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Old 15th May 2006, 16:12   #61
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I have driven all till date in all sorts of footwear. Well the wheels i have driven range from mighty TATA multiaxles to Maruti.

I am most comfortable with my sneakers on, well I am comfortable in them always. So I always prefer lightweight sneakers, though I have never thought of them as specialised while driving.

Think of the day when you saw a truck being driven by a fellow, wearing a leather boots.
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Old 16th March 2010, 16:46   #62
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Default My Personal Experience with Driving Shoes

I am rejuvenating a 4 year old thread. I would like to share my experience with various kinds of Footwear. Good Driving footwear is quite unaffordable and i am looking at commonly available Footwear in India
The area I will be contacting is the stock Rubber pedals provided in a Santro. I have not upgraded to Aluminium Sport Pedals.

I have different kinds of shoes to suit different occassions. This would be common with most people.

Boot Type: Very Very uncomfortable. I get pain in the ankle and foot while drving. A definite No-No in Stop-Go Traffic Jams

Woodland Shoes: Average Comfort, but no Grip while braking. The Pedal tends to slip of the shoe Grip. Not recommended

Sport Shoes: Good Comfort and excellent grip. No fatigue as shoe is quite flexible compared to Boots anmd woodlands.

Common Office Slip-On type Shoes: Okay in drving. Would have to be little careful in Stop-Go Traffic. It is good to have a good sole with it.

Chappals: Open and airy. I feel very comfortable while driving with chappals / Slippers.

Attached below are pictures in the order of what i am talking about. I have almost the same shoe pictured here.

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Old 16th March 2010, 17:53   #63
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I have these thin soled shoes by Power(A Bata Brand). The shoes are such that you can bend them completely. Their sole is thin rubber, and the upper body has mesh like thing and they do not give any pain or restriction to the foot.
Woodland etc., are the worst with their hard soles, and rough inner linings.
Other than that I find that driving in thin soled liberty shoes(from their outdoor glider range), or lightweight reeboks is pretty good too, esp on snow trips when the Power ones with their mesh like body would definitely lead to frostbite!
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Old 16th March 2010, 18:00   #64
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-I find it best to drive with sports shoes (or canvass).
-Formal shoes are tiring after few minutes of Bumper-bumper driving.
-Chappals are a bit tricky, as the slight looseness that give us comfort by being airy, works the other way during clutch-accelerate driving. (the ones with ankle srap are better though)
-Cut shoes also the slackness takes away the engaging between foot and the pedal.
-Boots - a Big NO. Your ankle movement must never be restricted during driving.
Finally,my cab drive friend says best footwear is No footwear. Bare feet are the best, for him. I even tried that, but not convinced.
Good Topic. Thanks for rejuvenating - Bharath.
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Old 16th March 2010, 20:11   #65
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has to be those puma flatsole shoes, ... aint no doubt about it cause they are designed for racing


Bare feet feel too taxi driver, Slippers interfere too much with pedals, sandals suffer from too much condensation related muckiness, thick sole sports shoes tend to make you press the accelerator too much, and regular office shoes can be a lil uncomfy in the long run
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Old 16th March 2010, 20:28   #66
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I Found Puma Shoes which is Officially supplied for Ferrari for less than 100USD.

Puma Ferrari Shoes
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Old 16th March 2010, 20:32   #67
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Default Puma Ferrari Shoes

Guys,

Just adding some more pics here. There are red, yellow and mixed colors available. Posting pics of Black and White as it is the most common color people prefer.

I can imagine how one would look wearing a Red or a Yellow shoe and walk.

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Old 16th March 2010, 20:55   #68
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Personally prefer to ride barefoot as i like to appreciate the feel of accelerator.might help being softer on the pedal,delivering more mileage.
Guess it all boils down to how you started out when learning to drive i.e a person learning to drive barefoot would continue to do so.(have you seen some rickshaw drivers sitting offcenter while driving as they are accustomed to having a trainer sit beside them!)
As regards footwear a correct fitting one with pliable soles would do.
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Old 17th March 2010, 10:51   #69
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Adidas sneakers are the most comfortable drives...
And for longer drives or when I am out for errands in maddening traffic driving barefoot is the way to go.
Most comfortable, although a little embarrassing when mom compares me to an autowala.

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Old 17th March 2010, 11:32   #70
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have you checked out Puma ferrari branded merchandise? they have driving shoes in that range. They also have Ducati branded riding shoes for motorcycles.

Personally I love to drive with shoes on. Usually woodlands or cat.

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Old 17th March 2010, 11:38   #71
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Shoes or Nothing!
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Old 17th March 2010, 11:40   #72
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Cat or Woodlands are the first choice footwear for my bull and the roadking.
But for the Car; me thinks they are a little too heavy; hence tiring for longer distances.
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I prefer floaters (Reebok/Quovadis). And love to drive barefoot when I can.

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i prefer a simple pair of jogging or sports shoes and/ or a pair of soft leather moccasin type "driving shoes" with rubber/ PU/ PVC soles for greater grip.

high-end leather soled formal shoes tend to slip off the accelerator/ brake/ clutch pedals.
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Although some people say that they prefer driving without footwear,I find driving without footwear slightly uncomfortable as I think bare feet isnt able to provide the adequate grip on the pedal(just my view).
I prefer my Addidas Supernova(jogging shoes) while driving.
Also i dont prefer something broad as they interfere with the pedals.
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