If you think about it, shoes are a lot like steering wheels. They are what connects us to our cars and how we get the necessary feedback to be a good driver. By that logic, we as enthusiasts should be spending out extra dough on nicer steering wheels and top tier footwear.
A steering wheel upgrade is a costly one but well worth it in my mind. It's the thing you touch more than any other part of your car aside from the pedals and nobody even sees those so what's the point?
I kid, better pedals are a very smart upgrade, one I've made to many of my cars.
But let's say you're just a fan of the occasional spirited drive. You don't need a flat bottomed wheel, wrapped in alcantara and thicker than Rob Ford's finger. You don't need lightweight precision milled pedals with more grip than the Koch Brothers have on congress. What you need is proper footwear to make your weekend jaunts all the more pleasurable.
No you don't need to go out and buy some $300 driving loafers. Nor should you ever consider buying co-branded footwear that matches your vehicle. If you have need of such footwear I'm going to assume you're a sponsored driver and should have such things provided free of charge.
All you need is a pair of shoes, maybe a couple, that are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, allow for some ventilation and of course, look good when you're not driving. This part is key because the one thing that no man should still be fucking up in this day and age is his choice of footwear.
Doug gets a free pass because his sandals are part of his on camera schtick. Besides, I doubt he actually drives the Ferrari in those things.
So without further fluff, here are the five best driving shoes you can buy right now. Would love to know what your choices are and if you agree with my picks. So have fun with the commenting after all, this is Oppo.
1.) Vans Sk8-Hi Slim- Don't be put off by Vans categorizing these as "Womens". The Sk8-Hi that they'd been passing off as "the original" had grown quite chunky and frankly not fun to wear while driving, let alone skateboarding. They've now rectified the problem with this slimmer model that's much closer to classic shoe that so many of us know and love. At $55 you can get a couple pairs without breaking a sweat and you might want to given their popularity.
2.) Nike Free 5.0- These have been my go to shoe for more spirited driving since they came out. Just the right amount of support and flex. They're well ventilated and the perfect width for heel/toeing. At $115 they're a little bit more on the spendy side but one pair will last you a long time, especially if you're just wearing them while driving. Also see the Koston 2 Max for more color options and a similar sole/flex/feel.
3.) Chuck Taylor Classic- Paul Walker wore em, they're $55, they're immortally cool.
4.) Clarks Desert Boot- On a scale of 1 to McQueen, these are a solid McQueen. Yes they're not shoes but this is my list and I'll do what I want damnit. Besides, these are a solid option for those that go straight from chasing apexes to chasing tail. The crepe sole gives you plenty of pedal feel and provides lots of traction when running away from the guy whose girl you just snagged.
5.) Nothing- Because you drive and automatic and it doesn't matter what you wear.