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Footwear students compete to design Kate Middleton's shoes

The Duchess of Cambridge will select her favourite footwear from six designs by students at De Montford University, who have been shortlisted to create a pair of shoes for the Duchess.

The Duchess, who is visiting the city with the Queen to mark the start of the Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK, will select the winning design when she visits the university the next week and have it made into a pair of shoes for her.

Six students on the footwear design degree course at the Leicester-based university have been shortlisted by lecturers from more than 100 applicants to have their designs made into a pair of shoes for the Duchess.

Kevin Guildford, head of De Montford University footwear degree, said: “It’s the most fabulous opportunity for the students who couldn’t hope for a bigger fashion icon to endorse their designs. Whoever wins is bound to be starting a brilliant career.”

The Duchess of Cambridge was honoured in Drapers’ Power List 2011 for her support of UK fashion last December. Her preference for high street names such as LK Bennett and Hobbs has led to items selling out in hours, with her influence being dubbed “the Kate effect”.

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