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Old 03-20-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Driving shoes and gloves

Ok this is a bit off topic, but I figured it would be a good question. Do any of you guys use driving shoes and gloves? is there a big difference over tennis shoes? Do the gloves just grip better? I mean they must do something because there are huge markets for them, but I would liked to know some of your experiences.

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Old 03-20-2017, 12:57 PM   #2
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I always wear gloves to prevent my hands from slipping. You can get inexpensive Nomex USAF Pilots Gloves ( I like these as they are Single Layer, so not too thick)

Shoes? A Driving Shoe will have a thinner sole so the "feel" should be better.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:34 PM   #3
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I have both. The shoes have a sole optimized for use in a car, eg thin to feel input from the pedals and a heel that doesn't catch on the floor. They are also snug like soccer shoes to prevent them from being too bulky and are 3/4 over the ankles for secure fit/support. I don't worry about them slipping off. There is also likely fire resistance.

Gloves are great if its really hot (sweaty) or cold (for warmth). Again, fire resistance.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:49 PM   #4
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No one makes a racing shoe that fits my feet.

13 / 4E Its the width that kills it every time.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:32 PM   #5
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I use RaceQuip shoes and gloves, pretty inexpensive. I also have a pair of Pumas that are the same fit and weight as my driving shoes. I use them for around town stuff, because I'd look like a dork wearing driving shoes then....
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:09 PM   #6
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My driving shoe... love em... ECCO Intrinsic Knit Sneaker.

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Old 03-20-2017, 09:31 PM   #7
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If you can, go to a place that will let you try the gloves on while in your car. I did this and I'm glad I did, some suede gloves were really slippery on my wheel. I went with a rubber palmed glove that really grips the wheel. Not saying that's the kind of glove to go with, because your results could differ.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:21 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input guys. Do you know a shop that is in the Fort Wayne Indiana ish area that would let me try on boots and gloves?
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:39 PM   #9
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Why not try out some driving moccasins? No fire resistance, but do you need fire resistant shoes for track days? Honestly asking... lol
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HPDE usually only requires that you wear long pants, and any closed toe shoes.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:16 PM   #11
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I have Oakley Shoes and Gloves... havent tried them in the car yet, been raining a lot, will say in my PC racing sim rig , shoes made a big difference in the brake pedal feel. Don't use the gloves in the sim
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:13 AM   #12
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Try wrestling shoes if you don't need fire resistance. Seriously, the most comfortable solution I've found. Absolutely fantastic way to go. I used to use Piloti shoes, but wrestling shoes are not nearly as hot, provide great feel and when you buy off-season I usually never pay more than half price.
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RJS RACING is a good place to buy racing shoes and gloves. The shoes have a bit wider toe box and are very comfortable. I bought size 14/ee and they work well. The gloves I bought from them have a suede palm and the inside f the fingers are also suede.
Makes holding on to the steering wheel very easy.
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:47 AM   #14
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Try wrestling shoes if you don't need fire resistance. Seriously, the most comfortable solution I've found. Absolutely fantastic way to go. I used to use Piloti shoes, but wrestling shoes are not nearly as hot, provide great feel and when you buy off-season I usually never pay more than half price.
This is absolutely true and a great point. I have bought wrestling shoes for driving before and they work beautifully.
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