The term "driving shoes" will more often than not conjure up an
image in one's mind of a leather or suede loafer with a pimpled
rubber sole. Tod's, the Italian footwear maker, has become
synonymous with the driving shoe, but wouldn't disagree with the
statement that hardly anyone drives in them. No, that particular
style is more for gents' summer wardrobes than pilots of the
prancing horse. If you're serious about your driving, then you'll
require footwear that combines the finest natural fabrics with
patented driving technology so you don't put a foot wrong.
As performance driving footwear Piloti know well, a driver's
most important tool is their feet. Yes, the hands navigate him
along his predestined course, but his feet determine how soon he
gets there, and if you're into your cars, you'll most likely want
to arrive as soon as mechanically possible. That's why Piloti has
optimised each of their driving shoe silhouettes for maximum pedal
feel, fluidity of motion, and comfort while driving. The
secret is in their craftsmanship, and stems from a combination of
their patented technology and best-in-class materials.
Firstly, there's Piloti's EVA foam inserts, which provide both
cushioning and support to ensure that each step is as comfortable
as the last, and each thrust of the accelerator has optimum feel.
Secondly, Piloti's patented Roll Control 2.0 technology offers
a full 180 degrees of motion to ensure maximum pedal-box precision.
And finally, Piloti's driving shoes maintain a soft forefoot
to allow effortless pedal feel, without sacrificing comfort or
Piloti have developed their collections not only as racers but
also as connoisseurs of quality and style. This philosophy -
an uncompromising appreciation for both function and form - is what
guides the design process, ensuring that every Piloti driving shoe
offers an optimal balance of performance and aesthetic.
When The Rake was exploring their collections, we immediately
felt an affinity for Piloti's Campione driving boot and it's not
difficult to see why. Developed and crafted in Italy, the smooth
leather Campione is a luxurious high-cut dress boot with
a distinctive brogue design and refined adaptation of the original
Piloti sole. It includes their Roll Control™ technology for comfort
and durability with a subtly wrapped, rounded heel.
We recently gave petrol head Hedi Sersoub, founder of The
Mechanists, a pair to play with as he took the best of Jaguar's
F-types, old and new, out for a spin. As you can see, the vintage
styling of the Campione boot goes hand in hand with the classic
lines and interior of one of the most iconic cars ever built, but
they also look equally as impressive inside the cockpit of today's
to shop Piloti's luxury collection and take your driving to the