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I've been looking for some good drivers shoes that look like normal shoes but keep my hobbit like feet small and compact.  For track days I have some sparco which are great.  But wanted something that was better for daily use.  When I look for driver shoes all I can seem to find are moccasin style.  I don't really want slippers for the car. I want shoe's I would wear once I get out of the car.

What are the best shoe makes to look at?

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How about the Adidas or Puma driving ‘trainers’?

https://www.itsamanslife.com/429/adidas-adiracer-worlds-greatest-shoe/

https://eu.puma.com/uk/en/men/shoes/motorsport

 

Otherwise, Sparco do a range of ‘formal(ish)’ driving shoes:

https://uk.sparcofashion.com/shoes-man-made-in-italy/
 

And then, of course, there are Piloti:

https://www.pilotiuk.co.uk
 

 

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I use the cheaper Puma driving shoes (£40?) usually from JD sports. They look somewhere between a trainer and a formal shoe with a very thin sole. Size 10/11 feet and they help me fit in the pedal box of an 84 turbo Esprit.

Very comfortable and mean I only hit one pedal at a time - unless I want to do otherwise!

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google :onitsuka tiger

not driving shoes as such but really thin soles so really good and look way cooler than puma.

The Mexico ones are great

search on facebook as they have regular sales - tend to be about £70-80 but £50-60 in sales.

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Lots of different styles and very reasonable prices on "no name" brands on ebay. I bought a cheap pair which I find  the best to drive in and look normal when out of the car. Search under Men's drivers shoes. I have a set of Sparco shoes as well but the Ebay cheapies are just as good and look more normal street wear.

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Sparco just rebrand Puma's I believe.

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I have Puma speedcats. They are comfy and work brilliantly in the car. I'd rather not walk a long way in them as with any driving shoe, I just find the lack of cushion terrible after a while, fine for short distances around town/in shops though and they look good.

Mostly only use them in the car though!

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When I got my second Esprit I bought a pair of Australians for use on a weekend trip to UK. Marketed as normal shoes, they look and feel like driving shoes but the sole gives enough support and grip for walking as well. In neutral brown I could wear them to work as well and did so for a long time.

Haven't found anything quite like those again unfortunately. Maybe I should try looking at driving shoes that can cope with daily usage as well.

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12 hours ago, USAndretti42 said:

I did drive my Esprit while wearing wellies on occasion.

Don't now how you managa that! I've been lazy and kept my safety boots on when having to move the Esprit a couple of times, but that was far from comfortable. I wouldn't take it out on the road like that. Even in the old Range Rover wellies feel like a bad idea (but doable).

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On 01/03/2021 at 23:37, TdM said:

I have Puma speedcats. They are comfy and work brilliantly in the car. I'd rather not walk a long way in them as with any driving shoe, I just find the lack of cushion terrible after a while, fine for short distances around town/in shops though and they look good.

Mostly only use them in the car though!

I also wear Puma speedcats, driving my Porsche. They are very reasonably priced compared to other driving shoes.

They are very narrow which makes them great for driving cars with pedals close together but not optimal for walking.

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On 03/03/2021 at 08:52, Escape said:

When I got my second Esprit I bought a pair of Australians for use on a weekend trip to UK.

How did you and two Aussies fit in an Esprit? 🙃

Speaking of Australians, the Senna fanboy in me ssearched for a suitable pair of driving loafers and found these - https://www.aquila.com.au/mens-shoes/driving-shoes?is_page=1&is_index=3

Not sure if you can get them in the UK. There seems to be many other brands that have similar styles. I just make sure the sole is narrow and covers the heel for off throttle comfort.

Mine compliment the Puma Speedcats I use most of the time. At the moment the Aussie sun seems to be MIA so haven't worn the loafers much as the intent was to wear them with shorts. Oh well, full Senna mode it is for now...

 

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12 hours ago, Yan said:

How did you and two Aussies fit in an Esprit? 🙃

 

It's a real snug fit. 🙂

I still haven't found anything quite like them so continue to wear them on occasion. Loafers are not my style, I really should look at proper driving shoes but most don't come in neutral colors. This thread has certainly given me some ideas.

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Puma do say they recommend you order one size up. My speedcats have been great.

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You could always buy some bigger ones now? :blink: 

 

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On 27/02/2021 at 08:52, Beady said:

google :onitsuka tiger

not driving shoes as such but really thin soles so really good and look way cooler than puma.

The Mexico ones are great

search on facebook as they have regular sales - tend to be about £70-80 but £50-60 in sales.

+1 for these.  Plus you don't look like you're trying too hard to be a driving god.

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