Ace the Races

With the Grand National at Aintree next week and Royal Ascot in June, race season is in full-swing. If you’ve got a ticket to the races, you’ll no doubt have already started planning your wardrobe – let’s be honest, getting the chance to seriously dress up for the day is more exciting than the race itself, right? Generally speaking, race day footwear falls into two camps – practical (but, we hasten to add, still very chic) or all-out glamorous – and we’ve got styles to suit either MO…

First things first, we know there’s nothing sexy about the word practical, but it really is something to bear in mind when it comes to choosing your race day shoes. You will be on your feet all day, and soft grass and stiletto heels are not happy bedfellows. Save your feet by opting for standout flats and wedges instead. Naturally, flats win out on the comfort front, just make sure there are luxe textures and decadent details aplenty. Kurt Geiger London’s Kingly Mary Janes and Pia mules are suitably opulent and work with mini, midi and maxi hemlines alike.

Not only do they alleviate the aforementioned grass issue, wedges add height without sacrificing comfort and will see you right through summer. Gold studs elevate the classic cork soles on Carvela’s Karoline and Kissmee. If co-ordination is your thing, pair the floral Kissmee with the matching Alice clutch, or try tan for a go-with-everything option.

Heels non-negotiable? All is not lost. The block heel has become a go-to thanks to its wear 24/7 potential. Carvela’s Gigi comes in an array of race day-ready options, from sleek tan suede to plush blue satin, while Grappa’s asymmetric cut puts a directional twist on spring’s must-have mule. Sculptural heels are another huge detail this season – enter Kurt Geiger London’s Hays. The best thing about block heels is they look as good with daytime denim as your race day finery.  Complete your race day look with a sleek clutch – the Kurt Geiger Party Envelope is guaranteed to draw admiring glances and comes with a hidden chain strap to leave your hands free for a champagne or two.

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