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Some advice on driving shoes

By Rigval on 27 Jun 2012

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What are driving shoes? Some of us may think that driving shoes are those Puma Speedcats that one can purchase at those shopping mall sports stores. However, driving shoes in actual footwear terms mainly refer to soft moccasins that have little buttons of rubber or pebbled nubs on the soles and heel of the shoe instead of a single flat piece sole that we get on our shoes.

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These are exactly like the Tod's Driving Shoes pictured above. Now Tod's, the shoe manufacturing company is the company that has singlehandedly made this type of shoe a worldwide trend, and to his benefit one might add. However, there is a drawback to this type of shoe and I'd like to share this little detail to you readers out there.

You see, the Driving shoe that we motoring enthusiasts love is as stated a very soft, flexible moccasin with nubs on the heel and the sole that are intended to help the driver work his pedals allowing him or her to heel and toe or feel every nuance of the accelerator, brake and clutch pedal due to its softness, thin soles and flexibility. It also helps the driver ensure that the finish on the heels of his work/dress shoes do not prematurely wear out from all that heel movement.

However, the driving shoe does have a very weak point. It will wear out as soon as you start walking on any hard, rough surface like tarmac, concrete and even our sidewalks. Those nubs will be worn out after a long hard walk.

This is especially so if you're a chubby boy like me. It is because of this shoe manufacturers LOVE selling driving shoes. Buy one and it wears out within a year or so, making the user buy a replacement soon after that. Its short lifespan is why shoe manufacturers love it so much high profitability.

And so while they are indeed very good for motoring enthusiasts to own a pair or so, it isn't prudent for one to walk around it a pair if one wants their driving shoes to last. I would suggest keeping that pair of driving shoes in the car and a pair of proper walking shoes to actually walk about it.

Or one could buy those driving shoes that have their soles in a single piece running from the sole to the heel instead of the ones with those little nubs (pictured below) as these will last longer. After all, buying a pair of Tod's, or Car Shoe or any other pair of Italian made moccasins once yearly isn't financially wise even if you own a Ferrari or three.

There you have it folks, another top tip by yours truly.

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photo: tods, gq.com

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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