Are you Ascot ready? Choosing the right shoes for an outdoor event

Rachel Simpson

Posted on June 09 2021

Are you Ascot ready? Choosing the right shoes for an outdoor event


Rather excitingly, Royal Ascot have confirmed that they are officially open for business this year. Royal Ascot 2021 will form part of the second phase of the Government's Events Research Programme, and has a capacity of 12,000 guests on each of its five days from the 15th to the 19th June.

Unsurprisingly tickets have now sold out, but you can still join in the celebrations from the comfort of your own home. So why not get the champagne on ice, dust off your finest summer outfit to dress up in, and watch the one of the world's most famous race days? 

Whether you're attending Royal Ascot Ladies' Day in person, or are watching from your own sunny back garden it's important to choose the most suitable heels for the occasion. We've put together four different heels to show you how you can style the right one for you.

The Block Heel

Let's start with the ever dependable block heel. With a thicker heel base than a more class style heel, the increased surface area means you won't sink into the grass at an outdoor event. Block heels are perfect if you're not a seasoned heel wearer, but want a bit of height nonetheless. 

Look out for styles with an ankle strap too, which give you a bit of added security than a standard, strapless pump or court shoe. Of course your shoes still need to be a talking point, so go for a style with plenty of gorgeous detailing!

Block heel shoes for Ascot

The Classic Heel

Although people often think you can't wear a more classic, slim heel outdoors, it may surprise you to hear that this is not necessarily the case. Whilst block heels are the obvious choice, the good news is you can still wear pretty much any heel on a grass surface thanks to the magic of Clean Heels!

Clean Heels are clear plastic heel protectors which slip onto slim heels in seconds. Not only do they protect the heels of your shoes from dirt and damage, they also act to increase the surface area of the heel, thus preventing you from sinking into soft grass- magic! Each pair of Clean Heels comes in a small organza bag so you can easily carry them in your handbag and just pop them on and off as needed throughout the day.

All our handbags are the perfect size to hold your Clean Heels, as well as your other essentials for Race Day!

Classic shoes for Royal Ascot

The Midi Heel

Just as Clean Heels are great for our most classic style heels, they're also perfect for more of a midi height heel. Again, simply slip them on before you venture onto the soft grass and let them do all the work- giving you more support, preventing sinking and protecting your heels from dirt and damage. 

Midi heels are ideal if you want to feel the elegance that a heel gives you, but aren't used to a high version and want to make sure you're comfy all day long. Race Days are fun but can be long, and the last thing you want to be thinking about is being comfy on your feet- save those little grey cells for deciding which is the winning horse to back!

Midi heel shoes for Royal Ascot

The Elegant Flat

Gone are the days when flat shoes were reserved for casual occasions and popping to the supermarket- nowadays they can be just as glam as their heeled counterparts. Here at RS we love a stunning flat and when they're beautifully designed they're just as suitable for a day at the races. 

If you do choose flats for your Royal Ascot look, just make sure you're feet are Summer ready and you've treated them to a nice bright pedicure before the big day. You tend to see a bit more foot with a pair of flats, as opposed to a heel because of the angle of your feet, so you want to make sure they're in tip top condition. Have fun with a bright coral or classic red for maximum impact.

Flat shoes for Royal Ascot

To find your perfect shoes for Royal Ascot, click here to view our full collection. We'd love to see how you style yours for Ladies Day- why not send us a photo? 

You can also click here to find out more about this year's Royal Ascot.

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