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Footwear Expert Warns of Shoes Not to Wear When Driving This Winter

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We all know that when driving, it is of utmost importance to put safety first and follow the rules of the road. While some driving laws are common knowledge, others may be less known, such as what footwear is legally permitted when you are driving.

As cold snaps continue to impact UK weather, drivers may be unknowingly reaching for the wrong footwear to wear when it is cold. Experts in driving shoes and footwear brand Fairfax & Favor have put together some key advice for drivers. Charlie Cooke, a footwear expert from Fairfax & Favor, has offered the below guidance:

Avoid thick-soled boots

When the cold hits, it may feel more comfortable to wear boots and keep your feet protected and dry; however, when it comes to driving, this could be a costly mistake. Many winter boots have extremely thick soles, which help with comfort but aren’t always the most effective at controlling pedals when driving. The Highway Code, Rule 97, dictates against wearing footwear that could restrict your ability to use pedals correctly; failing to do so could lead to a fine up to £5,000. It is recommended to have shoes with a sole no thicker than 10mm and a sturdy material that is not too thin.

Be wary of high-ankle boots with limited flexibility

In the spirit of the aforementioned Highway Code Rule 97, high-rise boots are also not ideal driving footwear. High-ankle boots are great for keeping your ankles warm in winter but offer less movement and flexibility required for driving. You should test how much movement you have with your footwear before attempting to drive in high-ankle boots to be safe. 

Never drive in Wellington boots

Wellington boots are perfect for muddy and rainy environments, less so for the practicalities of driving. Renowned for their tall, waterproof silhouette, this footwear choice won’t give you the adequate grip or flexibility needed to control the foot pedals of your vehicle and should be avoided as a driving shoe choice.

Assess whether heeled boots are appropriate

A lot of winter shoe styles, such as tall boots, tend to include a heel, so be sure to assess the height of the heel of your footwear choice before taking to the road. Any heel of over two inches is likely impractical and unsafe. The height of the heel will dictate how your foot is positioned and reaches the pedals of your car, making a vast difference to your driving ability. Low heels are allowed according to the Highway Code, provided they don’t reduce your driving ability or safety. 

Switch to designated driving shoes from your winter boots

Designated driving shoes will be your best friend to ensure you are wearing the appropriate footwear when driving in any season. These shoes are tailor-made with exceptional grip and a flexible sole with added traction to help you control car pedals with ease. The silhouette of driving shoes makes them easy to slip on and off, so you can easily switch to your winter boots when getting in and out of your car with less fuss. You can keep these in your car for driving to give you versatility for changing shoes when needed.”

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