Kick Off Your Spring Racing Look Featuring Diana Ferrari

First time race goer? Need help with what shoes to wear? Want some tips? Well you are in luck!

Diana Ferrari is our Official Womens Footwear Event Partner for 2019 Styles on the Straight and we caught up with Diana Ferrari’s Marketing Coordinator, Olivia Andolfatto to get the latest tips and trends for picking the perfect pair of shoes for your race day look.

Olivia and Marketing Manager Stephanie Jackson will be joining the Styles on the Straight Judging Panel on Stakes Day.

How would you describe the best pair of shoes for the races?

Your shoes should add that finishing touch to your look and pull your whole outfit together. It’s always tempting to go for those sky high stilettos, but they can be a less than ideal option for trackside. Go for something that is comfortable enough to wear all day because you will be on your feet for most of it!

What are the biggest footwear trends this season?

The barely there trend is undeniable however, European summer vibes will also be huge this summer – think espadrilles with lots of rope, canvas and soft leather. From ultra casual flat options to a pair of wedged espadrilles for formal events, it really is the all occasion trend.

With colour blocking taking centre stage this season, why should your shoes be an exception? Ultra bright shoes will be making their way into every wardrobe this season – our top colour picks are yellow, blue or orange!

If you were attending the races would you choose your shoes based on style or comfort?

You shouldn’t have to choose one! There are so many comfortable shoe options around which don’t compromise style. My top tip would be to look for good quality leather or leather lined shoes and make sure you wear them in a bit before to avoid those race day blisters!

What are your styling tips for a first time race goer?

Check the dress code in advance to avoid making any embarrassing mistakes – All the major events have their own dress codes and traditions.

Keep your look elegant and classy, however,  that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it!

Lastly, It’s not called a fascinator for nothing! Go all out with your headwear and accessories.

What styles are you hoping to see at Styles on the Straight event (if applicable)?

Definitely some more wedges! They are making a massive comeback this season and are perfect for trackside. Not only will they not sink into the grass, but they will keep you comfortable all day and come in so many different heel heights there is a perfect pair for everyone! Go for a neutral/pastel to add that feminine, flirty touch to your oaks days outfits or go big with a bold bright colour for Cup Day .