If you prefer to drive in heels, you may need to take certain precautions while driving. In general, avoid driving if you are wearing high heels which are taller than your natural heel height. Another general point is, if you find it difficult to walk comfortably and fast enough in a particular pair of your high heels, avoid driving in them. Also if you are not confident enough to drive in a particular pair of shoes, drive slowly for a few days till you gain confidence in driving in those shoes. Here we are discussing the types of high heels you can wear while driving, subject to your personal confidence level in those heels. (Note: This article applies to you only if you are in a location where driving in high heels is legally permissible.)
1 Prefer wedge heels
Wedge high heels with your natural heel height or lesser is an ideal choice for driving if you prefer to drive in high heels. You would be able to rest your heel on the floor of the car and comfortably control the pedals. Wedge heels, in general, will have broader base unlike stilettos. This will make them more comfortable for you to rest your feet on while driving. Most of the time only one pedal will be in action, and you may need to rest your other foot comfortably. Fully covered wedge shoes or wedge sandals with back strap as well, are good choices in this case.
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2 Avoid stilettos
Stilettos are pointy heels. These are less stable as we know and will not be comfortable to drive in. Your feet will be straining a lot if you drive in them in any case. Moreover, the shoes may also get damaged if you are driving in stilettos because they are very delicate shoes and good for walking in level surfaces only.
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3 Go for kitten heels
If you do not like to be in wedge heels the other good choice is kitten heels. Kitten heels are medium heels and will not strain your feet if you drive in them. You can pivot your shoes on the heel tip (which is resting on the car floor) to maneuver your feet to control the pedals.
4 Avoid ultra high heels
Always avoid ultra high heels while driving because you will not be able to apply the brake with full force if need arises. The heel would come on your way and block the free movement of your feet. Moving your feet sideways may also become difficult since the heel may become a villain in that case as well. This may prevent your feet from reaching the required pedal at the right time. All these situations may become dangerous for you and others.
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5 Prefer high heels with more coverage on the top of foot
It is better to go for fully covered high heel shoes like thigh high boots or ankle booties. Even if you go for high heel sandals, you can go for the ones with more coverage on the top of your foot. You would have better control and grip on your shoes if the high heels are having more coverage on the top of your foot. Better control over your shoes help you to have better control on the pedals.
6 Have ankle strap if high heel sandals
Choose high heel sandals with ankle strap as well. If the high heels are of mule type without ankle strap, they may come off your foot while driving. If the shoe comes off from your foot while driving, it may distract you and pose danger. So back strap is essential for high heel sandals if you plan to drive in them.
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7 Avoid thong heels
Thong heels are having very less straps and back strap is also absent in most designs. These shoes will be loosely fitting on your foot. Loosely fitting shoes are not at all suitable while driving.
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8 Avoid fashion heels
Fashion high heels are very delicate shoes. They are good to wear to any event or simply walk on level surfaces. They are not suitable for doing any serious activity with your feet. Extra stones or studs on the fashion heels may prevent free movement of your foot. Also, the high heels may easily get damaged if you wear them and drive, since they are very delicate.
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9 Avoid very high platform heels
Platform heels with very high platforms may not be comfortable to drive in, unless you have cleared the driving test while driving in them! Platform heels create a gap between your foot and the pedal. If you are not familiar with that gap, you will not be able to drive in them properly. So better avoid them.
10 Avoid steep wedge heels
Steep wedge heels will force your foot to be in uncomfortable angle. Also the heel would come on the way of free movement of your foot. Both these factors will make it almost impossible to drive in such shoes. If you are wearing uncomfortable shoes, it may divert your attention while driving, which may pose danger.
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11 Avoid any type of high heel shoes which can slip off easily
It is better to avoid high heel shoes which can come off your foot easily. If the shoe comes off, your attention may go into getting the shoe back on your foot. This diversion of attention may pose danger to you and others.
If you are driving in a location where driving in high heels is prohibited by law, the above points does not apply to you. Instead you need to follow the law prevailing in that location. Moreover the above suggestions are just guidelines and you are the best judge to decide which types of shoes to wear while you drive. If you choose to follow or not to follow any of these guidelines, it will be at your own choice. We cannot be held responsible for any problems you may or may not face by following or not following any of these guidelines.
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