There are some newsreaders who possess an air of class and worldliness – an image that becomes more of an illusion once you learn that they are, in fact, wearing pyjama pants behind the news desk.
Just like newsreaders who only bother to half dress themselves, many women engage in similar acts of deception when driving, appearing perfectly put together to other drivers on the road while operating their vehicles with bare feet. For such occasions when heels need to be thrown off before getting behind the wheel of a car, South Korean industrial designer Wongyung Lee has designed the Driving it-shoe. A creation that may initially seem to pander only to a sense of vanity – acting as a female answer to men’s dapper driving gloves and moccasins – the shoe is actually the result of more practical endeavours. Wongyung recognised that driving barefoot can make feet tired, as can driving with rigid footwear, and so she created a shoe without a bridge that is forged from a comfortable and flexible jelly material. Sold only as a single shoe for the right foot – the one mainly used for driving – the shoe is designed to wrap around the foot to allow for flexibility. As well as allowing for ease of movement, the wrap design also relieves stress on the parts of the foot where pressure is applied during driving, namely the heel and ball.
The Driving it-shoe comes with a ribbon hook that can be attached to the car and used as a shoe hanger, preventing the shoe from rolling around in the vehicle when it’s not in use. For those who are concerned with maintaining stylish driving practices, the shoe can be teamed with a silk head scarf, large sunglasses and a 1950s-style convertible.