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    Favorite Driving Shoe

    Do you have a favorite shoe you wear just or especially for driving? Looking at one of the other forums I see guys drive wearing everything from cowboy boots and wingtips to tennis shoes, even barefoot.

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    Sneakers in winter, Bare feet in summer (normally because I'm wearing thongs/flip flops, I don't know what you yanks call them!) are my prefered options, but I normally drive with whatever I'm wearing at the time. I don't change my shoes just for driving!
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    barefoot

    even in winter i get in the car and take my shoes off to drive any further then just in town
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    yeah i like it barefoot too, feels a whole lot better!

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    What you wear is probably determined by local laws, if anyone bothered to check, i was booked in Melbourne many years ago for wearing thongs. the booking slip stated not wearing closed toe footwear, which also covered bare foot.
    The officer explained, that there was a chance of accidentally getting pedals between "thongs/sandals/flipflops" and your toes
    thereby not having full control or perhaps breaking toes.
    Perhaps mistareno can shed some light on current Vic. Legislation on this subject.

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    just have to try and not get pulled over by the blue boys

    it's slightly illegal
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    Are bare feet illegal in QLD. Didn't think so.

    I agree about thongs being dangerous though. I just take them off.

    Barefeet/socked feet all the time.

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    no barefeet are legel here. i did my driving exam in bare feet

    bare feet, shoes it doens't really bother me. but i suppose if i am going on a cruise, i wear my Royal shoes. they are a leisure/fashion/skate shoe. very comfy. all soft leather. no laces.

    here they are. but mine are in white.

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    I find tight fitting elastic sided boots have a nice thin rubber sole which is good for feel. They're also not too wide, so it's easy to drive a Fuego, 206, etc.

    I hate driving in Docs or sneakers, because they always seem to get in the way of something and you've got zero feel, and you've got those filthy bloody laces to deal with too when you're getting them on or off.

    On the other hand, when it comes to mountain bike riding, I love the old Dunlop KT-26 cheap lace up sneakers. They strap real tight to your feet and have big knobs which give 30-50% of the advantage of toe clips or cleats, but you can bail out that little bit quicker when you come unstuck on a big slope.

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    There's a funny story about my uncle. He always takes his shoes off to drive (accept of course when he takes his Clubman in motorsport).

    One day, about 15 years ago, one of the family was performing at the opera house and my uncle turned up, but had forgotton his shoes. He lives North of Newcastle, so he couldn't duck home to get them. Luckily his socks were black and the people at the entrance didn't notice he wasn't wearing any shoes roll_lau

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    Fav driving shoe?... has to be Karting boots, wicked feel, grip and support... watch out for gravel though.
    Otherwise its what ever im wearing. - chris

    ps As a valet, people who don't wear shoes/socks leave a lasting impresion, to which i return to their tyres....lol. Obvilously from reading above i don't know the real score, but i put it up there with smoking and mobile whilst driving.
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    Fav driving shoe?... has to be Karting boots, wicked feel, grip and support... watch out for gravel though.
    Otherwise its what ever im wearing. - chris

    ps As a valet, people who don't wear shoes/socks leave a lasting impresion, to which i return to their tyres....lol. Obvilously from reading above i don't know the real score, but i put it up there with smoking and mobile whilst driving.
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    davemcbean:
    I find tight fitting elastic sided boots have a nice thin rubber sole which is good for feel. They're also not too wide, so it's easy to drive a Fuego, 206, etc.
    I agree wholeheartedly with you there. I have two pairs of RM Williams boots - one leather soled and one rubber soled. They are fantastic, heaps of feel, compact, perfect shoe for driving in that actually looks good.

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    I find that converse all-star sneakers are the best in a GS. I tried workboots once, but the pedal spacings are such a way that you could get one's self in a whole lot of mess. Any type of boot, be they Cuban heeled or Chelsea are downright dangerous in small/medium Frenchies.

