6 Shoes You Should Never Wear While Driving

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There are all sorts of things you shouldn’t be doing while driving. But when talking about the dangers of eating, wearing headphones, or doing makeup in your car, it can be easy to forget what a crucial role your feet play in operating a car. According to Laura Adams, a safety and education analyst at Driver’sEd.com, “an often-overlooked safety preparation that drivers can take to reduce the chances of getting into a deadly car crash is simple: Wear the right shoes.” And to do that, you need to know what the wrong shoes are. These are types of shoes you should avoid wearing while driving.


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Flip-flops hit several different hazardous marks when it comes to driving. Most importantly, flip-flops, more than any other shoe, have the potential to just come right off. “The concern with [these types] of footwear is the chance of the sole getting caught or stuck under the pedal or even sliding off the person’s foot while driving,” explains Ronit Tehrani, one of the owners of Driven2Drive, Pennsylvania’s largest driving school and license testing company. “[This] is highly unsafe and dangerous, especially if…one needs to apply either the brakes or gas pedal at a moment’s notice.” Flip-flops also completely lack any ankle support. And it’s not just flip-flops; you should probably avoid driving while wearing any type of sandals or shoes with no back. Flip-flops might be the most likely to fully come off, but the less secure fronts of any type of sandal have the potential to get stuck under a pedal.


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If you’re making a nighttime run to the store just down the block, and are tempted to just make the drive in your slippers, well, think again. Slippers hold the same potential dangers as sandals: They’re not secured around your ankle and could (as their names suggest) slip right off your feet at any time. In addition to unsafe driving practices, learn more things you should never do to your car.

High wedges/platform shoes

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While shoes with tiny, thin heels present problems, so, too, do particularly large, chunky shoes. Thin shoe soles keep your feet as close to the pedals as possible, making them better suited to helping your feet gauge the proper amount of force needed to work the pedals. Therefore, driving with very thick-soled shoes, like wedges, platform shoes, or even heavy boots, “could cause you to miss a pedal, press two pedals at the same time, or use the wrong amount of pressure,” Adams says. And, of course, while driving, even making the slightest mistake can have catastrophic consequences under the right conditions. Regardless of what shoes you’re wearing, you should know how to deal with these 10 scary driving scenarios.

High heels

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Considering how cumbersome high heels are to walk in, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re not ideal driving shoes. “To maintain control of pedals, the heel of your foot must rest on the floor of your vehicle,” Adams says. When you’re wearing thin heels, your heel instead hovers over the floor of your vehicle, only making contact with the floor at a point with a tiny surface area. There are a few other drawbacks as well, including heels positioning your feet in an uncomfortable, unfamiliar position than what you’re used to and skinny heels’ potential to snag on your car’s floor mat. In addition, if the shoes have pointy toes, as many high heels do, “the shape and front of the shoe can make it difficult to apply the necessary pressure needed due to the limited surface area of the shoe,” explains Tehrani.

Brand-new shoes

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Here’s one that might be a little more surprising. To prevent nasty surprises while driving, you should make sure you know exactly how any shoes you wear feel on your feet before driving in them. Only when shoes are fully broken in should you trust them enough to drive in. What’s more, “certain types of new shoes may have a slippery sole until they’re worn in,” Adams warns. The last thing you want is for your shoe to slip off the pedal while you’re driving.

No shoes


You probably know that driving barefoot isn’t the safest choice. When you’re used to driving in shoes, driving without them can feel foreign, and that’s not what you want when operating a motor vehicle. “It requires you to put more pressure on the pedals than you usually do when wearing shoes,” Adams sums up. “That could affect your braking time, putting you at risk.” But Tehrani acknowledges that barefoot driving is actually a preferable option to driving with some of these other dangerous shoe options, especially if said shoes are particularly uncomfortable. Driving barefoot at least “allows one to have more control of the pedals and a direct feel for any deviations while applying pressure to the brake or gas pedal,” she explains. However, its other drawbacks make it risky enough that you should avoid it.

So what should you wear?

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There are a few things you want to have in any shoe that you wear while driving. You want your foot to be fully enclosed and secure in the shoe, and your heel should be firmly touching the ground to provide enough “leverage and pressure,” per Adams. “That’s the main problem with many of the other shoes,” she explains. “They don’t allow your heel to make good contact with the floor of the car.” You also want good ankle support and relatively thin soles, factors that “[ensure] that you can apply the right amount of pressure on pedals,” says Adams. A wide toe box also provides safer pedal operation than a narrow one. Some good options for driving shoes are sneakers, (comfortable) flats, and loafers; some shoes like these are even specifically designed for driving.

Driving somewhere where wearing shoes like that is just not an option? Both Adams and Tehrani advise that a pair of comfortable, vehicle-friendly shoes is one of the things you should always keep in your car because then you’ll always have a backup if you’re wearing shoes that are less ideal for driving. Before you get in the driver’s seat, swap out your footwear so that you’re good to go. Make sure you stick your discarded shoes in the backseat or trunk, though; don’t leave them under your own seat to potentially get wedged under a pedal.


