One of the most frequently asked questions around here is… “Now, what kind of shoes do I wear with my dirndl? And my answer is, “Whatever shoes you want!” That’s not a very specific answer, but I’m not exactly one to follow the “dirndl rules.” When it comes to dirndls, there are no hard and fast rules about what shoes you should be wearing. It all depends on the kind of look that you’d like to go for – from traditional Bavarian looks to more modern twists. Whatever shoes you feel comfortable and confident in, is the right shoe to wear with your dirndl.

close up image of womens legs wearing dirndls to see the shoes

But when it comes to shoes for women AND dirndls I have a couple ideas for fun alternatives to traditional designs. Here is a quick list of what I recommend to wear with your dirndl. PLUS, I got some great insights from my travel blogger pals Ashley from My Wanderlusty Life and Christina from Happy to Wander who have both been to Oktoberfest in Munich multiple times.

The basic rules are comfortable and stylish, so you’ll want to find a nice blend of the two. What is currently trending in Germany are booties and flats. If you’re looking for a classic look, opt for loafers or Mary Janes. For something fun and unique, try wearing ankle boots with tassels or buckles. Overall, you're looking for shoes that are comfortable so you can wear them for potential looooong days spent on your feet. But you also don’t want to be THAT girl wearing old New Balance sneakers or dad sneakers… not a chic look. Personally, I like to go with something a little more playful and trendy. Below is an assortment of shoe styles that both Christina and Ashley said were frequently seen at Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Traditionally, one would wear a Mary-Jane style shoe with a low heel and dirndl socks. (Click here to order my favorite dirndl socks) For a more modern take on the Mary-Jane, look for shoes with some edgier details to them like buckles or laces. Don’t worry about having to be super matchy-matchy with your dirndl and shoes. A nice contrast of colors can be very eye-catching and fashionable. 

Mary Jane Shoe

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Check out King Brad’s stylish trachten shoes. They typically make Trachten shoes of high-quality materials, such as leather and suede, which gives them a classic look that is perfect for traditional Oktoberfest attire.

For a super casual look: Go with your favorite flats. My favorite are my TOMS. They’re comfortable and they come in so many fun patterns and colors. Plus, you can easily dress them up or down depending on the occasion. However, most folks prefer a ballet flat. Plus, the variety of colors and designs available mean that you can find something to fit your style, whether it’s a classic black or a bright filigree pattern.

Dirndl Shoe Inspiration - Ballet Flat

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For an outdoorsy look: Try a bootie that brings out your inner high-fashion alpine mountaineer. Look for something with a bit of lift and detailing, like a wedge heel or an ankle strap. Suede boots are great for a rustic look and keep your feet warm on those chilly autumn days.

Dirndl Shoe - Ankle Boots

Yoga Pose in Dirndl Outfit

For a more summer-y look: I would go with nice comfortable sandals or a fancy flip flop. However, do keep in mind that this type of footwear is more for a summer festival. Open toed shoes are NOT recommended for Oktoberfest in Munich... too much potential spillage.


Dirndl Outfit Inspiration in Sandals

For a trendy look: Go with trendy booties - this is really all the rage at Oktoberfest lately. Look for shoes with some fashionable details like buckles, straps, and tassels. Or find booties in interesting colors and textures. You want to make sure you’re making a statement with your shoes, so don’t be afraid to go for an eye-catching look!

Ankle boots are such a fun shoe. They’re perfect for making a bold statement with your dirndl, and they also provide extra support when you’re walking around the festival grounds all day. Just make sure to pick a pair that is comfortable and stylish!

Black Booties

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For that punk look: Yes, you can bust out your hightops. These are perfect for those who want to mix up the traditional dirndl style with something more modern and edgy. Bonus points if you find a high-top that matches your dirndl… although, I think the contrast can look really cool too.   

Hightop Converse Sneakers

Rare Dirndl Outfit Inspiration with Converse Sneakers

For a fancy schmancy look: Bust out those heels baby (but not at the expense of your feeties. If you are going to be a super grouch at Oktoberfest because you have 4 blisters and your feet are throbbing - mmm not so cute anymore). Heels are great for Oktoberfest party nights, but they can definitely get uncomfortable. Do keep a pair of flats in your bag just in case.

Black High Heels

Rare Dirndl Outfit Inspiration with High Heels

For an edgier look: Definitely try a motorcycle boot or booty. Motorcycle boots look great with dirndls and provide extra support when you’re on your feet all day. They're such a fun twist on the traditional dirndl look that no one will see coming. 

Motorcycle Boots

Motorcycle Boots Outfit Inspiration

My personal favorite dirndl shoes are my TOMS wedges. They add a bit of lift and you can find them in so many fun colors and designs! They are really comfortable and go with pretty much every single dirndl I have. I wear these ALL THE TIME!  

Toms Shoes Wedges

Rare Dirndl Outfit Inspiration with Toms wedges

For a fun addition: Add some knee socks! Knee socks always look so cute and can be worn with any style of shoe. And if you want to get even more traditional, I recommend a pair of lederhosen socks… they are super trendy right now!

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When it comes to dressing up for Oktoberfest or a traditional German event, there are plenty of options of shoes to choose from. You can go for classic black patent leather Mary Janes or try something more daring like bright red ankle boots. For a more casual look, you can also opt for some stylish sneakers or loafers. Don’t forget to accessorize with funky socks and tights!

Remember, comfort is key when it comes to choosing shoes to wear with your dirndl. You want something that will keep your feet supported while still looking stylish. Also, keep in mind the weather and terrain - if you plan to be walking around a lot, you’ll want something with good traction.

And don’t forget to have fun with it! Your shoes can be the perfect accessory for you to look great and help show off your unique personality. So go ahead and express yourself with your shoe choice - after all, that’s what Oktoberfest is all about! Enjoy! 

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