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  1. Hasegawa Ayane
    March 4, 2012

    If I’m driving, I usually pick shoes that are comfortable enough to drive in. If I happen to be wearing shoes that have soles too thick or high heels, then I’ll change into a more comfortable pair for driving then change back later on because I do find that it makes quite a difference— I really can’t feel the pedal 😛

    I have a friends who always drives barefooted and makes it a point to keep her pedals ‘clean’ haha XD

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      The only time I can’t “feel” the pedal is when I’m wearing platform heels… but that hasn’t happened in a while :)

  2. beetrice
    March 4, 2012

    I’m one of those barefoot drivers! 😛 It’s become second nature for me to slip off my right shoe the minute I get in the driver’s seat (unless it’s not my car). As for changing to different shoes outside of work, I usually wear flats or Fitflops to work and then change to heels for meetings simply because of the amount of walking and balancing (in the MRT) required in Singapore – I’ve always wondered how women who wear skyscraper heels and take public transport manage.. :O
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    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      I tried it once, driving barefoot. I can’t remember the circumstance, but I do recall that it felt hot! If I lived in SG or anywhere I had to commute to work, I’d definitely switch shoes too. I am always amazed when I see people walking around in heels all day and up and down subway stairs!

  3. LeGeeque
    March 4, 2012

    You’re actually prohibited from driving in flip flops or high heels in Victoria! I found out inadvertently when I was carpooling to Ballarat one day with a group of guys. They looked at my heels in horror and demanded for the carkeys. It is understandably a safety issue and I have a pair of flats just for this reason.

    As for switching shoes after work, I have done it a couple of times but it’s mainly because of the wretched weather that I switch to my wellies. Like you, most of my heels are comfortable enough for long days

    • Myranya
      March 4, 2012

      It’s a myth that driving barefoot is illegal in Australia. (or in US, UK, Canada, for that matter). See this form thread, post halfway down by SirLex, he wrote each territory’s traffic dept and found proof it’s not illegal. Yes you should be in control of the vehicle, but that goes for any kind of footwear, or other clothing for that matter. If a loose scarf blows in your face with the window open and causes you to lose control of the vehicle, you can get a fine too; that doesn’t mean scarves are illegal! http://phorums.com.au/archive/index.php/t-146990.html Also in this Courier Mail article, an insurance research director says “Shoes with thin soles and low heels are safest when driving. However Mr McDonald said driving barefoot was safer than wearing bad footwear.”

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Well I didn’t know that! I do agree that sometimes, it can be quite dangerous driving in heels because the angle of your foot can be off when it comes to emergency braking. But what’s the rationale with flip flops?

  4. rinnah
    March 4, 2012

    When I first started driving I had slippers in my car and used to change. Later on, I learned how to drive with heels. 😛 but if I’m driving long distances, I prefer flats as it’s more comfortable.

    Never did learn the art of walking long distances in heels though so if I’m walking, flats or very low heels it’ll be.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      I have a bad habit where if I have a comfy pair of work heels, that I can wear and walk around in, I wear them to death. Its quite silly because then I have to go hunt down another pair of comfy heels! 😛

  5. Applegal
    March 4, 2012

    I used to drive to work in my heels but I got the same wear problem! I’ve switched to wearing slippers in the car when I drive. It’s a lot more comfortable. Funnily enough I can drive with sport shoes and my dressy high heels (that one was out of desperation, was late and had to speed to get to a wedding), but I can’t seem to drive with my work shoes 😛 The worse I think are thick platform shoes. I’ve heard of people not being able to feel the difference between the brake and the accelerator because of those shoes!! 😛

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Actually, I don’t like driving in slippers but flats are better for me. Maybe I should get one of those driving moccasins 😀 I remember about the platform shoes warning that was given a while ago. I do agree with it in a way, because it does become hard to estimate pressure and pedals if they are too high and too thick :)

  6. Yiying
    March 4, 2012

    I can drive in either heels or flat but I still change to slipper when I wana start driving as I dun like my base of right shoe wear off so quickly. it looks different frm the other.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Haha yep! That wearing off of the heel is starting to bug me. Maybe I should start practising this :)

