We love to style our customers for Royal Ascot. And one of the questions we come across most often is - what shoes should I wear to Ascot?

This clearly depends in lots of ways on the Ascot dress you end up selecting. But there are certainly a couple of style rules of thumb we would follow when it comes to a day at Royal Ascot. And it’s all about comfort.

Although 6-inch stilettos look fabulous with your outfit in the mirror, they might not be quite so practical. If the thought of sore feet fills you with dread, these are the shoe styles we would recommend for a day at the races.

Kitten Heels

Kitten heels have made a comeback. They’re back in style and for good reason. We suddenly realised that they’re incredibly comfortable.

If you’re not sure about this trend, look out for pointed sling-backs. This work beautifully with midi skirts and dresses. Minimal and strappy is also very on-trend.


Wedges are always a wise choice. They spread the surface area of your body weight which puts less pressure on the balls of your feet where the pain is usually worse.

For a modern look, you could also try a pair of flatforms, which is a flatter wedge with some height.

Chunky Heels

Forgo the stiletto and opt for chunky heels instead. These again put less pressure on your feet and ankles and give you much more support long-term.

Pointed Pumps

If you’re not a heels gal, that’s fine. Flats can work, just choose a chic and stylish option so that they don’t let your look down.

The most flattering flats you could choose are pointed ballerina flats. They elongate your legs just like pointed heels, giving you all the comfort you need.

What Other Accessories To Wear For Ascot

Shoes are arguably your most important accessory when it comes to Ascot. They will determine your comfort with a long day on your feet. Plus, shoes really do pull an outfit together. However, remember to save time to think about your other accessories too.

At Royal Ascot, a hat, fascinator or headpiece is part of the official dress code. And in some enclosures – a certain size headpiece is mandatory. Opt for a hue that complements and coordinates with the colour of your outfit. Or choose something that completely contrasts. For example, black and white or navy and coral.

Your bag of choice needs to be the perfect size for race day. It needs to be big enough to carry your daily essentials but as small as possible otherwise. An oversized bag at Ascot is never a good look. Try to take a minimal selection of makeup and beauty tools with you so that a small shoulder bag or clutch will suffice.

Style and comfort need to play equal roles when it comes to deciding what to wear to Ascot.

Although looking great and feeling your best is important, if you can’t last all day in your shoes, you’ll regret your choice. Opt for lower heels, chunkier heels, wedges or even flats for ultimate comfort.

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