Festival-ready sneakers

3 functional pairs that don’t mind getting dirty

festival footwear

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A season of loud music, camping without the right equipment and rubbing shoulders with strangers in a field somewhere is almost upon us once again. That means breaking out that go-to pair of shoes reserved for constant walking, dancing and stumbling through dust and mud. If your previously-favoured pair didn’t survive their last adventure or you’re making your festival debut, we broke down some favourites that should serve you for years to come.

Vans SK8-Hi

Festival footwear: VANS

If they’re good enough for the skaters, they’re good enough for your festival foray. Don't tell them we said that though. Only your parents could support your ankles more than the high-top design does, which makes them ideal for the dancefloor. The primary colouring won’t be depreciated by any dust and these are the sort of shoes that look best once they’ve been worn in, so you can take to any occasion with reckless abandon.

adidas Originals Campus

Festival footwear: adidas

These are the ideal solution if you need to add a little colour to your festival look. If you’re wearing shorts, the low-top design should be your preferred option, plus they’re extra comfortable, so trekking to and from your tent should be a breeze. The off-white sole ensures that a little dust isn’t going to be a detriment to the style. To top it off, they’re vibrant enough to add intrigue to those all-comfort outfits you’re usually sporting at a festival.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

Festival footwear: Converse

To say these have stood the test of time is a bit of an understatement – Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in a pair. Rest assured that you’ll get many wears out of these beyond the festival circuit. They look just as good with shorts as they do with long pants, while their monochrome tones make them versatile enough to complement whatever outfits you take along with you. As a bonus, they also fall into that category of shoes that look better the more you wear them.

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