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by Lauren Nelson on April 26, 2016

Some of our best memories are from music festivals: Bonnaroo, Beale Street, Floydfest…

But some of our worst memories are from music festivals too: raging sunburn, heel blisters and ‘oh no what did I step in’?

We have a few festival survival hacks for you to try this spring and summer, starting with choosing the right shoes.


If you want to enjoy your next festival, don’t wear Coachella-style, gold snakeskin booties. You need the best comfortable outdoor shoes that can stand up to water, dust and mud.

You need tough toe and heel bumpers to protect you from getting stomped. Cudas water shoes are ideal for festivals, because at the end of the day you can rinse off the beer/soda/ketchup and they’ll dry overnight. In case of extreme weather, bring an extra pair.

Looking for the best festival shoes for women? Try our Shasta! Featuring x-band styling for a secure fit, breathable waterflow mesh and a stretch neoprene upper for all day comfort in a changing environment, these cute Shastas will keep your feet cool and protected and at the end of the day, they rinse off quickly and dry overnight. The Shasta comes in a variety of colors so you may want to get two pairs to trade off and coordinate with outfits.

The Tsunami II, our comfortable high performance water shoe is perfect for men and women looking for all day comfort out in the elements. The Tsu II has sneaker like styling, a special perforated insole and vented outersole for water and air flow and can stand up to the worst Mother Nature has to offer so you can keep jamming.

Another great festival shoe option for men and women is the flexible, lightweight Hyco water shoe. The Hyco features a toe and heel bumper for foot protection in tight crowds and stretch neoprene upper that hugs the foot and stays on through the encores. Hyco can also handle summer’s sudden downpours thanks to the waterflow mesh design.

For mellow music at sunset or music under the stars concerts, you’ll appreciate the customizable fit of our PerfectPull Collection. Only from Cudas, PerfectPull technology lets you adjust the tension in the sandal’s upper for a fit that’s perfect for you! The PerfectPull Collection also features thoughtful comfort enhancements such as heel cup and arch supports, traction pattern outsoles and comes in a variety of styles for men and women that look great with shorts as well as sundresses.


Of course, you need to wear more than just shoes (unless you’re heading to Burning Man — we understand that on the playa, anything goes…) Here’s our list of other festival survival essentials.

  • Hand sanitizer: Because, umm, port-a-potties.
  • Baby wipes: Ditto.
  • Bandanna: Keeps the sun off your face, or can be soaked in water to cool you down.
  • First aid kit: Because even if you don’t need a Band-Aid, a cute stranger might.
  • Windbreaker: Look for one that can be folded up into a pouch.
  • A scrunchable hat
  • Waterproof, lightweight blanket: We like the USA-made ones by Mambe.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A “virtual lighter” app on your phone
  • Bug spray
  • A compact external battery to recharge your phone
  • High-quality earplugs: In case you end up next to the amps
  • A compact bag or backpack to put everything in


Whether you like jam bands or jazz, there’s a festival for you this spring. Here are just a few highlights.

4/28-5/1: MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC
4/29-5/1: Beale Street Music Festival , Memphis, TN
4/27-5/1: SunFest, West Palm Beach, FL
5/6-5/8: Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
5/20-5/22: Hangout Music Fest, Gulf Shores, AL
5/19-5/22: Moogfest, Durham, NC
5/29: River City Rockfest, San Antonio, TX
5/27-5/29: Country 500, Daytona, FL
5/26-5/29: DelFest, Cumberland, MD
6/9-6/12: Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN

Find more festival listings at or And don’t forget your Cudas!


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