women seem to have an amazing ability to drive in any kind of shoe, even the
ones that look like they require the laws of physics to be broken just to walk
If you are not blessed with this rare skill (and in fact, even if you are,
for safety reasons) then driving footwear can be more limited. If you want to
be able to drive comfortably and safely without having to keep a nasty looking
old pair of trainers – or worse, slippers – in your car to change into for
every drive, then here are some do’s and don’ts for motoring
DONT wear flip flops
Flip flops can feel comfortable for walking around in
in summer, unless you dislike that strap between your toes, and for a lot of
people they basically become standard footwear for the summer months, myself included. Theres always so many pretty styles that look good with sundresses, maxis and shorts as well as beach
wear. However, while they are flat and comfy, which you would think would make
them fine for driving, they can get caught on the peddles, making them a very
I’ve always been really conscious of the shoes that I wear when driving as I watched a video years ago that had someone wearing a pair of flip flops and when they went to move their foot on the peddles, their flip flop had sort of flipped over and got stuck. Similarly, there was a woman in the same video wearing a pair of platform heels and she couldn’t feel the break properly and ended up crashing so that has always put me off too. I’m not sure where I saw this video, I could hazard a guess that it was at the driving theory course I went on before taking my test but I could be wrong, either way, it frightened the life out of me!
DONT wear UGG style boots
Ugg boots, and other similar boots like Emus, have
both their fans and their haters in the fashion world, but there is no denying
the snuggly comfort they offer. However, with their thick uppers and chunky
soles, it is very hard to feel anything going on around your foot. This
actually can make it hard to be as sensitive as you need to be for driving.
Avoid the snow boots and pick something that can allow you to better manage the
pressure you are putting on the pedals.
DO try ballet pumps
We all know trainers are great for driving in, but
they just don’t go with many things. If you don’t want to live in jeans or
tracksuit bottoms, or simply aren’t allowed to wear trainers to places you
drive to like the office, a great choice of flat shoe to try is the ballet
pump. These classic shoes are available in every colour and print imaginable
and can look smart, feminine, trendy or all three depending on the texture and
design you go for, but with their streamlined design and thin, flat soles they
are perfect for driving.
DO try tennis shoes or trainers with a thin sole
If you favour a casual look but still want something
slightly less sporty and chunky than running style trainers, then opt for
smarter, more versatile trainer styles like tennis, bowling or baseball style
lace ups, or even fashionable twists on the old school plimsoll. These can look
a lot better with casual skirts than running shoes, basketball style hi-tops or
skater trainers, adding more flexibility to your wardrobe while still being
great to drive in.
been behind the wheel for years or are just learning (and if you are, check out
for some great theory test resources), you know how important it is to be able
to feel comfortable and drive safely.
Consider these shoe do’s and don’ts when
you want to look stylish when you drive!
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