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Old 04-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #26
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Vibram Fivefingers. KSO or Bikila.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:42 PM   #27
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Here I was worried about the flak I would get for posting about driving in Vibrams... haha.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #28
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Personally the shoes don't matter for heel and toeing.


^Great vid to see the technique^
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #29
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Personally the shoes don't matter for heel and toeing.

Ayrton Senna's Heel-and-toe - YouTube

^Great vid to see the technique^
haha yeah hes got damn penny loafers.

another question about heel/toeing then: for those who have done it a long time and are good at it, are you to the point where you can perfectly nail the revs on a heel/toe? Like i can perfectly guess what rpm to go to for an upshift and just dump the clutch when i rev up. the guy in this video would rev up, then let the clutch get to right rpm
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #30
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My technique is to blip the throttle and then effectively "catch it on the way down". My experience is that when I'm imperfect, the results of my imperfection are less harsh than if I try to "get it just right" or try to get it on the way up.

IMO, this has two benefits. First, if/when you guess wrong or just don't have everything exactly right, the transition is less harsh. Second, it gives more leeway / more flexibility for changing cars. So I can go from Miata to GT3 to WRX to Z4M to TR7, and heel-toe rev-match in 'em all with little to no roughness in every one of 'em. The TR7 didn't even have a speedometer, so it was entirely based on "Well, this seems about right..."
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #31
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No mention of Converse Chuck Taylor's? I have a few pairs of comfortably worn chucks. Light weight with a thin sole that make driving a pleasure.

Just watched the Senna video above. Dear god could that man drive haha.

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #32
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:23 PM   #33
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i thought my chuck taylors were great but then i found these trainers over at nordstrom; a lot lighter, very comfortable, and i can feel the vibrations coming through the pedals

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #34
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I wear Doc Martens 3 hole oxfords and Wolverine 1000 mile boots. Skechers heismans too. No problems heel-toe'ing.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #35
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When I first started learning I would take it slow. ie. Coming to a stop in 5th gear I would ONLY HnT down to 3rd. It's definitely a feel thing. At first I had a tendency to over-rev which sucks. lol. Now I can hit every gear no problem - even first gear.

Try to get close to the RPM you think you need and don't let out the clutch until the revs JUST begin to drop. If you got your blip correct you should be close to the correct RPM and the downshift will be butter smooth.

It is awkward at first and it isn't necessary for normal street driving. I do it so I don't feel awkward when I hit the track.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:57 PM   #36
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http://www.amazon.com/A2Z-Racer-Gear-Embroidered-Driving/dp/B001CS2L10/ref=sr_1_20?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1365050721&sr=1-20&keywords=pilotihttp://www.amazon.com/A2Z-Racer-Gear-Embroidered-Driving/dp/B001CS2L10/ref=sr_1_20?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1365050721&sr=1-20&keywords=piloti

anyone seen these? i was looking for those prototipos and came across this. looks a lot like them

also i doubt anyone will be finding prototipos ever again unless you are a small child

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #37
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:23 PM   #38
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:31 PM   #39
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:35 PM   #40
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I personally wear either sperries, vans, dress shoes, or boots. I generally do spirited mountain driving in my vans, but I have done them in sperries and it's not horrible haha they have a surprising amout of grip.
If you wanna look nice and just have a good shoe that will last forever, I would reccomend sperries, vans wear out quick, but I like them too.

If you're just buying new shoes for driving sparco makes nice ones. Those are light as hell...
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:36 PM   #41
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I have Puma racing shoes and they are great for heel-toeing and smooth shift! I shift the best with Puma casual tennis shoes and I heel-toe the best in Sperry's! Sperry's are boss!
To be honest, I hate vans. You pay the same amount of money you would for quality shoes, but you get cheap China made quality shoes that last a month. They also have no support and the sole is so thin.

With that said, Sperry's and Puma's Are my favorite shoes hands down.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #42
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I have Puma racing shoes and they are great for heel-toeing and smooth shift! I shift the best with Puma casual tennis shoes and I heel-toe the best in Sperry's! Sperry's are boss!
To be honest, I hate vans. You pay the same amount of money you would for quality shoes, but you get cheap China made quality shoes that last a month. They also have no support and the sole is so thin.

With that said, Sperry's and Puma's Are my favorite shoes hands down.
Sperry's ftw!!!!!!!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:57 AM   #43
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I wear Under Armor spines. The soul isn't that soft but i can feel the clutch quite well. I got them for around 80 dollars.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:33 AM   #44
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yeah i have a pair of sperry knockoffs from polo, (so i guess not really knockoffs), but iv never thought theyd be good with the pedals. my main preference are samba millenniums that are verrry worn in, but i think there could be better. maybe i wont have to buy new shoes after all, il just go preppy and wear my boatshoes
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:46 AM   #45
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:01 AM   #46
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For me, I have this pair of Adidas Campus Skate 2's that I have had for YEARS!

Well WELL worn in. I drive best while wearing them. I have worn them for so long, I am used to the feel of every little input the pedals kick back.

So IMHO, the brand/type of shoe is not the key aspect. Use the shoe you feel most comfortable in while driving. You will naturally learn and condition yourself to drive with whatever shoe you use most often.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:06 AM   #47
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:23 AM   #48
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i think a lot of people dont understand the whole heel/toe thing and are just attempting to do it wrong

i put the big toe/ball of my foot on the brake pedal and just roll my foot over to blip the throttle with outer arch area
I dont even think about doing it anymore....it just does it on its own, now

i have driven cars where i had to use the heel on the brake pedal and use the toe on the throttle arm above the throttle pedal as that was the only way to make it work

shoes have never mattered much.....done it barefoot and with my steel toe work boots and everything in between
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #49
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i think a lot of people dont understand the whole heel/toe thing and are just attempting to do it wrong

i put the big toe/ball of my foot on the brake pedal and just roll my foot over to blip the throttle with outer arch area
I dont even think about doing it anymore....it just does it on its own, now
yeah i feel like learning heel toeing is like learning to drive manual in general. when i was learning i had to plan everything out but now i just do it. But im not to that point with the heel toe
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:50 PM   #50
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I have 2 pair of Piloti's that I find super comfortable.
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