Gear Review: Piloti Driving Shoe

What’s in the box?!?

So far my Pilotis have been a strange shoe. They’re definitely built for driving, but they seem to be both feature packed and feature lacking.

I have owned a few pairs of driving shoes, both sfi certified and non (i’m actually wearing an as-of-yet-unrevealed new pair while I type this) and I thought I knew what I was getting into with the Pilotis. I was wrong. My Pilotis are very nice, and appear very well built, but I am not sure that I will be jumping at one of Pilotis more beautiful (and much more expensive) shoes based on this experience.

They look nice, they are nice.

First, the good, these were available on a discount, as Piloti put them on clearance and I was able to get them for about half off. They seem to be very well built, and they have some really cool features like the flat sole, rounded heel, and the toe-guard that helps prevent the right shoe from wearing out against the transmission tunnel.

You can see the nice detail there on the side of the right shoe, offering protection against abrasion from the trans tunnel.
You can see the nice detail there on the side of the right shoe, offering protection against abrasion from the trans tunnel.

And now the bad; I don’t get much feeling out of them and they do not stay well attached to my foot in normal use. When I say I don’t get much feeling, I mean primarily that the sole appears to be too thick to give much feedback. I imagine on a cable-operated throttle these would be sufficient, but on modern drive-by-wire cars, these are too thick (or too tough?) to provide much feedback. It is entirely possible that these will break in and become absolutely amazing, and worthy of the Piloti name, but after wearing them on and off for the last few months, I haven’t seen it so far.

Overall I am hoping these will break in more and thereby stick to my foot a little better while walking, and give better feedback.

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