    Driving a DS, CX or GS barefoot is a lot of fun, especially when it comes to braking- you just use your big toe. cheers!
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    Best driving shoe af all time? Dunlop Volleys, with no socks. Soft flexible light and grippy. Schumacher wears them inside his racing boots. Possibly.
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    I have a pair of zip siders for driving that are absolutely "skid row specials" but are lightweight and give feel through the pedals.
    I have a problem with heavy shoes due to an injury that won't allow me to cart weight on the end of my legs without putting a set of wheels under me of the non motorised type. I also find that modern chunky soles are a big problem from a feel & manouvreability viewpoint but speaking as an ex driving instructor..... bare feet!!! mallet mallet big nono. Not from a safety aspect but because it is an absolute shocker of a habit.
    My misses used to tell me she had to go bare feet due to not being able to feel the pedals with shoes on when she was learning to drive. As a result, regardless of whether she is in garden clothes or a cocktail dress, if I get Oliver Twist & she has to drive home, off comes the bloody foot clobber complete with the complaint that she's "done another set of panty hose in." Or that there's tar, chewing gum or dog shit on the pedals that she now has attached to her foot.
    Thongs? I have threatened to throw learners out of the car that turned up with thongs. I found that I made it a firm rule; no proper footwear, no proper lesson until you wear it. I had one twit who reckoned he knew better & had to shift a car at his home prior to getting his licence and seemed determined to prove my argument against thongs right. He did; got into his old mans Falcon, got his big trowel feet, the pedals & the thongs all tangled up & shifted the visitors Merc right through the back of the garage at their place at Sorrento whilst using it as a mascot for the Falcon....."dohhh, yawere ri tabout tha thowngs" he told me at the next lesson (as he climbed in with his sneekers on.) cry
    So for mine, good call booking them for driving in Japanese work boots. mallet

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    I must agree about the volleys, ultimate grip and plenty of feel. And they seem to be making them in Australia again or more likely the Chinese factory has been told how to make them properly!
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    RM's any time I'm not going to work, bare feet several times a year when it's hot enough. In a 206, it's only the Williams boot that's narrow enough, but still has a firm enough leather sole for start-stop bumper-to-bumper stuff.

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    I find my GP boots (standard, army issue type) brilliant for driving, be it for an 8 hour Sydney drive, or 'round the corner. I've had the same pair for 9 years now, been to hell and back with them, and they fit and feel like a second skin.

    Don't like drivign with sneakers because of the thick, flexible soles. I have a pair of leather loafers that work really well, but aren't as comfortable as the GP's for hours on end.
    Tried driving with my Scarpa rock-climbing shoes a few times. Great feel of the pedals, excellent grip but very uncomfortable after half an hour...

    I enjoy driving barefoot too, but find it can be tiring on the feet - probably because I tend to push the accelerator with my toes.
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    I can drive in almost anything! Whether its my docs, sneakers, boots, heels. Although when wearing heels of any sort it takes me a few streets to get used to it. (My excuse for a bit of front wheel spin)
    Try not to drive barefoot though, because someone once told me that if you are in an accident and slam on the brakes, you can spilt your foot up the middle if you miss the brake and hit the pole thing that the pedal is on. Yucky.
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    any flat sole shoes would do normally for me

    but in spirited driving or if I know I will be doing spirited driving a pair of thin flat sole shoes....but can't have too sticky soles. That way I can feel the pedals and do proper heel-toe manoveures.

    I am looking into a pair of racing shoes or driving shoes or whatever you want to call them. Esp. those OMP ones i.e. FIA approved...that way if I crash I know my feet won't get burnt mallet

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    THIN SHOES??
    Funny you should ask.
    I have a 95 306. And would like to know if anyone else has trouble with this-

    As the clutch,brake, accelerator are very close together I find it very hard not to brush the brake whilst pushing the accelerator or not to rev the engine whilst braking.
    I have to be very aware of what footwear I am using as some shoes have very wide soles. I don't have particularly large feet (size 9).
    My eventual solution is to change the pedal position by heating and bending the pedal arms.

    Anyone have any other ideas?

    P.S.
    With Damien Gardners' problem(booked for no footwear).
    Does this apply to sandals?
    If you had my problem with the pedals too close could you get away with no shoes?

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    I naturally have small feet and I can't drive without shoes on...I've tried but can't stand it. disappro

    I have a 205 and the footwell is well ....very small...but I have to said my feet fits just perfectly in the 205 footwell...I guess I have 'evolved' to manage driving in such a small foot well.

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    PS. I had considered bending (by heating) the pedals so they spaced out a litte more....but than I thought to myself why bother...it is french after all. dance
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    Could have inproper feet wear contributed to bad write-ups? what do journos wear?......maybe im contorted, or something, but often people mention that their feet catch up on the pedals of pugs.
    Ive never had this problem and my feet are 10.5's.
    One particular example is the often revered driving of a 206 GTi, but i think the pedals are shmick for track work. Maybe its down to the shoe people wear, or they are used to the huge archaic lifeless pedals as on a falcodore? - chris

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    My issue with the pedals in the 206 wasn't so much the spacing (although with my size 10.5 feet it was a slight issue at first), but rather part of the dash that goes under the steering column. I'd find I'd go for the brake pedal and get my toes caught on the dash!

    I guess I'm not one for small cars. Mind you the 505 hardly has perfect pedal placement. I'm always rubbing my heels together when using the brake and clutch.
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