Driving in Style: Fashion Tips and Outfit Inspiration with Fairfax & Favor Driving Shoes

by Charlie Cooke,

First Published: 16 Feb, 2024

Driving shoes are often a forgotten option when it comes to choosing sophisticated footwear.

Driving shoes are often a forgotten option when it comes to choosing sophisticated footwear. The alternative and exceptionally popular deck shoe may divert the attention away as another classic slip-on shoe, but a pair of driving shoes can be just as impressive in the style stakes.

Whether you’re vacationing in warmer climes or planning a UK based weekend getaway in spring, a pair of fashionable driving shoes could be the ultimate addition to your planned outfits.

That is why here at Fairfax & Favor we’re delighted to provide fashion-forward outfit inspiration on what to wear with driving shoes to get the most out of this chic yet casual footwear.

Slip into comfortable style

Driving shoes are a wonderfully casual footwear design - and they needn’t be strictly for the car! Just remember to skip the socks or wear shoe liners for a seamless finish and don’t be afraid to show your ankles.

The original design use of this shoe, as the name suggests, was to provide added grip on the pedals when driving, and to prevent wear and tear on the heels of shoes. The driver would then switch footwear once they had reached their destination to shoes deemed better suited to their outfit. Today, however, the driving shoe is a popular footwear choice outside of the motoring world and has become a stand-out smart casual footwear option for both men and women.

If you’re heading out to a sporting event, or even the Chelsea Flower Show, that may require a walk on grassy terrain, the driving shoe design will undoubtedly come into its own. Due to the distinctive feature of raised rubber pebbles on the sole and back of the shoe you’re guaranteed excellent grip and durability whilst remaining flexible enough to ensure maximum comfort all day long. The slip-on element of the upper part of the shoe also brings to mind a sophisticated version of the Moccasin-style shoe, making them also similar in style to traditional loafers.

You’ll find driving shoes in a range of colours and stunning finishes, including supple suede, premium leather and even croc patterned leather. This type of footwear is so versatile, you’re surely missing out if your existing collection is without a pair for the upcoming spring season.

Ready, steady, go: How to style driving shoes

Ladies, we recommend styling your driving shoes with simplicity in mind; a pair of blue denim skinny jeans and a light coloured linen shirt finished with a silk scarf tied loosely around your neck can be all it takes to put together a classic yet modern look to complement your slip-on shoes. Go for a high-shine leather option as a classy finish to your informal attire that is perfect for relaxed café lunches with friends or weekend visits to the farm shop for artisan treats.

To get ready for courtside fashion at the tennis, you can even rely on your driving shoes to deliver a laid back yet chic (not to mention exceedingly comfortable) alternative to heeled shoes. Team a pair of navy croc leather driving shoes with a floaty midi-skirt and a tucked in hi-neck short sleeved t-shirt before accessorising with your favourite jewellery and an oversized tote bag. The flat shoes will add an edge to a feminine outfit whilst promising a contemporary twist to your overall look.

For the gents looking for something fresh and new to wear next season, a dapper pair of driving shoes is a must-have in your spring and summer footwear portfolio. Not only will suede driving shoes provide all-day comfort, they’re also a perfect match for so many different outfits. Equally ideal for navigating the back streets of Sorrento on your summer holiday, or for sauntering around the local village on a Sunday, the versatility of the driving shoe is unrivalled. Style yours with slim-fit cuffed jeans and a polo shirt or when the sun is shining, go for a full-summer vibe with shorts and a plain white t-shirt. Add a pair of cool aviator sunglasses and you’re good to go.

Whilst the driving shoe is designed for leisure, you can certainly dress them up for a more formal event or an evening dinner date and still impress. To take inspiration from the quintessential smart-casual dress code, pair tan or chocolate suede driving shoes with cream coloured chinos and a checked shirt. The muted texture of suede will stay in keeping with the low-key aesthetic, whilst its tailored appearance keeps everything looking neat and presentable, making them suitable for so many different occasions.

The attractive collections of men’s driving shoes and women’s driving shoes at Fairfax & Favor both promise an array of appealing styles to suit your personal style. With the promise of luxury and high craftsmanship with every pair, the Fairfax & Favor driving shoes are a superb choice for your next footwear purchase.

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