Anyone who’s been to a concert knows that if you have on the wrong shoes, you’re toast. You’re probably going to be walking a lot (why are the parking lots always so far away?), not to mention standing a lot, so you want something comfortable. Plus, as with any crowded place where there are beverages present, you don’t want your pristine suede boots or white sneakers to become a casualty of the fun event. And last but certainly not least, you want stylish shoes to go with your equally stylish outfit. What’s a showgoer to do given these footwear limitations? Not to worry—we found the best shoes to wear to a concert, all of which will see you through from opening act to encore (without crippling you or getting ruined in the process) and all are versatile enough to wear to any concert venue.
Read on to find out what the best concert shoes are so you can be the best-dressed fan at the show.
Block-Heel Ankle Boots
Block-heel ankle boots are not only cool and classic, but they’re also sturdy and stable enough to see you through a long night on your feet. Additionally, they’re a perfect option for those who love to wear heels. Just make sure the heel isn’t too high and avoid ones made out of suede (because, spills).
Available in sizes 5 to 11.5.
High-top sneakers are a great choice if you’re going for a casual vibe or want to add a streetwear edge to your look. Bonus: It doesn’t get more comfortable than this style. Celebs love to make theirs look effortless by tying the laces halfway up, allowing the tops of the shoes to hang loose.
Available in sizes 6 to 12.
Flats are clearly comfortable, but you may want something a little more festive than your everyday pair for a concert, so we suggest something metallic, embellished, and/or strappy.
Flat Lace-Up Boots
A fun look to channel for a concert is a ’90s grunge one, and the perfect shoes to do so are flat lace-up ankle boots. This moto-inspired style is a celeb favorite, so retailers are stocked with them. Bonus: These boots were made for walking.
Low-Heel Ankle-Strap Sandals
It’s understandable that you may not want your feet covered up in the warmer months. Our suggestion? Wear a pair of low-heeled ankle-strap sandals. The ankle straps will provide stability, and the walkable heels make them a little dressier.
The easiest of sneaker styles lends skater vibes and a casual-cool touch to any look—perfect for a concert. Try them with a midi dress for an outfit that’s perfect for an outdoor summer concert.
Platform wedges are having a moment, and a concert is a great opportunity to take the ’90s throwback look out for a spin. They’ll give you a boost without the wobbly effect of heels, and we love them with cropped denim flares.
Next up, outfit ideas for every type of concert.
Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.
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