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Best Drivers for the money?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dangolf1820, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. dangolf1820

    dangolf1820 Well-Known Member

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    What are some good options for drivers? I like the look of Ballys, but I don't want to drop $400+ for a pair? Tod's also look nice but they are rather expensive as well. I'm very into quality, so what would be a good quality pair for under $300?
     
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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Welcome to Styleforum. Does out-sourcing matter to you?
     
  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Driver and quality doesn't go we'll together. Just stick with eBay made in China drivers; they are as good as the name brand ones.
     
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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Though Chogall speaks blasphemy on the 'made in China' point, he speaks truth about lifespan. The China drivers will wear just as good as their high brow counterparts. Some of them may even look as good.
     
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    I've bought the same JCrew drivers for the past 4 summers..........can't go wrong, especially on sale.

    I also have some Cole Haan grant pairs that I get from the outlets for like $50..........have 3 different colors in suede.

    I don't see the point in spending more than $150 for drivers as they tend to take a beating - especially in the really hot months.
     
  8. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Good advice. Fins or Polo are good. I would aim for the ones with more robust soles (those rubber islands) rather than nubs, they will probably last longer and not deteriorate so quickly as the nubs used by the likes of Tods.
     
  9. allaboutshoes

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    Well depends really on how much of a driver you want and how much you want to spend. Instead of buying a driver with the dot bottoms (IE like Tods) that is basically disposable and cost $400, try to find something with a more substantial sole. I've seen a few from Cole Haan, Ecco In Nordstrom that ran about $150-$200. I also saw a another brand called Marc Joseph NY that mainly makes womens shoes for years (my mom wears them and swears by the comfort) but recently starting making Mens. Tried em on and had to buy them! Very comfortable and they wear great. Im usually very hard on my drivers and throw em out after a month of good wear but I already have these 6 months and they still look great and have plenty of life left. They also look great with jeans as well as dress slacks.
     
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  10. allaboutshoes

    allaboutshoes Senior member

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    Here's a pic. These are already 6 months old

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  11. Geezer

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    http://www.carshoe.com/uk/en/heritage

    A tad outside your price range, but the original Mostile 1963 driving shoes are still made, albeit by part of the Prada conglomerate, which is generally disliked on this forum.

    I confess I have never quite got the point of them. They seem to be "an answer to a question that no-one asked" ((c) the late Col Jeff Cooper).

    I presume Sebastian Vettel wears some kind of Nomex ankle boot. I cannot recall my own shoes ever slipping off the pedals of a variety of cars. And there is something risible about a man wearing Italian suede driving shoes and getting into a Civic, Prius or Camry. Or riding the subway.

    If someone can tell me that Stirling Moss or the late Jim Clark liked them, I shall consider revising my prejudices.
     
  12. allaboutshoes

    allaboutshoes Senior member

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    The Car Shoes have a dot bottom which IMO is disposable.
     
  13. Hotel Guy

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    Which cheap eBay drivers do you guys have experience with that are half decent?
     
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    If you driving a long trip or even 3 or 4 hours, It does not matter the type of car you drive. I wear them everytime I take a trip. If the weather is bad, I change shoes in the car.
     
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    Cheap is the way to go, If you are doing anything more than driving in them they tend to only last a summer or two. Nordstrom Rack usually has quite a few options for <$75.
     
  16. HughJ

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    This is my experience with them. I'm sure they are fine if you use them only for driving, but if you wear them as loafers, as many tend to, they are bloody awful. Uncomfortable and not durable. I sold mine at a great loss after a few wears.
     
  17. Adam Purcell

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    I had a pair of Borns that were dirt cheap, comfortable, looked decent and held up well (wore them while I was tromping around Cairo for a summer). Just checked out their site, they were kind of like these (http://www.bornshoes.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=8190) without the lacing.
     
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    I tend to agree with Geezer. They have a limited utility and they should only be worn when you are no more than 100 yards away from your Ferrari and you are about to drive from Turin to your holiday house in Como. As an alternative to loafers they are ill-suited and ghastly. Gianni Agnelli wore them with suits, but he also wore his watch over his shirt cuff. And we are not him. See article below.

    http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2012/05/driving-shoes.html
     
  19. Ianiceman

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    Slightly later than your stated vintage Geezer, but if you ever get to see the excellent Frankenheimer film 'Grand Prix' you will see that Jim Rockford et al seem to be wearing leather lace up over the ankle boots to race in, (along with their open face helmets and cotton overalls!)
     

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