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Driv­ing shoes can also ac­com­pany you on an ex­is­ten­tial jour­ney while be­ing on an ac­tual jour­ney. At least

that’s what Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo projects in a se­ries of videos fea­tur­ing Sound­Cloud founder Alexan­der Ljung, race­car driver Mathias Lauda, and pho­tog­ra­pher Jo­hannes Huebl. While th­ese men muse about their hard-won suc­cesses, they are wear­ing

Fer­rag­amo’s made-to-or­der driv­ers, which see over a thou­sand com­bi­na­tions of body, sole, and that iconic Gan­cio hard­ware. Ob­serve, too, its soles with square is­lands in­stead of nubs. Th­ese are more suit­able (read: durable) for con­quer­ing the roads of your per­fect get­away.

Green­belt 4.

Ex­pect only un­hur­ried jour­neys in a pair of driv­ing shoes. Why, you ask, would you need a driv­ing shoe when, if you are look­ing for footwear in the sim­i­lar slip-on style, the loafer is per­fectly fine? Well, it is pre­cisely be­cause you are on a drive, specif­i­cally a very long drive, say, from the heart of the city all the way to a moun­tain es­cape, that you need a shoe pur­posely built for the task.

The thin­ner sole of the driv­ing shoe al­lows you to ac­cu­rately judge the amount of pres­sure needed when step­ping on the gas, brake, or clutch. And those lit­tle round nubs, which run from the sole right up to the back of the heel, im­prove trac­tion, pre­vent­ing your feet from slip­ping on the pedal or mat, an an­noy­ance that can be­come crit­i­cal when, for in­stance, your foot shifts dur­ing a sud­den turn. Also, and maybe most im­por­tant, the con­struc­tion, softer and more sup­ple, makes the shoe com­fort­able to wear amid all that pump­ing and shift­ing and driv­ing, which is really enough of a rea­son to get one ( just imag­ine a stop-and-go drive in a bulky leather boot).

It was the Ital­ian in­dus­tri­al­ist, Gianni Agnelli, who helped pop­u­lar­ize the driv­ing shoe when, in one of his many mo­ments of break­ing the rules of style, he paired a suit with the ca­sual footwear. There was no pooh-poohing the Fiat ti­tan’s choice be­cause, well, he was the Fiat ti­tan and the com­bi­na­tion ac­tu­ally worked: The louch­eness of the driv­ing shoe com­ple­mented the soft tai­lor­ing of Ital­ian suits and, when paired to­gether, it only am­pli­fied that elu­sive at­ti­tude of sprez­zatura.

With the in­flu­ence of Agnelli and the avail­abil­ity of the style from shoe­mak­ers like Gi­ulo Mis­e­roc­chi (who re­port­edly cre­ated the very first), The Car Shoe Com­pany (who se­cured the orig­i­nal patent), and Tod’s (who pop­u­lar­ized the style even more with the in­tro­duc­tion of its 133-peb­bled Gom­mino), the driv­ing shoe made the leap from an item re­served for the oneper­center (who else would fork over many, many shekels for

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