We don’t do fashion here at Driven to Write. We are above that. But let’s take a moment to consider driving shoes.
The first pair of driving shoes I bought were bought by accident. They looked acceptable and, importantly, were very light. I still have them even if they are now quite wrecked. The great thing about a lot of fashion derived from sports is that it enhances everyday life. My tweed jacket has its roots in hunting but works very well when I need to sit on a train or go out on my bike to get a newspaper. I find that if I have to do housework a pair of running shorts and a t-shirt are appropriate. One uses a lot of energy hoisting a vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs and a great deal of gymnastics is required to get at all the dust under the furniture. Light clothes help.
What do driving shoes bring to the mix? Not a lot and they come with the disadvantage that they leave your feet very flat on the ground since they have no heel to speak of.
Do driving shoes have a competitive edge at all? Any good pair of shoes seem to be as comfortable when driving as the specimens shown above. I think that driving shoes’ main advantage is that they are light but a lot of shoes are light, aren’t they? The modification of the heel is a statement of intent rather than a reflection of purpose and form in harmony. If you are not careful, you could end up with slip-on driving shoes which look mostly like the kind of slippers worn by bishops only brown not black. Why do bishops wear slippers?
I don’t think we really need driving shoes. Once you have stopped driving, your capacity to walk further is diminished, as with cycling clogs adapted for cleats. I don’t want my clothing to disable me.