The Clutch Shoe for a Lead Foot
A seventies fashion staple, suede driving moccasins are making a colorful comeback.
A summer classic since the seventies, when dudes with full-bodied mustaches wore them to a key parties, suede driving mocs are buttery-soft, breathable, and a cinch to slip on. Now, thanks to brighter colors, they wear well with almost everything, so long as you’re sockless.
The not-quite-a-decade-old, Miami-based Del Toro shoe brand specializes in loud footwear and it’s cobalt suede driving loafers aren’t an exception to the colorful rule. What they are is incredibly wearable thanks to a rubber sole and surprisingly tough construction. You can keep them under the driver’s seat or take them out for a stroll. When you get “blue suede shoes” remarks, just remember that the three men who sang that classic, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Eddie Cochran, were three of the best dressed musicians ever. [$325; deltoroshoes.com]
The highly trained shoemakers working in Tod’s Italian factories know how to make a driving moccasin. Their very traditional, incredibly comfortable footwear is worth every Euro it costs, which is saying something because these kicks don’t come cheap. Still, if you shelled out for an Italian-made supercar, it only makes sense to get a pair of shoes worthy of it. [$445; store.tods.com]
Johnston and Murphy’s tassled drivers are better suited to the pedals of a classic roadster – a tk or a tk – than a Ferrari. Made of water-resistant suede and highlighted with yellow stitching, they’re a throwback to the era of the country drive. Still, they perform at speed. [$99; johnstonmurphy.com]