The Top 10 Dos and Don’ts of Festival Footwear

Festival season is in full swing and how about this weather?! If you’ve got tickets to your favourite festival this year you’ll no doubt be thinking about what to take with you in terms of clothes and festival shoes.

Those of you who have been to festivals before will have the benefit of those past experiences and fashion lessons learned. But, for those of you who are eagerly anticipating your first foray into festival culture, we’ve got some top dos and don’ts of festival shoes to keep you from making any of the big mistakes:


Consider the weather and location

This might sound like an obvious one, but it’s also one of the most important. Festivals can be totally different experiences depending on the location and the time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast during the week running up to the festival and be ready to change your festival shoes options at a moment’s notice.

You should also do a bit of research on the type of ground the festival is set on. Fields can get muddy, beaches can get hot and street festivals can be hard on the feet, so you’ll need to adjust your footwear choices accordingly.

Take multiple pairs if you can

We’re not suggesting you take 10 pairs of shoes to a festival; we’re not even suggesting you take five, but it’s still good to have options, particularly for the longer festivals. For example, if you’re taking wellies it can be nice to have a pair of lightweight comfortable loafers, sandals or canvas plimsolls to give your feet a bit of a breather while you’re not watching performances. Variety is the spice of life, after all; though more often than not it’s just plain necessary.

Take welly socks

If you’re going to a muddy field festival and know you’re going to be in wellies and shorts most of the time, welly socks are an absolute must if you want to avoid ‘Welly Leg’. Welly Leg is the very unofficial term to describe the highly uncomfortable chafing that occurs when the tops of your wellies rub against your calves. It feels bad and it looks bad, so invest in some long, substantial socks that come up past the top of your wellies to keep your legs protected.  

Go for something sturdy

Most festivals are heavy-going on your footwear, even if the weather is kind, so we recommend choosing something sturdy and strong to take the brunt of the wear. Leather is always a good choice as it’s strong, comfortable and easy to clean, but plastic and rubber are also good choices.

Break out the prints

It is summer after all, so why not tell your footwear? Yes your festival shoes need to be sturdy and reliable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t reflect the fun and creativity of the festival itself. Keep an eye out for bright colours and prints when you go festival footwear shopping and make your feet stand out from the thousands of other festival-goers around you.



Take your heels

It doesn’t matter what type of festival you’re going to; heels are never a good idea. Even if you practically live in your stilettos we can guarantee you’ll regret wearing them within the first hour of being on your feet and traversing uneven ground. Leave your heels at home; you and your feet will be happier for it.

Take your favourite shoes

We’ve all got that one pair of special shoes that we would never take off if we could get away with it. Do not take these to a festival. No matter how much you love them, the festival will not love them back. Even if you’re lucky enough not to be met with a mud bath, festivals are full of other shoe-damaging hazards (spilled drinks, burger sauce and other people’s stompy feet, to name a few) that can ruin your favourite footwear forever.

Wear white

Following on from our last point and bearing in mind all those classic festival stain hazards, wearing white shoes is rarely a good idea at a festival. Granted, a pair of bright white plimsolls or trainers with your favourite shorts and skirts looks incredible and right on trend, but fast forward by a few hours and your glam whites are likely looking a bit sorry for themselves. Stick to the darker colours; it’s much safer.

Leave your toes exposed

Festival crowds are fast-paced and stompy, so they are no place to be wandering around with your toes out and unprotected. It’s a frustrating one, especially if you’re blessed with glorious sunny weather, but a stomp on the toes from a heavy boot-clad foot is enough to ruin the entire festival for you, so keep them covered up with strong, sturdy footwear when you’re in the thick of it. Take some sandals, by all means, but keep them reserved for the time spent in the campsite or away from the main crowds to avoid unwelcome accidents.

Put fashion over function

Festivals and fashion go hand in hand, but when it comes to your footwear you need to put comfort first. If you love a certain style but you know that they tend to rub and give you blisters, avoid them at all costs. If you know that certain styles are too narrow or pinch in the wrong places, leave them at home. You’ll be on your feet an awful lot throughout the day or weekend, so make sure you pick some comfortable festival shoes you can rely on.

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