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Elise fans,

I am going to attempt to make the driving experence even better then just what the car can do. I am going to make driving the car a ritual and I need a good pair of driving only shoes! I saw some shoes at the mall yesterday in the steve maden store that looked EXactly like some of the driving shoes I spoted at the last driving event I went to, but I think I want some real drivers shoes. Any idea's where and what I should look at?

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Piloti>>>

Have been wearing for track use for years...very comfortable and great for heal/toe driving...great shoe...have now the DTM model

<img src="http://www.piloti.com/images/largeshoe/dtm3-2.jpg">
 

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Pilotis are really a hybrid shoe, but of course you make tradeoffs for everyday usability and optimal pedal feel. You can't really wear either the Pilotis or Pumas if you expect to wear something business casual, so invest in some leather mocassins and some Pumas to wear with jeans. Best compromise shoe I have found is the Puma Toure, which is a hybrid between the race cats and street shoes, but leans towards the race cats.

Tods are very nice indeed, but with everyday use, the leather bottoms starts to become abraded by the floor, despite the rubber cleats. Somewhat of a problem with most leather mocs.
 

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Puma Mostro if your feet aren't long and narrow like the H-streets or the Speedcats. I think that the H-street and Mostro actually have more sensitive soles than the "racing" shoes.

H-streets are incredibly light, even in leather. The Mostros are a little heavier than that.
 

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For autocross and track days I have Pilotis just because they are so narrow as the pedals in my Seven are VERY close together! But, I agree the soles are think and the feel not as good as say Simpson!
 

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I have a great pair of Nike wrestling shoes. Virtually the same as driving shoes but you can go to the sports depot to try them on.
 

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I have a pair of Piloti Mulholand and I really dislike them. The front of the foot if very wide. My toes just swim up there. It's not a very well designed shoe.

My current favorite is a pair of Cole Haan. They are nice a snug with nubbed soles. Fantasitc

I plan on picking up a pair of Puma Speedcats next time I am at the mall.

 

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I use these Pyrotect shoes in my Elise:



Pretty good. One 'problem' area though is that they do not have a little rubber 'wrapround' on the right side of the right shoe to make H&T easier by providing grip on the throttle to 'blip' it.

Other than that I'm very happy with 'em..

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I have the simpsons as well.

Ugly as hell, and I wouldn't recommend picking up your date wearing them, but good for track events. . . . makes it a bit easier to modulate the pedals.
 

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Noted in the catalog I just received from
The Sportsman's Guide - www.sportsmansguide.com - Orvis Leather (Road Mocs) driving shoes in a Chocolate Brown ' 2-lace up' Moccasin style consisting of suede leather uppers and leather lined inside. The price was $49.97 (Buyer's Club $44.97) . If you go to their site look up CX4X-81385X to see the shoe and get full details.
 

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Since I only do AutoX, I went the less expensive route and purchased a good pair of Adidas wrestling shoes. They were only 30 bucks at the local Sports Authority and have great pedal feel. They look very similar to true driving shoes, but don't have nomex lining.

If this isn't an option, I would seriously consider OMP as I have only heard good things about them.
 

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Based on the recommendation here I hunted down a pair of the Puma Speed Cats. I'm wearing them now (for the second day). I have quite narrow feet and I'm really happy with the way these fit. I've got my "Simplify" T-shirt and Speed Cats on and carry a Lotus keyfob. I need this car.
 

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AutoXr said:
Since I only do AutoX, I went the less expensive route and purchased a good pair of Adidas wrestling shoes. They were only 30 bucks at the local Sports Authority and have great pedal feel. They look very similar to true driving shoes, but don't have nomex lining.

If this isn't an option, I would seriously consider OMP as I have only heard good things about them.
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I like this idea! I was also considering a maden shoe which looks alot like the puma with a stiffer pad on the bottem of the foot since I may actually wear these shoes around...

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I just bought a pair of Speed Cats yesterday. I bought them at Nordstom, but at least on of the big sneaker chains (Foot Locker?) had them in stock.

p.s. They run quite small. I normally wear a 9.5 but needed a 10 in these.
 

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HI All,
Finally broke down and bought a pair of driving shoes, got them from racer wholesale @$59,95.

Very close to the pyrotects I used to have. Look a bit boy racerish but think they'll work out ok.
Chris
 

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