- MANUFACTURER: CLARKS
- MODEL NAME: REAZOR DRIVE
- STYLE: DRIVING/ SMART SHOES
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 10.6 OUNCES
- SIZES: 7-13 D (M) US
- HALF SIZES: YES
- COLORS: BLACK, NAVY, BROWN, SAND, NAVY NUBUCK, SAND NUBUCK, TAN LEATHER, BLUE, BRICK
- OUTER MATERIAL: LEATHER
- LINING: SHEEPSKIN
- SOLE: RUBBER
- ALSO: BREATHABLE UPPER, NON MARKING OUTSOLE, FLEXIBLE SOLE, ORTHOLITE FOOTBED
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 45%
- PRICE GUIDE: $31.99-$120
- OUR RATING: 4 STARS OUT OF FIVE
So, you are a man who is searching for the ideal driving companion.
No, it’s not your wife, or “significant other”. It’s not even your dog.
Could it be, possibly this shoe.
Best Walking Shoe Reviews can proudly present the Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafer.
This, as the name suggests, has been created with driving in mind. But, as we will discover, there is more to it than just that.
WHAT IS A DRIVING SHOE?
A driving shoe is a specific style that a gentleman might have in his wardrobe, intended to grip the pedals better with.
Well, this might have been the origins of the idea about, say, seventy odd years ago – but since then, the world has moved on a little.
Moved on a little, possibly, but still not completely.
Because, it turns out there are still some particular rules governing the dos and don’ts of driving shoes.
To cut a long story short, these are a comfortable, yet smart, leather moccasin, with soles and heels designed to grip the pedals better.
Should you wear them outside the confines of your Ferrari? Well here is the $64000 question.
In short, the answer is yes. Within reason.
A driving shoe is not intended for heavy duty usage, let alone long distance walking. And don’t even dream about taking them into rough terrain.
Whilst you can wear the average pair of driving shoes to a smart casual event, they aren’t designed for anything that might qualify as an A list event.
So, don’t wear them to an important client meeting or, heaven’s forbid, try getting married in them.
They don’t really go with a formal suit, or anything that might be described as dressy. Then again, you’re unlikely to wear them with a pair of ripped jeans either.
Obey these simple rules and you too can be transformed into a five-star-man-about-town-style-guru and all round gent.
So, now we’ve cleared up what a driving shoe is and isn’t, how do these Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafer compare?
The first thing we can say is that they are available in a wide selection of colors – ten and counting.
This makes them versatile and something that you should be able to pick and mix to suit most of the smart casual outfits in your wardrobe.
The colors are simple and effective; brown, black, navy, sand, blue and brick (a shade of red).
Whilst the black appears to be a patent leather, most of the other colors appear to be matte in effect.
With a simple, non-fussy overlay across the upper, these are largely a straightforward design and should be easy to wear.
The grips look like they will keep hold of the gas pedal alright and luxury of luxuries, the inner lining of these driving shoes is a snow soft sheepskin – perfection!
If it is one thing that manufacturer Clarks stands for, it is comfort.
And we are happy to report that these Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafers are no exception.
With a breathable leather upper, a flexible and non-marking outsole, you should be able to bend and flex your driving foot in ease.
The foot bed is ortholite and cushioned, making it extremely comfortable to have on.
Judging by all reports, customers are content with the general level of support and comfort that these Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafers provide.
And we wouldn’t expect any less from a manufacturer like Clarks.
These Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafers span a standard men’s US size 7.5 up to a 13.
This caters for most foot sizes we think.
Unfortunately, it seems as if this style is only available in a standard width, with no extra wide or extra narrow sizes on offer.
And how do they fit?
Well, this is where we come to a slight snag.
Only 45% of respondents ordered the correct size the first time around.
Confusingly, for those who did not achieve the ideal fit immediately, they appear to be both too large and too small simultaneously.
What we can glean from customer reviews is that perhaps these run a little narrow, so if you have a wider foot it might be an idea to size up by a half.
Bear this in mind when shopping for your ideal shoe size and hopefully you will get it right the first time.
Clearly, Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafers are driving shoes firstly.
This means not wearing them on some sort of overland safari or fell walking expedition.
It also is probably not the best idea to treat these as a normal pair of shoes, for long distance walking and then act all surprised when they don’t stand the tests of time.
But, unlike a slipper or a beloved, but hideous, age old sneaker, it doesn’t have to hide away in the glove compartment of your luxury sports coupe either.
Especially with the classy array of colors on offer, it would be almost a shame if no one ever saw these loafers except behind the wheel of a car.
It’s just a question of judging the scenario right and making sure they blend with your wardrobe okay.
In short, if they match what you’re wearing and you aren’t about to tackle Ben Nevis, then you should be okay.
We like the Clarks Men’s Reazor Drive Slip-On Loafer.
They are a simple, unpretentious driving shoe which are a pleasure to have on and can be integrated into a chap’s wardrobe with little ado.