  7. Sam
    March 4, 2012

    I drive in either. For very high heels, I usually bring a pair of flats though. I also have a pair of trainers in my car for long walks or unexpected shoe breakages!
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    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      That’s a smart move! I better keep a pair of flats in my car for such emergencies. I used to have a pair but I’m not sure where they are now 😛

  8. Swati
    March 4, 2012

    I always prefer flats to heels so its flats for me anytime :)
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    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Another vote for flats! :)

  9. Kari
    March 4, 2012

    When I first started out I drove in only flats, but lately changing has been a hassle (I’m always in a hurry). I invested in pretty flats, but when I want the height, I’m okay with driving in wedges! As for heels, I still do change them when I get in the car :)

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Teehee but why do you change heels and not wedges? :)

      • Kari
        March 6, 2012

        for some reason, wedges feel more stable to me even when driving! haha 😀

  10. Michelle Beh
    March 4, 2012

    I will just stick to whatever shoes I wear that time while driving unless the heel shoes are hurting my heel..haha!!

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      If my heels are hurting my feet, I can still drive in them, but walking is a totally different matter altogether! :)

  11. Jenn
    March 4, 2012

    I take off my shoes too when I drive… I feel more comfortable that way! 😀 As for changing shoes after work, i will change into flats or slippers if i know i will be doing alot of walking (eg. shopping spree). Otherwise, I just wear whatever I wore to the office.
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  12. Jyoan
    March 4, 2012

    I don’t drive. But yes, we were taught that it is dangerous to drive in heels. And I think I would change out into flats or drive barefooted, because of safety reasons.

    Also, I think that would take of some stress of having to tilt my foot in that angle of the heel for long.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Actually, I don’t get uncomfortable driving in heels – maybe I’ve just gotten used to the angle and adjust accordingly. Sometimes, I find it more dangerous driving in slippers because the flat back can slip and get “stuck” so I usually still prefer driving in a closed back shoe

  13. Giddy tigress
    March 4, 2012

    I drive in whatever shoes I wear. However, I hv experimented with barefoot driving and found that I don’t like it. Not sure why…maybe the effect of shoe on pedal is not there.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      I found my feet got very hot and uncomfortable driving bare foot. Had to do it once, but can’t make it a habit :)

  14. ishi
    March 4, 2012

    Years ago, due to work and for practicality reasons I started wearing flat shoes like those Rockport brogues and ankle length boots, all in black. After years of these flat shoes I found that I cannot wear high heels anymore, because the flexor muscle just would not stretch. As the brogues and boots are comfortable for walking, standing and driving, there is no need to change, which is not such a bad deal because although they are expensive, I save quite a bit by having half as many shoes.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      That’s interesting Ishi. I have heard of people who wear heels so much that their muscle can’t stretch the other way, so they are stuck wearing heels forever! A friend told me about a lady in her 70s who had to wear heels even in the house!

  15. lovelygirl
    March 4, 2012

    When driving i will take out my shoes….barefoot that is (pls don’t laugh), easy and comfortable to handle the pedals.

    I choose heels and wedges….. High of confidence when wearing them….. No,no,no to flats.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Not laughing :) You seem to have a lot of company in barefoot driving! 😀

  16. Rin
    March 4, 2012

    Hi! I can drive in whatever shoes I wear. Be it flats, flip flops, heels or boots. Everything is fine. Except if they’re kinda high than the usuals that I wear, I’ll always hv a pair of comfy shoes to change to.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      You sound pretty much like me Rin :)

  17. Hanny Daforcena
    March 4, 2012

    If I’m wearing my “Mega-Tower” heels (my Forever21 platform heel sandals), I’d wear my slippers while driving in the car. However for heels 3 inch and below, I usually drive with them hahaha.
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    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Yeah I don’t drive in my platform wedges either because I can’t feel the pedals. But then I don’t wear them anymore so its pretty much a moot point :)

  18. lazeny
    March 4, 2012

    I always wear my Birkenstocks when driving. I always bring a pair every where I go and then just change to high heels. If I have to walk long distances I wear my Birkenstocks and just bring my shoes with me. It can look funny especially when I’m wearing a dress but I don’t really care now. High heels wreaked havoc on my foot and legs, I only wear them if it’s absolutely necessary.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Sounds like me and my Fitflops :) I don’t change them when driving but I try to have a pair on standby if I know I’m going to have to do a lot of walking because at least they’re comfortable! 😀

