 in a Diane von Furstenberg dress

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  • July 2011 in a Alice by Temperley blouse and Goldsign jeans

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  • July 2011 in an Alexander McQueen gown with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch

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  • July 2011 in a skirt and top by Whistles

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  • July 2011 in a Joseph dress

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  • July 2011 in a silk dress by Jenny Packham

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  • August 2011 in an Alexander McQueen ensemble

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  • September 2011 in a dress by Amanda Wakeley

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  • October 2011 in a Beulah London dress

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  • November 2011 in a Jenny Packham gown

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  • November 2011 in a Jane Corbett hat and Diane Von Furstenberg coat

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  • November 2011 in a coat by LK Bennett

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  • December 2011 in a Zara dress and Ralph Lauren jacket

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