Sometimes, you just need a simple shoe. Something that slips on easily, looks great when (moderately) dressed up, and most importantly, is comfortable for long periods of time. Enter the driving shoe, a modern version of the moccasin, a shoe worn by the indigenous peoples of North America for generations. How should you wear this type of shoe? I’ve got all the answers you’re looking for below.

Go Sockless

When you’re wearing a driving shoe, you’re allowed to go sockless. They were made to accommodate a bare foot. Simply slip on a pair and head out for the afternoon. Worried about your driving shoes getting funky? If you HAVE to wear socks with them, break out the your finest pair of invisible/no-show socks. They’ll keep your feet covered without adding lines where you don’t want them. Also, keep your feet clean, and give your sockless shoes a break every so often.

Wondering whether to wear shorts or pants with your driving shoes? The answer: wear either. You can make these shoes look good both ways. They’re that versatile! The Cole Haan Grant Canoe Camp Moc driver is a great choice that would work with either shorts or pants.

Made for (You Guessed It…) DrivingpM8215chocolate_moose

Though the driving shoe is a descendant of the moccasin, the modern version of the shoe didn’t arrive until the early ‘60s, when wealthy gents in Italy began complaining that their everyday shoes were too bulky to allow for the type of control and responsiveness they wanted when driving. A special shoe was then constructed with rubber dots lining the sole, which allowed for better control and feel. As with most expensive things, they became more accessible and available at lower price points over time.

And, They’re Not Bad for Flying

A shoe you can wear without socks, that fits comfortably when driving long distances – what other great things could they possibly do? Actually, driving shoes are perfect to wear when flying. Since you can easily put them on or remove them, they’re great when going through security, and they allow a little “give” when you’re in the air and your feet are swelling. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Moc Drivers are a classic that will have you traveling in comfort.

Going for a Long Walk? Wear Another Pair

Though driving shoes can be worn for an evening out on the town, if that evening consists of hiking, or an extended walk around the city, consider an alternative. This shoe is ultimately made for hanging out, short walks, and of course, driving. They can wear down more quickly since they’re not made for strenuous use.

Wear When Working

Need a casual shoe for the office? Look no further than the driving shoe. It’s a great option for laid-back days when you have to be in the office, but don’t need to break out the dress chinos, dress shirt and blazer. The Rockport Oaklawn Suede Penny Loafer has the sole of a driver, the comfort of a slipper and style that will amp up any look!

Get Colorful

Don’t be afraid to let your driving shoes stand out! Incorporating brighter colors can look great when paired with a more modest look. Remember the chinos/dress shirt/blazer combination? Wear that combo in a darker blue and pair with some lighter, brighter, driving mocs, and you’re good to go!

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