11 Of The Best Men’s Shoes To Wear Without Socks That Won’t Smell

11 Of The Best Men's Shoes To Wear Without Socks That Won't

Warm weather means it’s time to swap your shoes and say goodbye to bulky boots and hello to sandals, boat shoes and slip-on sneakers. Some guys who really want to free their feet this season might even dare to go sockless, but there is a catch.

Wearing sneakers without socks in the summer always sounds like a good idea — until it isn’t. Between the sweltering heat and extra outdoor time, bare feet can get sweaty and smelly quick. That is, only if you’re wearing the wrong shoes.

If you’re looking to forgo socks with your footwear, the key is to look for sneakers that are made with breathable materials like canvas, leather or wool. It helps to have an antimicrobial lining to prevent bacteria or odor buildup. Machine-washable shoes are a winning idea because you can easily toss them in the laundry when they get too mucky.

To help you on your sockless journey, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best men’s shoes you can wear without socks that won’t leave your feet sweaty or smelly. And if you want more of our editor-sourced products and reviews, sign up for HuffPost’s sales and deals newsletter.

Take a look below:

  • Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox

    These Converse have a canvas upper, canvas lining and cushioned footbed.Find them for $50 at Zappos.

  • Sperry Authentic Original

    These Sperry shoes have a leather upper and dri-lex sock liner.Find them for $95 at Zappos.

  • TOMS Classic Canvas

    These TOMS have a canvas upper, breathable textile lining and suede leather footbed.Find them for $48 at Zappos.

  • Nike Revolution 4

    These Nikes have a mesh upper and fabric lining.Find them for $60 at Zappos.

  • Vans Authentic Core Classics

    These Vans have a canvas upper and cotton lining.Find them for $50 at Zappos.

  • Rockport Ports of Call Perth

    These Rockports have a leather upper and moisture-wicking suede lining. Find them for $110 at Zappos

  • Allbirds Men’s Wool Loungers

    These Allbirds are made with moisture-wicking wool and are machine washable.Find them for $95 at Allbirds.

  • adidas Running UltraBOOST

    These adidas shoes have a knit textile upper and foam insole.Find it for $179 on Zappos.

  • Keds Pro-Keds Royal Lo Classic Canvas

    These Keds have canvas uppers, a breathable fabric lining and foam footbed.Get them for $60 at Zappos.

  • Dockers Beacon

    These Dockers have a nubuck and mesh upper with a breathable fabric lining.Find them for $60 on Zappos.

  • Sanuk Rounder

    These Sanuks have a canvas upper and lining.Find them for $52 at Zappos.

  • New Balance M990V4

    These New Balances have leather upper and fabric lining.Find them for $165 on Zappos.


Kolkata gets a one-stop-shop for affordable designer Western wear at Atrium


ATRIUM is the city’s new address dedicated to luxury Western wear at affordable prices, something that the city desperately needed. Tavishi Kanoria, the young owner of Citrine, a multi-designer fashion boutique on Shakespeare Sarani, tapped into the fashion pulse of the city, and started the new luxury wear store with her sister Parthivi, last month. “Citrine was already fetching a good response, but we felt the need to stock more designers and create a separate space dedicated to Western wear. We wanted to tap a market that is untapped, as it has great potential. Hence Atrium was born,” avers 27-year-old Tavishi, adding that the venture is purely passion-driven.

The 2,500 sq ft store is a one-stop- shop for everything from LBDs to easy casual wear to fun brunch outfits, at affordable prices. “Atrium offers affordable luxury brands, and though designerwear can make a big hole in your pocket, we generally keep a cap on the pricing. So you can get everything within Rs 25,000,” says Tavishi, who completed her business studies from Babson College, Massachusetts. The latest collection at Atrium includes statement cowl tops and dresses by Harsh Harsh, stunning resort wear with quirky prints by Masaba, gorgeous flowy and dramatic gowns by Rippii Sethi and Lakme Fashion Week brands like Ezra and Swatee Singh. For casual summer wear, you can choose from breezy printed cotton dresses by The Jodi Life or embroidered cotton dresses by Irabira. Kai’s swimwear and resort wear has a riot of pop colours tin her collection, and it’s something that the city has been looking for. The embellished monokini, bandeau swimsuit, wrap swim-dress, crossover monokini and high-waisted bikini are perfect for private pool parties. The cover-ups too were equally stunning with lace, mesh and crochet. Tavishi, who happens to be a gifted painter and was also into Oddissi, says, “First, we keep in mind the affordability factor. Secondly, our collection is trendy and on par with all the latest fashion so you will find ruffles, tassels, organza, asymmetrical cuts, shimmery dresses, monochromes and more. Further, we concentrate on good quality fabric. We then try to keep designers who are flexible in customising and who are reliable with the delivery date.” Tavishi further adds, “Atrium is for open-minded new-age progressive women but at the same time, our values are extremely traditional and conservative. That’s something that we haven’t left out in our curation”.