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The Keeneland Spring Meet in April is an event steeped in tradition and southern charm. Owners, trainers, riders and fans from all over the world travel to Lexington each year to be a part of this prestigious event. It's a chance to dress up, sip on mint juleps, and place your bets on some of the fastest horses in the world. The excitement is palpable, and you can feel it in the air, as soon as you step into the racecourse. From the hats to the shoes, the fashion at Keeneland is on point. 

Dress Code: Business Casual. 

  • Gentlemen: Dress slacks, dress shirt with collar. Dress shoes & dress socks. 
  • Ladies: Clothing of comparable formality to gentlemen, including but not limited to skirts, dresses, tailored pantsuit or dress slacks.

While Keenland is the perfect opportunity for people to socialize and enjoy the spectacle of horse racing, it's essential to keep in mind that you'll be on your feet for hours, so choosing the right shoes is crucial. Here’s what you need to know: 


When it comes to attending any event that involves standing and walking around for hours, comfort should always be your top priority. Finding shoes that fit well, offer ample support, and have enough room to accommodate your feet throughout the day is crucial. If you're not comfortable, it'll be hard to enjoy the event fully.


Of course, it's not just about comfort; style also plays an important role. The races at Keeneland are a perfect opportunity to dress up and show off your best outfits. You'll want to choose shoes that are fashionable and complement your outfit.

Heels or Flats?

The age-old question: heels or flats? When it comes to choosing the right shoes for Keeneland, it really depends on personal preference. If you're comfortable in heels and can wear them for hours without any issues, then go for it! Just make sure they're not too high and that you have enough support. If you're not used to wearing heels, or you know you'll be walking on grass, flats may be a safer option.

Shoe Material

The Keeneland racecourse has a lot of grassy areas, so it's essential to consider the type of shoes you'll be wearing. Leather or suede shoes may not be the best choice for this event, as they can easily get damaged or stained on the grass. Instead, opt for shoes made from materials that are easy to clean, such as canvas or synthetic materials.

Finding the perfect outfit and accessories for Keeneland events can be overwhelming, which is why we've compiled a list of our favorite local shops. From stylish shoe stores to trendy clothing and hat boutiques, you're sure to find everything you need to complete your look.

At Lexington Podiatry, our team of experts can help make sure your feet are ready for the event of the season, so you can look your best and be comfortable at the same time. For all appointments and inquiries, please call (859) 264-1141.