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Sand Socks as sim footwear

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Not sure of the percentages but I'd think many sim racers wear socks when driving. I do too. I've been looking for a solution to wanting a thicker sole with some firmness without wearing shoes. I've tried thick socks, house slippers, etc. I recently stumbled upon http://www.sandsocks.netand gave them a try. It's not perfect but it's the right idea. The sole/heel cup are made of neoprene so there is some thickness there but still a soft feel. I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else has tried them or anything similar.

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I've just started heel/toe in iRacing and have been using my motorsport shoes.... finding them difficult to get feeling on my throttle (spring is very giving). I'm going to give these a try... thx for suggesting

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I've experimented with lots of different options (sim socks, different trainers, diving socks) and since I've upgraded to HPP pedals I need to use shoes and while shoes helped with the braking I didn't like the throttle control with shoes.

 

So I stumbled across and ordered these driving loafers which have a very thin sole, have a heel grip, are comfortable, can be put on quickly and can be worn around the house, plus they are on sale too.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OU2YOBU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

All I need is a pipe to go with the loafers and some old man driving gloves :-P

 

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hi guys just came across thease while searching ebay to me they look perfect for sim racing ,as they have a better  looking sole imo.

 

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Aqua-Water-Sports-Skin-Socks-Shoes-BareFoot-Beach-Yoga-Fitness-Running-/161264339285?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&var=460302949092&hash=item258c1a8955

 

 

thanks jon

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One thing to remember about neoprene is that it doesn't breathe well.  The neoprene diving socks I had used for simracing worked well but Inoticed my feet would get hot and sweaty quickly.

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The problem with climbing shoes is the sole is quite stiff and rigid so you can put a lot of weight on nothing more than a toe hold. In my opinion this would prevent heel and toe and also sensitivity.

Loving the Alan Partridge reference!

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So I gave the sandsocks a try.

Construction is actually quite good, and I will definitely make use of them at the beach.

However, for simracing, not a winner. The neoprene sole is a bit too soft, didn't really offer any more cushioning that a thick pair of socks. And it's neoprene.... so very sweaty.

 

I was hoping for something that would be light and offer a lot of feeling under the foot, while offering protection when doing heel/toe shifting. When my foot pivots to the throttle, I bang the side of my foot at times on the side of the throttle. So I guess I need something with more sidewall/lateral protection.

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I've bedded in my driving loafers and they are a thumbs up from me so far.  They are definitely better than my old shoes and are nearly as good as socks for the throttle, I just think I need to get use to them for longer.  But so far so good.

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I use a pair of racing shoes.  They can be picked up for cheap if they're nearly out of certification, which makes no difference to sim racing.  They're lightweight, comfortable, thin-soled, and designed for heel/toe.  Plus, if you plan on doing any real racing, they're great for that too.

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I used to use Vicks Racing Outfitters, but it seems that they've been bought out and shut down.  Speedway motors has sales and scratch/dent discounts too.  I took a quick look there and most shoes seem to be around $50-$60, some as low as $30.  I got mine for $25, brand new with 3 years left on their certification.

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