I've always used skateboarding shoes for driving and co-driving (with the exception of Pike's Peak where Nomex is required). I tried driving in my Momo Nomex racing shoes and almost ditched hard and fast trying to heel/toe coming from a third gear fast straight to a hard > 90 degree right 1st gear corner with a huge hole outside of it and my foot fell from both pedals and stomped to the ground. I managed to get back up and hard on the brake and stopped it before the ditch but didn't make the corner and lost alot of time. Oh this was someone elses rally car that I was borrow/renting. I switched back into my non-DC skateboard shoes for all following runs (it was a rallysprint). Travis had a set of DC racing shoes at Pike's Peak that were bright yellow that aren't avab yet. I'd imagine Ken Block had a similar pair.
Unfortunately DC doesn't make skateboard shoes that I'll skateboard in so thus I don't have any that I will drive in. But it's the style that I find works well for me.
I used my Etnies before. Never owned a pair of DC shoes, always skated other brands. Now I got myself a pair of puma speed cats. Kinda like the production class version of driving shoes. No nomex so I wear them everyday, just like I drive my rally car to work and back every day, and they work good for driving. Although if DC paid me to wear their shoes, I'd have no qualms.
>Unfortunately DC doesn't make skateboard shoes that I'll
>skateboard in so thus I don't have any that I will drive in.
>But it's the style that I find works well for me.
I'm right there with ya bud. DC shoes were always a little to much like b-ball shoes for me so I stuck to the other brands. Now I am most fond of my skate shoes for co-driving and practicing driving. Nice and wide with sensitive soles.
>Along a similar vein, I got lured into reading the Wild West
>Rally website and saw they had some deal with Piloti shoes.
Hey the next four paid entries to the Wild West will get a two pairs of Pilotis just for entering. http://wildwestrally.com