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What's the general consensus about Italian Driving shoes? I recall reading that they're a waste of money as they don't last?

I have a pair that are made in Spain by Leyva. Very comfortable, and they have lasted fairly well. They don't have the 'nubs' on the bottom, but rather a few rubber blocks.

Although my heavy gait has worn them down in the heels, I am hopeful that my cobbler may be able to build this back up for me.

Of course, they still working great for their intended purpose, namely driving sports cars very fast!
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But for this creaky old farang, I want a proper chair with a proper back.

Boy, what a curmudgeonly old prick I'm turning into.

Totally with you on this. To the point where on making lunch arrangements friends now joke 'will Ernesto approve of the furniture?'.
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As the Ancient Chinese curse says "may you live in interesting times."

Apocryphal.
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Apocryphal.

I know, Wallabies lost to the Poms.
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@Foxhound

 

IMHO, Italian driving shoes are to dress shoes as underwear are to (dress) pants.

 

Rather than drive wearing your C&J, Edward Greens, what have you, slip on some driving mocs and wear them out instead. From that perspective, they're cheap compared to the wear and tear that might otherwise be sustained by your nice shoes while driving. The bonus is that for many, they'll be more comfortable and provide some additional traction too, which possibly makes them a little safer to drive in.

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Oh, and to clarify, I wasn't referring to comfort overall. If nice dress shoes aren't comfortable, there is a problem. I just meant that for the job of driving, many will probably find it nicer/easier in an ultra soft, flexible shoe than in welted shoes.

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What do you do when you get to your destination and get out of the car looking like a bum in your comfortable driving shoes?
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Personally, put my nice shoes on before walking out of the car park. If anyone sees me wearing driving mocs in the car park, and I happen to know them, I have a damned good reason for wearing driving mocs. Nobody has ever questioned it though, and I've never felt the need to explain.

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@Foxhound

 

IMHO, Italian driving shoes are to dress shoes as underwear are to (dress) pants.

 

Rather than drive wearing your C&J, Edward Greens, what have you, slip on some driving mocs and wear them out instead. From that perspective, they're cheap compared to the wear and tear that might otherwise be sustained by your nice shoes while driving. The bonus is that for many, they'll be more comfortable and provide some additional traction too, which possibly makes them a little safer to drive in.

 

You take your trousers off to go driving?

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You take your trousers off to go driving?


Haha, that's a sly interpretation of my words, mcfox, and quite funny! I really did have a chuckle at that.

 

I think if we are to be completely literal, one might interpret my post to mean that I go driving in my underpants and upon arriving at my destination, I take off my underpants and put my (dress) pants on, commando style. Where this might leave my socks, I've not quite yet been able to work out.

 

One could also arrive at the interpretation that I wear driving mocs underneath my dress shoes when I go driving, but I suppose driving without pants is highly possible, if unlikely, whereas wearing two pairs of correctly sized shoes is of course impossible.

 

Now, wearing one dress shoe and one driving moc is another story...

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@Foxhound


IMHO, Italian driving shoes are to dress shoes as underwear are to (dress) pants.

Rather than drive wearing your C&J, Edward Greens, what have you, slip on some driving mocs and wear them out instead. From that perspective, they're cheap compared to the wear and tear that might otherwise be sustained by your nice shoes while driving. The bonus is that for many, they'll be more comfortable and provide some additional traction too, which possibly makes them a little safer to drive in.

Wait, you drive yourself?!
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post


Wait, you drive yourself?!

Yeah, I've not yet "made it" like all you established folks.:)

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Yeah, I've not yet "made it" like all you established folks.:)

 

It is just doublespeak for public transport. 

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Aunty Jane's wooden brolly. (Actually my wife's great-great-aunt, who was born in the19th century). Made in Britain maybe up to 100 years ago, restored by a Chilean artisan called Alicia Mora. Alicia is the only person still making umbrellas in Australia. The top pictures are the brolly as we found it when cleaning out our Nyah house. The bottom row shows Alicia's restoration.

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Wait, you drive yourself?!


I wouldn't let Smedley anywhere near the McLaren.

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In other news, I conquered my own personal Mount Everest on Sunday by performing all six of the Bach unaccompanied cello suites in a single concert.

 

This was at a private art gallery in Shanghai. We had a full house, very attentive audience they were too.

 

Now that I know it's within my range to do this, I'm thinking I might repeat the exercise in Melbourne some time. Maybe at the Meat Market in North Melbourne. (No, it's not a gay bar.)

 

As music goes, it probably doesn't have the immediate appeal of Bieber (that's Justin, not Carl Heinrich) or Gaga or Adele. But some people are hep to it.

 

And hey, waddayagunnerdo? Learn to sing? I think I'll just stick with what I know.

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