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The Perfect Driving Shoes For Women

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Shoes come between you and your car. That’s unavoidable. Good ones feel like they don’t.  Finding the perfect driving shoes should not be regarded as an extra-something to improve your driving but a necessity to keep you ready and prepared for anything that could happen while in traffic.

When wearing the proper shoes, you can improve your reaction time whether it involves braking, changing gears or accelerating. Keeping an extra pair of driving shoes in your car would also easily resolve the dilemma of having to build your entire wardrobe based on only one type of shoes.

The first thing you have to keep in mind when buying driving shoes is make sure they have a rather thin sole. This is important because it provides you with the best pedal pressure when braking or accelerating. If the sole is too thick, you will have a hard time feeling the pedals while also putting a lot of pressure on your ankles. Thicker sole usually means more weight and that causes difficulties when it comes to maintaining a relaxed ankle or insuring easier sudden movements.

Women-Driving-Shoes-with-Front-Tie-ID0008-40_02_LRGAlso, the sole shouldn’t be too wide as it can cause your foot to touch two pedals at the same time. Of course you want the largest foot-pedal contact area available for easier pressure coming from your foot, but this should not evolve in a two-pedal-touch effort. Also, the sole must have a good grip on both normal and rainy conditions so it doesn’t slip. The best way to prevent slippery is to wipe your feet before entering the car, no matter the level of grip provided by your shoes.

Basically, your best solutions for a good control over the pedals are the classic sports shoes (they say that the maximum sole thickness should not exceed 10 mm, but our suggestion is to make sure it stays under 4 mm) or plain shoes. The latter provide a great foot-pedal contact area as long as their width is kept under reasonable dimensions.

Running shoes that aren’t too thick are always a good option. Your best bet is to leave a good pair of driving shoes in the car so you have them handy at all times.

Worst shoes

Heels

In order for the driver to sustain the proper action on the brake and acceleration pedal (also clutch for manual-transmission cars), the driver’s heel must always sit on the floor. That brings us to high-heel shoes. We’re sure that this type of footwear fits beautifully with the business/elegant woman look, but when it comes to driving a car they are to be avoided. The high-heel interferes with driver’s logical operation of the pedals, becoming a major impediment to feeling the necessary pressure (as the driver’s heel is suspended during the entire drive).

Boots

Boots are also to be overlooked when driving a car, as they tend to be quite heavy on the foot and could get stuck underneath the pedals when gear-changing. Flip-flops are also considered one of the worst choices for a ‘driving gear’, as well as sandals or think-sole shoes. All these types of footwear were proved to be rather hazardous and caused a significant amount of light accidents in heavy traffic.

Flip Flops

These shoes slip off the pedals and decrease driver deceleration time by 0.13 seconds, approximately 5.6 km at 96 kmph

Bare feet

Feet can slip off the pedals and cramp up

Flats

These shoes are not secure enough and could slip off as you drive

Sandals

This flimsy footwear runs the same risk as flats while also increasing your chances of injuring or scratching your feet

 

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