Travel by Road Trip: The Shoe Factor

by Elena on September 7, 2012 in Toyota Womens Influencer Network,Travel

Road trips are a popular travel choice for many families and individuals. Some like the feel of the road. Some like the cost savings differential between flying and driving. Some like road trips because you do not have to worry about travel sizes, liquids in your carry-on luggage, or the weight of your suitcase.  But unless you are a seasoned road tripper….you may, like me, be forgetting a crucial element to making your road trip a success.

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The shoes.

Yes, the shoes.  You see, I took a mother daughter road trip in August and thought about all the clothes that Principessa and I would need for our mother daughter fun in Philadelphia. We packed light since we were only gone for a few days.  I thought about what shoes would be comfortable for walking and still look, ever so slightly fashionable.

It was not until we were an hour into the non moving traffic that I realized….my shoes were not great for driving. The heel was not high but was apparently at too steep of an angle and just was not comfortable. I don’t love to drive in my running shoes either, and flip flops…seem too flimsy to feel in control. Because apart from being good for driving, you never know when you might want to explore the off the beaten paths that you might find by getting off the highway every now and then.

The more I thought about it, the more I wondered….what are the right shoes? Are flip flops the key? Or another flat shoe? What about the TOD’S flats that I remember loving that had the little “bumps” on the heel (that are um, actually called, “driving shoes”?

So I did a little research (on twitter of course!) to find out what shoes people prefer to wear while taking long road trips.

  • Thea Miller Ryan gave a nod to Birkenstock sandals because they are easy to slip on and off.
  • Wendy Bradford from Mama One to Three from  emphasized making road trips easy with Converse slip ons.
  • Jodi from Jodifur had several favorites ranging from flip flops to Toms Ballet Flats to Uggs.
  • Shell from Things I Can’t Say and Kristi from Live and Love Out Loud professed a love of driving barefoot. (Shell even investigated, thanks to Google whether or not it was legal to drive barefoot–although we would never want to give out legal advice, it appears that there are no legal implications to driving with bare feet, unless you live in California).
  • Katherine from Somewhere in the Middle emphasized NO heels or hunting boots while driving during long road trips.
  • Although Suebob from Suebob’s Red Stapler might appreciate handmade leather Italian driving shoes, she is content with the reality of her sneakers too.

Maybe the car should define the best type of driving shoe?  Somehow a Toyota Prius driving shoe seems like it should be different from a Toyota Venza driving shoe or even a Toyota FJ Cruiser driving shoe.  Right? Or not.  Maybe what makes a good driving shoe is that it is appropriate for speed, luxury, eco friendly, or all terrain driving?

I suppose I should start thinking about which shoes I will take with me at the end of the month when my next road trip takes me up and down the California coast line….either that or maybe I will convince someone else to do the driving while I sit in the passenger seat taking in the sites, wearing whatever shoes happen to be on my feet.

(Speaking of road trips, did you know that Toyota teamed up with the Audubon Society to create some fabulous “exit the highway” itineraries to explore?)

What about you? What are your driving preferences when it comes to shoe wear?

Ciao Mom


This post was inspired by my participation in the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network.  Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.

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angela September 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

On really long drives I do find myself taking off my shoes every once in a while. I prefer to be the passenger, though :)

wendy @ mama one to three September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

yes, “driving” moccasins from TOD’S! that’s the stuff!

Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud September 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

Love this! I’ve been a barefoot driver since day one and I don’t think I’ll ever be broken of this habit. The only exception? I won’t remove sneakers while driving. (I’m too paranoid that my feet might smell. lol)

Keven Salvatore September 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

This is very dangerous like picture for road trips. But i like road trips too.

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles September 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

I prefer sneakers for long drives but have been known to throw flip flops in my bag or car for the ride home after standing in heels for hours at a time.

hchybinski September 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

my favorite driving shoes – none – I love to drive barefooted!


Kate, aka guavalicious September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Love this! I sometimes drive barefoot which I know is a big no-no.

ConnieFoggles September 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I start out with sandals as I’m a Florida girl then may slowly slip them off and end up barefooted. Since I don’t know either if it’s legal, let’s keep this to ourselves, k?

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