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I never was a fan, but now I'm starting to see a few companies who are making driving shoes that I like, including Tod's and Donald Pliner and even the knockoff ones that J. Crew is selling. I've considered buying them on several occasions but have stopped myself each time because (A) I have a feeling that I'm too young for them and (B) I have no idea what I'd wear them with, other than khaki shorts. My jeans are pretty much all Diesel (Kratt) and I don't think they'd look right with driving shoes. In any case, what are everyone's thoughts on driving shoes? And second, any other reccomendations on something slightly more formal than sneakers that I can wear with a pair of Diesel jeans? Thanks.
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I'm in college and I wear mine as a summer staple. They are my favorite casual shoe. My driving shoes are by Prada and are ivory leather... I bought them on sale for around $100 at Neiman's in Dallas and have gotten a ton of use out of them. I wear mine with jeans all the time. I also wear them with casual pants in tans and brown's. I'd say go for it.
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I have some black ones made by a local cobbler, I wear them with jeans all the time. The driving shoe influence is all over the place, even the new Air Jordan XVIII basketball shoe has a sole modelled after a driving shoe.
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In any case, what are everyone's thoughts on driving shoes?
Very cool. One day I'm hoping to finally pick up a pair. But first I need to find ones I like and that are at a reasonable price. Pete: $100 for Pradas... Great find.
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And second, any other reccomendations on something slightly more formal than sneakers that I can wear with a pair of Diesel jeans? Thanks.
This is easy. Try Campers; not exactly sneakers or shoes, but kind of in the middle. I used to wear them to work as a bus. casual shoe, but they go great with jeans as well. Also, you may want to try getting a pair of chelsea boots, cowboy boots, or something along those lines. A few years ago, I would wear a pair of rubber soled, Johnston & Murphy oxfords exclusivly with my jeans. They weren't too dressy, but alot more formal than sneakers.
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Also, just a quick question to add the the post: How do the driving shoes hold up for heavy walking? I do an extraordinary amount of walking (city life.. I'm talking 2 miles a day minimum) and am wondering if it is reasonable for me to even buy a pair. Are they confortable? Side note: My mother finds these shoes hilarious. She always says, "What are you supposed to do? Take the shoes off after you get out of the car?" hah.
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[ Pete: $100 for Pradas... Great find.
Hey Mike, That was a lucky score for sure. Durability of these shoes are good in dry conditions. Since mine are of Ivory color, I am careful with them, but I have worn them trucking all over NYC while shopping and to bars in the summer. When I get home, I clean them up with a wet cloth, then apply some leather conditioner. It's no more work than the other shoe care I perform. I've worn them regularly for about a year and a half and they still look very good. Mine have a longer strip pattern rather than traditionally nobby rubber soles. This may help their longevity because their's less leather contact to the ground. Keep your eyes open. I've also been given a nice pair by Cole Haan that my father found to be a bit small for him in black. I think he bought them at an outlet for around 60$ and they look just like Tod's. I love my Prada drivers worn without socks in the summer and have gotten more complements on them than most of my other shoes. They're longer than classic tod's with a bit more style. Mike, I suggest you keep your eyes open for a good priced pair that you like the syle of. Nothing beats their comfort and the lightweight construction keeps your feet cool during hot summer days. I happened to see "Wild On: Italy" tonight on E... Mike, I'm very jealous. So many beautiful women in Florence. Cheers, Pete
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....ry=1065 Here's a picture of a pair very similar to mine, but in a dark brown for reference. These are labeled as women's, but they are almost exactly the same in style to the men's? They could be mis-categorized I guess Cheers, Pete
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Also, just a quick question to add the the post: How do the driving shoes hold up for heavy walking?
Most driving shoes, particular the classic models with runner knobs will not stand up well to be worn in the streets. Others models have more substantial rubber soles and they will be all right (within reason). See driving shoes like slippers (that's what they are: car slippers). Some slippers are so delicate that you cannot wear them outside the house; some are suitable to nip out to the local shops; while others might have proper soles so you can use them for walks. Do not get caught in the rain at all, wearing your driving shoes, as they will get soaked up almost instantly. Wherever a rubber knob penetrates the sole, there is also an opportunity for the water to get in. Most driving shoes are very comfortable to walk in, but, just like slippers, they give little or no support.
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Also, just a quick question to add the the post: How do the driving shoes hold up for heavy walking? I do an extraordinary amount of walking (city life.. I'm talking 2 miles a day minimum) and am wondering if it is reasonable for me to even buy a pair. Are they confortable?  Side note: My mother finds these shoes hilarious. She always says, "What are you supposed to do? Take the shoes off after you get out of the car?" hah.
I wouldn't recommend them for lots of walking. Tried it once, my feet were complaining at the end of the day - but I overpronate so I need support. When I'm out and about I do a lot of walking as well, and I stick to Blundstone boots (902 and 500) or Dansko clogs (the one that looks like a demented Chelsea boot... I forget the model name.) If I'm going to be meeting a client after a lot of walking, it's usually shoes by Mephisto or Finn Comfort.
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Hey Pete, funny enough I just picked up a pair of the exact same Prada loafers today though in the color of the photo you linked. I actually got mine for under the $100 mark, but must say they are well worth more than what I paid for they are one of the most comfortable shoes I now own (right along side a pair of MOMA slip-ons I have). If anyone is searching for a pair of driving loafers these have my recommendation. I even have a pair of Tod's for Ferrari, and the Prada's are much better. Also they easily go with jeans Kent, as long as the jeans are more straight leg, since their style is more edgy. Perfect for a twenty-something. Anyway thought I'd share.. .. ..
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I'm glad you like them. They are great shoes. Funny thing... I was just a Barneys in NYC last week and they are still producing the same shoe in your color and mine for this season... Retail priced well over $300. They didn't change the style at all. I know you'll enjoy them. Cheers, Pete
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