Do you need wellies for Glastonbury?
Should you take hiking boots instead?
Or would you rather go for fashion?
– Thanks for the Flickr pic Kagey_b
Number one rule of Glastonbury: your feet need to be comfortable. You will be walking miles. Miles and miles. You need to choose the best footwear for Glastonbury so you don’t end up blistered, moaning and just generally totally annoying to your friends. No one wants to be ‘accidentally’ lost when they pop to the toilet, do they?
So, Glastonbury footwear. You need to ask yourself, what would you rather walk ten miles in the mud in?
Wellies, Hiking Boots… or Other?
Glastonbury footwear: wellies
Wellies are the obvious choice when the famous Glastonbury mud reaches three inches thick. You need that extra length to keep the squelch from getting near your toes. It’s not about having trenchfoot at a festival.
I guarantee as soon as you enter the Glastonbury field you’ll see about 100 people in Hunter wellies.
When I went to Glastonbury in 2012, wellies were an absolute necessity for the first two days. But, all around me people were losing their wellies to the mud suction. I can vividly remember my ex boyfriend losing one of his and then just stood there like a desperate flamingo unable to move, until I pulled it out for him to tread in (shouldn’ta bothered, lolz).
So, wellies are great for thick mud, but they’re also harder to keep on your feet when the sucky mud pulls them down. You can get round that with some well fitting wellies, or ones with laces, like these. I’ve bought these ones from ASOS – which I’m going to finally decide on when I see the weather forecast – and if the mud comes higher than that? Well, I’ll just take them off. Or maybe take some selotape to put round the top?
Personally I won’t be taking any full size wellies. I don’t have any that are broken in, they’re heavier to walk in, they chafe on the top of your toes and where they push against your leg with every step round the top, and they’re bloody heavy to carry if you don’t end up using them.
The ones I wore in 2012 were just black Dunlop ones that I bought on site from one of the Glastonbury footwear shops. Don’t remember how much I paid but I’m sure that seeing as I only had trainers they were worth every penny.
Glastonbury footwear: hiking boots
I love wearing hiking boots. I lived in them when I went to Tanzania, while everyone else was in trainers, leading me to get the nickname SpyGirl. That was also cos they knew I was a blogger though – mix of the two. Anyway I’ll wear hiking boots at any opportunity, they’re so comfy, make me feel like I’m going on an adventure and they’re sturdy as.
The hiking boots I have at the moment are just from Sports Direct – think they were about £30. Oh look the same ones are on Amazon for £28 ^. When I was buying them my friend told the sales assistant I was off to the Costa Rican jungle on assignment, which I kind of was, and the sales assistant was super impressed. I felt like Indiana Jones, or female equivalent.
Anyway, you can get hiking boots for cheap – try TK Maxx, Amazon or the sales area at Millets et al.
Search hiking boots on Amazon
I like hiking boots for festivals because they’re easier to manoeuvre, easy to carry (if you don’t wear them on the way, which I’d recommend) and they’re very comfy. They’re better than trainers because they’re more resistant to the elements – rain, hard ground, rough terrain, festival toilets – and I feel like they give you energy, like you’re ready for action, rather than that laden down feeling of wellies. I’ll be taking mine.
Glastonbury footwear: fashion
Shop the boots at New Look
Most of the festival fashion pics you see will feature some sort of black, slightly heeled boots – all for it, if they’re comfy. I wore black heeled boots to Wilderness Festival, some awesome ones, but despite it being dry and sunny for the festival they were ruined by the time I got home.
I won’t be chancing it with ‘fashion’ footwear this year. I don’t have any that are broken in and I wouldn’t mind ruining right now, I don’t want to wear trainers and I’m just happy with my hiking boots.
Mid-sleep toilet emergencies
Shop sliders at Amazon
I will be taking a pair of sliders for emergency toilet runs at night though. I plan on sleeping in socks so flipflops just aren’t practical and it can take too long to get your boots on properly when you want to dash out quickly. I got mine from Primarni.
What if it’s sunny?
Shop flipflops on Amazon
Of course I’ll be taking a pair of flip flops too. Despite needing wellies for the first two days of 2012 Glastonbury, for the next few it was boiling hawt. Got to be prepared.
Footwear for Glastonbury:
Wellies, Hiking Boots… or Other?
I think your Glastonbury footwear choice depends on what kind of festival goer you are. If you just want to stand around looking fabulous, you can wear the kind of festival footwear that lets you stand around looking fabulous. If you want to get stuck into moshpits, everything the festival has to offer and not to have to trudge back to your tent to change when they hurt / it gets too hot / too cold, then I’d say it’s a toss up between wellies and hiking boots.
Or you could, like my friend and I did for Global Gathering one year, just go barefoot. Although for Glastonbury I’d say that’s a bloody stupid idea.