Comfortable shoes that endure on the road are important.
Everyone who drives needs a good driving shoe. But what makes a shoe good for time in the driver’s seat? Typically, it’s a flat-heeled shoe, often a slip-on, with a rubber sole meant to help you grip the pedals as you drive. It won’t fatigue your foot and or get in the way (as a flip flop or high heel can). It’s stylish enough to look good getting in and out of the car, supportive enough that you can run errands in them when you need to get out of the car, and basically a comfortable, convenient shoe for driving. These are some of our favorite driving shoes for women.
But First, a Little Bit of History
The origins of a leather slip-on shoe with rubber soles can be traced back to Italy in the 1930s. The founder of Gucci and his son decided to introduce this style after having trouble finding a stylish shoe that was comfortable enough to wear while driving a car. The simple yet chic design immediately became popular. First in Europe and later, globally.
Why You Need Driving Shoes
If you care about having better control of your car, better grip on the pedals, a more comfortable driving experience, and if you want to be stylish- you need a pair. Driving shoes are not only stylish but versatile. Their slip-on style means they’re easy to put on. Plus, they’re comfortable!
How to Choose the Best Driving Shoe for You
Buying the right driving shoes can be tricky. The perfect shoe should fit comfortably. And it should be stylish enough to match your own personal style. But before you grab your keys and zoom off to the mall, there are a few things you should consider before buying driving shoes.
First, think about your car: Is it an automatic or manual transmission? Depending on the type of car you drive, you’ll need either a shoe that allows for more traction (for driving manual), or one with a more flexible sole (for driving automatic).
Next, proper sizing is important. Measure your foot to be sure when ordering online. If you’re in a store, take the time to try them on and walk around.
Last, shop by your budget. While spending more on a quality pair of driving shoes is ideal, there are good options at most price levels.
Loafers are a great choice
Loafers are known for their ease of use: they slip on and off, don’t require laces or zippers, and can be worn with virtually any type of outfit.
Oxfords are a great choice for drivers because of the grip their rubber soles provide. They’re also not just for men, though you can certainly find some cute driving oxfords for guys. The difference between Oxfords and loafer is that oxfords lace up, giving you more support as well as more grip around your foot and ankle.
Be Comfortable and Sustainable
We like Rothy’s for their lightweight comfort, machine washability and the use of sustainable and recycled materials. So these don’t just feel good, but they make us feel good too. And, the rubber sole grips the pedals so we’re confident behind the wheel, too.
If you prefer something more casual and athletic, slip-on sneakers are it
Not everyone likes a traditional driving shoe style and that’s quite alright. A comfortable slip-on pair of flats or sneakers can work, too. The key to a good driving shoe is that you are comfortable. However, that shouldn’t mean sacrificing style.
Choosing the best driving shoes
Here are some things to look for when shopping for your shoes.
- Material quality: Look for a good rubber sole, high quality leather (or vegan leather)
- Brand: Opt for a reputable brand that is known for producing high quality and comfortable shoes
- Look and feel: Look for shoes that are easy to slip on, and are comfortable to wear
Now that you know what to look for, you can upgrade your driving experience with some new driving shoes! Happy driving!