Here’s a question for the drivers/car owners out there:
Now, “driving shoes” don’t have to be as P.R.O as what F1 drivers wear, nor do they have to be those leather slipper-like driving shoes with rubber nubs on the bottom. It is good enough (for the purpose of my question) to have a pair of shoes, flip flops, slippers etc that is designated for day-to-day driving. I am purposely ignoring real racing shoes/boots as most people do not drive their cars competitively. 😉
For most people, driving shoes are probably not a necessity (but do participate in the poll perhaps I am wrong? hehe). However, they are a “nice to have” item for a couple of reasons:
1. Assuming that the driving shoes are only used for driving (and not walking about), the car interior will be kept cleaner. Muddy or sandy shoes could be placed in a bag in the boot (or passenger seat).
2. For the high heel wearing folk, driving shoes make things infinitely easier. The seat will not have to be adjusted to accommodate the heel and subsequently lengthened leg. I don’t know about others, but I have found it quite necessary to adjust the seat when wearing platforms or a heel that exceeds 3 inches in height.
3. Your “nice” shoes will be thankful, especially suede and patent leather shoes. By wearing driving shoes, your nice shoes will be saved from scuff marks.
4. Assuming the shoe has a thin enough sole, better pedal feel. (Although I don’t know how many “average drivers” care about this…)
Which brings me to the meat of this post (AT LAST. Praise the Lord, I am long winded today)… a Tod’s x Ferrari collaboration has come to my attention. These have actually been out for quite awhile, YEARS in fact. Forgive me, but I don’t really pay attention to Ferrari products (quelle horreur~) nor Tod’s shoes.
The Tod’s x Ferrari driving shoes range in price depending on the material ($365USD – $428USD on ferrari.com). They are also available in a small selection of colors including
obnoxious Ferrari Red.
The insoles are also Ferrari inspired, though the inspiration varies from model to model.
Let me know what you think about driving shoes in general and these Ferrari babies as well. 😉 For those that do wear “driving shoes”, what do you think about them? Would you consider designer or racing ones?
As for me, I am far too lazy for driving shoes. Despite having a pair of beater flat shoes in the boot, I usually drive in whatever shoes I am wearing that day (including heels). And yes… some of my shoes are worn from wearing them whilst driving. A perfect excuse to go shopping for another pair perhaps? 😉
Perez was a little tough to spot, but he was there at the Ferrari Driver’s Academy on September 15th. If I was there, the hypothetical interview might go something like this:
My follow-up question would be: So… you look a little uncomfortable in red. Does it hurt your eyes?
Perez might say: Well… I’m used to the plainest overalls on the grid you know…
Oh dear. I did it again. Ferrari makes it way too easy to for me to poke fun at their signature color.
Poor Pat Fry, most of the photos I see of him lately are quite serious or squinty looking. His retinas are constantly assaulted by Ferrari Red after all. Just take a look in that garage: Wouldn’t you be dizzy too after being exposed to so much red… everywhere?
I think Pat and Stefano need to have a serious talk. =X
We all know that the Ferrari team just loves its team colors to death. They will use any chance they get to make our eyes bleed from excessive red and white. I have seen various models of Ferrari sunglasses, but I had not seen these red and white wayfarers before*. I’m glad I haven’t seen these sunglasses until now because they are pretty ugly! I hope Ferrari provided Smedley with these sunglasses, because the thought of paying for them is vaguely unsettling.
Perhaps I will set up a poll for 2010’s ugliest pair of sunglasses in F1.
* thanks to Twitter user @eggomolettee for bringing this fab photo to my attention.
PS I’m blogging from the plane… Way to be productive right? 😀
While Big Daddy D’s new-ish glasses are a major upgrade from his old rimless frames, I had mentioned that he should consider changing it up since Norbert Haug has a similar frame.
One possibility I hadn’t considered was contacts. What do you think, does Big Daddy D look better with glasses? Or should he look into getting some contact lenses? 😉
With the championship hotting up for the season… there are many other fights going on in F1. Of course, the Ugly Sunglasses Championship has been going on all season long. A different battle was fought in Suzuka, which I am eager to share with my readers. 😉
The points may be tied for WDC, but who will win the Battle of Bad Hair Days ?
Red Bull Racing vs. Ferrari
Nando likes to be #1 at everything. Before I had crowned him King of F1 (only for hair!), but it seems he can have another crown now. The crown for biggest messiest hair in F1 perhaps?
With that intense stare, it seems like Nando doesn’t agree with me. That hairstyle was “so intentional.” Yeah, whatever Nando.
Felipe Massa had the honor of cutting the Ferrari Red ribbon at the grand opening of the Ferrari store in Singapore yesterday. Aww, the ribbon even had prancing horses on it! We shouldn’t expect anything less from Ferrari. Even the sugar packets in the motorhome has the horse on it.
Massa looks constipated, poor him. Maybe it’s the time change? Nah… They’re supposed to be staying on Euro time anyways.
The new store is at the Marina Bay Sands. From my visits to my local Ferrari store, I find the merchandise to be kind of blah. My local sales associates are also overly pushy, aggressive, and great in number. Perhaps they are trying to mimic the feeling inside a F1 garage? I hope the experience at the Singapore Ferrari store will be better. 🙂