Drivers risk a huge fine if caught driving in designer sneakers, experts have warned.
With reports of a summer sizzle on the horizon and up to five ‘big heat waves’ over the next four months, many of us will finally be looking to get our summer clothes right – and our favorite shoes.
Over the past few years or so, “sneaker culture” has morphed into a multi-billion dollar industry, with many people obsessed with brands such as Nike and Adidas. Designer shoes in unusual designs with chunky soles have become fashionable, with many sneakers also featuring innovative heel designs and other special features.
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But while such shoes might look nice, these items aren’t usually the best to wear while driving – with motorists facing hefty fines and points on their license if caught wearing them on the roads. , reports Chronicle Live.
Rule 97 of the Highway Traffic Act states that before driving, you must ensure that clothing and footwear do not interfere with the proper use of controls. Ignoring this can subject offenders to a “reckless driving” offense if spotted by a police officer.
The offense itself carries a fixed fine of £100, as well as three points on your driving license – with the option of taking a specialist driving course instead of the officer. However, if your expensive sneakers cause you to drive dangerously, the same penalty will apply, along with the possibility of your case being referred to the legal system.
But which shoes are considered unsuitable? According to the Driving Standards Agency, your driving shoes should:
- Have a sole no thicker than 10 mm
- The sole should not be too thin or soft
- Provide enough grip to prevent your foot from slipping off the pedals.
- Don’t be too heavy
- Do not limit ankle movement
- Be narrow enough to avoid accidentally pressing two pedals at once
With that in mind, Scrap Car Comparison has compiled ten sought-after sneakers that could net you a more expensive fine than the shoes themselves – in most cases.
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1) Adidas Yeezy Slide: MSRP: £50-£60 / Resale Value: £70-£300
Slides have become the go-to summer shoe choice for most, and the Yeezy Slide has established itself as the choice of most sneakerheads – however, the understated design comes with zero heel support and therefore falls well outside the guidelines of the Driving Standards Agency.
2) Balenciaga Triple S: RRP: £695-£825
A brand beloved by the Kardashians and hip-hop royalty, the Balenciaga Triple S is an instantly recognizable silhouette that has fans from Jeff Goldblum to Bella Hadid. Behind the wheel, it’s not as favorable.
Its chunky sole comes in at 45.72mm, well above the 10mm guide, and the shoes’ substantial width also increases the fear of accidentally hitting the wrong pedal.
Nike Vapormax RRP: £140-£200
A style that doesn’t require big spend on the resale market and can be purchased at most retailers, the Vapormax can’t be mistaken, with its full air bubble sole. The unique sole design, however, could cause individual “bubbles” to get stuck in the pedals and put you in the “reckless driving” category.
Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle: MSRP: £164.95 / Resale Value: £250-£950
Another popular trainer that would see you falling for having too much of a thick sole (around 46mm), the Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle also features an unusual rear, with a sole that splits in two to form a ‘tongue- like ‘shape, which makes it also lacking in the heel support department.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2: MSRP: £200 / Resale Value: £250-£500
A second entry for Kanye West’s Yeezy brand, featuring its most popular silhouette. Since its first release in September 2016, this sneaker has been hugely influential in the sneaker world and with its multiple colorways, it can often be seen worn everywhere you go.
Its “BOOST” filled sole and large 40mm heel allow it to overhang the guide by 10mm, so although it’s a stylish and flexible option, it could still get you in trouble.
Alexander McQueen ‘Oversized Sneaker’: RRP: £420
Taking the design of the Adidas Stan Smith and putting it on steroids, the Alexander McQueen is, as the name suggests, potentially the king of oversized soles. Its heel reaches 50mm in height, ideal for anyone looking to look a little taller, but not so great behind the wheel…being five times over the guideline.
Fear of God – The California Sneaker: RRP: £165-£175
Part slider and part sneaker, one of Jerry Lorenzo’s brand’s latest models offers a smarter alternative to the Yeezy Slide, but still doesn’t eliminate ride concerns. The lack of any heel support and its slick, no-grip style would likely get you in trouble if you saw them being driven by a cop.
Off White x Nike Blazer Low: RRP: £137 / Resale Value: £145-£250
The late Virgil Abloh’s Off White collaboration with Nike resulted in sneakers that will forever be heralded in fashion circles, and one of the most recent releases is the reimagined Blazer Low. A shoe that would pass all riding tests without its elongated heel, which could be a problem when switching from pedal to pedal and finding a comfortable place to sit your foot.
Balenciaga Defender: RRP £750
The second entry from haute couture brand Balenciaga which is increasingly entrenched in the world of streetwear, the Defender was created in its Spring/Summer 22 and features a rugged not-so-summery look dominated by a huge tyre-style sole tread that far exceeds the guide by 10 mm. The multiple “notches” on the sole will also make it difficult to hit the pedals.
Nike MAG (Back to the Future): RRP: £400 / Resale Value: £10,000-£400,000
One of the rarest sneakers ever released, the limited-edition Nike MAG shoes are a recreation of the shoes worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II and, due to their rarity, can fetch exorbitant sums on the market. resale. While they might be suitable for a hoverboard, they are definitely not suitable for riding, with the bulky shoe offering very little ankle movement and again, a sole that goes well above the 10 guide mm.