What shoes to take to a festival?

The festival footwear guide

Written by Liv Grady

March 11, 2021

girl wearing black boots for a festival

So you have your festival tickets, you’ve been making your playlists and now it’s time to plan your outfits. You’ve probably been browsing co-ords, pinning glitter makeup looks and practising your space buns, but it’s important to remember footwear. If you have never been to a festival before, you probably don’t realise quite how many steps you rack up in a day.

Although you want to spend the 3 day weekend looking your best self, you will soon come to realise that comfort is key, especially if you are camping. Make sure you pack plenty of warm clothes for bed, a waterproof jacket and loads of layers. Even if the weather looks good on the forecast, the temperatures fall really low at night.

Need some more tips on what to pack? Take a look at our festival outfit guide for every weather eventuality or our festival packing guide.

Haven’t managed to bag yourself a festival ticket yet? Take a look at what festivals are on in 2021 and how to bag yourself a ticket.

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Take a look at our ultimate rundown of festival shoes, to ensure that your footwear doesn’t stop you dancing through the night.

Chunky Boots

Wellies seem like the classic option for a festival, but we beg to differ. A comfy pair of chunky boots are the way to go. Opt for a waterproof faux leather look. They go with everything and look cool with all your outfits, from floral dresses to sequin bodysuits. Make sure you break them in first by wearing them around the house. There is nothing worse than a blister at a festival.

Comfy trainers

Take a pair of comfy trainers that you know you can walk miles in. If it hasn’t been raining, trainers are absolutley fine at a festival. Choose some trainers that you don’t mind scuffing up. Even if the weather isn’t bad, chances are that a drink will get spilled on them, someone will stand on your feet or you will encounter a muddy patch. Trainers are also handy for chilling around your tent or walking from your campsite to grab a bit of food or a snack.

Flip flops or sandals

Flip flops might not be the first shoe that comes to mind when packing for a festival, but they are surprisingly useful. If you plan on showering whilst you are there, you will want to wear a pair of sliders or sandals for using the communal showers. They are also handy for slipping on around the camp site or teaming with socks when you are sat by the tent.

Remember to pack lots of thick comfy socks and keep some plasters handy just in case.