Because I wear heels every day to work, my car mats were starting to look like Fred Flintstone owned the car instead of me. Driving barefoot is dangerous, regardless of how cute your pedicure might be, and I eventually got tired of killing my car mats with heels. Car mats aren’t cheap, so I bought some driving shoes.
Car Mechanic’s Suggestion
Believe it or not, driving shoes were actually my car mechanic’s idea. I had re-ordered new mats several times at my dealership, and on the third time, he pointed to my six-inch heels. “You wear those often?” he asked. Of course, I said “yes,” to which he replied, “it might be a good idea to look into some driving shoes.” He paused… adding, “you could buy a lot of those,” pointing to my heels, “instead of these,” pointing to my shredded mat. Now you’re speakin’ my language!
Not only are driving shoes more comfortable than heels, they truly are a great investment. I was buying new all-weather mats for $100 about twice a year, because my heels kept digging holes in them. I was also ruining my heels, since the back of the right shoe would get scuffed or the material would rub off. Translation… my driving shoes save me a couple hundred dollars a year.
Which Shoes to Choose?
I researched which shoes to buy, and I ended up going with a shoe that’s technically made for walking. The only thing that really makes this shoe a “driver” is the extra rubberized heel tab at the back of the shoe. This feature helps keeps the back of the heel from wearing out too quickly. I also liked that they had a cute scroll design on top and could pass for a ballerina flat if I decided I was done with heels for the rest of my work day.
Stash and Go
Typically, I keep my driving shoes in my car door pocket — putting them on when I get in, and putting them back in the pocket when I get out. Or if I need to wear them walking downtown between meetings, I have a dust bag for them in my purse. I even found that it keeps my car cleaner to have one dedicated pair of shoes for driving.
Being a heel girl, I was hesitant about purchasing flats, but I’m so glad I did. I highly recommend getting a pair if you, too, have lots of other things you’d rather spend money on than car mats.