  19. Denise
    March 4, 2012

    I’m not a very good driver and I just recently learned and got my license. I almost always wear rubber shoes when I drive so in case I do have to wear heels, I’m 100% sure I’ll change into more comfortable shoes.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      I think that’s a smart thing you’re doing :) Once you are more confident driving, I’m sure you’ll find out the type of footwear that suits you better :)

      • Denise
        March 5, 2012

        Haha, but I think I’m a rather poor driver in general (no talent at all!) and driving a manual transmission vehicle makes me look even worse. Hope I can use the automatic one so I can eventually be better! Then I’ll think about shoes :)

      • Paris B
        March 7, 2012

        Oh you will Denise! Driving, as with everything comes with lots of practice :) I actually like driving manual cars – it just feels nicer to drive but in the city you definitely need an automatic one or your legs will die in a traffic jam 😛

  20. passerby
    March 4, 2012

    im barefooted driver (inherit it from mum!) :) cos i can feel the ‘pressure’ on d pedal n applied necessary ‘force’ to accelerate or brake :)

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Quite a few barefooted drivers in here! 😀

  21. Esther
    March 4, 2012

    It’s a bit silly, but I always kick off my shoes when I’m driving – barefoot is the way to go! I chalk it down to me being a bit paranoid of my shoes getting stuck and jamming a pedal. :p

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      Eeks! Another barefoot driver! LOL 😀 Don’t you find it gets hot? I find it does which is why I can’t drive barefooted and it feels a bit off 😛

      • Esther
        March 5, 2012

        Huh, I never really notice, now that I think of it! I guess I’ve gotten used to the heat?

        I usually wear easily-removed heels, slippers and sandals though – I reckon if I start wearing boots, this would become pretty inconvenient. xD

  22. Celine
    March 4, 2012

    I change to a pair of sandals or flats when I drive, as I’ve experienced the heels being caught in the mat/carpet. It’s easier driving an automatic transmission car though as one does not need to use the clutch pedal. As I also use public transportation to work, I also have a pair of heels or comfortable work shoes at the office to change in. I can’t imagine how some can work in their heels on the streets and also balance themselves on the trains. When I first started using public transportation and was walking in a comfortable pair of 2″ heel court shoes, my toes were cramped at the end of the day.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      I must agree with you Celine. With an auto transmission, I think its quite easy to drive in either heels or flats. But in a manual transmission car, its much more advisable to wear flats or at the very least, something very comfortable… especially when stuck in a jam 😛 When I used to take the public transport many years ago, I would trek around in 1.5 inch heels. Those days are gone (thankfully) 😛

  23. Amanda
    March 4, 2012

    I always keep a pair of flats in my car because I can never drive in my heels. Since I live so near to the office, I walk everyday – even if it’s snowing. That tells you I do wear different shoes when I’m in the office 😉 In summers, I walk in my flats. In snowy winters, I walk in my Sorel boots and change into heels when I’m at work. If the heels are 2″ or below, I’ve no problems walking in them the entire day but most of my heels are 3″ or over.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      If I lived somewhere where I could walk to work, or take the public transport, I would! And I would then wear different shoes to work too so my heels don’t wear out too quickly :)

  24. Brigita Amanda
    March 5, 2012

    Well, Im a high-heel user, but I never drive in heels, in fact Im driving bare-foot.
    Usually, I wear slipper to my car and bring my pretty shoes on shoes-bag. I’ll change my slipper my heels when I’m arrive. I walk and work in heels, but couldnt drive with it; not even with slipper :p

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      LOL yet another bare footed driver 😀

  25. Honey
    March 5, 2012

    My mom taught me Rule #1 for driving – you must be able to hop into a car and drive with whatever shoes you have on! This is to cater for emergencies in the event that you have to run (or drive) for your life. Something like when I learnt to play the organ where you have foot pedals, my teacher made us practice with shoes on. Good advice. I never have to change shoes unlike lots of people I know.

    Great topic for discussion by the way. Read a lot of interesting comments.

    • Paris B
      March 5, 2012

      I like your Mom’s rule! I have to agree too and back in the day when I was playing the piano, going for exams was hell because I had to wear shoes, but I’d be practising at home in my bare feet! It always felt wrong – its no wonder I never did very well LOL!

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