The Festival Feet Survival Guide
With this year’s festival season hotting up, we are excited to hear some of the much anticipated musical line ups across the calendar year. Aside from the music, it’s also hard to deny that festivals provide some of the best opportunities for bold and daring fashion statements. Each year festival goers get more and more daring, whether we are talking Glastonbury, Bestival, V-Festival or one of a whole host of other more intimate localised festival, there is no time like a crazy weekend of camping and mud to make the boldest of fashion statements.
With a weekend of endless dancing, walking and the risk/almost certainty of the standard unpredictable muddy weather, how do you dive foot first into your festival whilst looking out for your feet?
Before you head straight for the closest pair of welly boots, here is our ultimate foot survival guide.
Choosing your shoes
The tendency when it comes to a festival is to head for your favourite pair of Wellington Boots, and why wouldn’t you? They are fashionable and great for even the muddiest of terrains.
If the wellington is your shoe of choice our recommendation is to opt for something higher quality and to avoid cheaper alternatives on the market that are made with lower quality plastics. Also, longer socks and even socks that come over the top of the boot are often a good option, especially if you are wearing skirts or shorts as this can prevent any rubbing or blistering which can occur if wearing any shoe for prolonged periods of time.
Aside from the trusty wellington, there are also a whole host of great options when it comes to survival at a festival. Our top pick from the Chatham range are the Grampian boot for men and Teign casual lined boots for Women.
These boots are not only waterproof, but also made with high quality leather which will allow your feet to breath, giving your feet a better chance of survival than any Welly Boot alternative.
For all the doom and gloom and concerns that your festival weekend will be made up of copious amounts of rain and mud, there is of course also the chance that you could have a sun filled weekend and opportunities to stray from the heavy boots and opt for something a little lighter and more fun. A pair of stylish boat shoes could be just what you need, made with high quality leather and available in a range of eye-catching and unique shades.
If you have managed to stumble upon the more glamourous side of the Great British summer, then a pair of casual flip-flops may be the go to answer for ambling around before the main gig starts, you can then slip into your more hardwearing boots to stop others from trampling on your toes.
Cleaning Your Shoes
Your festival weekend should never mark the end for your shoes and instead should be the start of more festivals to come. The key is the right cleaning and care for your shoes post festival.
Of course if you choose to go for a waterproof boot or a welly the first stage of cleaning is a wash under the hose pipe, select cold water as this will not damage the raw materials and be careful to keep the water out of the lining and the shoe interiors. If you are cleaning a leather boot the next stage is to select a quality shoe polish in the appropriate colour.
With leather shoes, it is important to take care of the material to preserve them for years to come. With our luxury shoe care kit, you can keep your favourite pair of shoes perfect for festival after festival and looking brand new.