Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade

One of South Africa’s largest and most anticipated horse racing event, The Vodacom Durban July is less than two weeks away. Hence the importance of finding the perfect outfit, and time is running out.

There are a few ladies who are still running around looking for an outfit, then there are those who are so chilled that they haven’t even started looking for one. 

Those who are organized have their outfit neatly hanging up and ready for the big day. They probably know exactly how they’ll be styling their hair and make up. Accessories are often left for last. 

Finding the right pair of shoes to complete an outfit to any horse racing or polo event is the most challenging part!

For those who have ever attended any of these events would know how awkward, painful and simply ridiculous it looks when watching women try to walk across gravel paths or even worse so, large grassy areas (which makes up most of the area) in high heels.

Before I get into what shoes to wear, let me point out the obvious. Do NOT wear stilettos or high heels ladies.  If you really need to wear a heel, opt for a medium high heel.

Having pointed that out, here are a few ideas on what shoes to consider to prevent spraining an ankle or taking a tumble in your designer outfit.

Fancy jewelled sandals - Jewelled sandals are glamorous and most importantly comfortable. The only disadvantage of wearing sandals is the dust. Dusty toes are not very attractive, even if they are pedicured.

Embellished sandals (Mr Price)

Block heels - Block heels are an amazing alternative to other heels. They are comfortable and come in wide variety of designs. From strappy or lace-up to slingbacks and whatever height you prefer.

Block heel. (from Superbalist)

Wedge heels - Wedges are a chuckier alternative to the block heel. If you want height with absolute comfort, then wedges are for you.

Strappy wedge shoes. (Madison, Superbalist)

Brogues - These might be a bit masculine for some ladies but if you’re wearing a pants suite they can work really well. They might be a shoe to consider if you're wearing a full skirt or dress as well. Brogues are now available dressy metallics and patent leather. 

Brogues. (Woolworths)