My best friend in high school loved driving while barefoot.
Blaming either the Texas heat or the heels she claimed could get stuck under the gas pedal, my friend always opted to drive without any shoes. It was a habit that seemed more quirky than rebellious. Fred Flintstone drove barefoot. So did SpongeBob Squarepants. No one ever told us not to drive barefoot during driver’s ed, and the lack of footwear didn’t seem to impact her driving skills.
Is it illegal to drive barefoot?
Was driving while barefoot illegal? My friend admitted that she didn’t know. Not wanting to take any chances with the Texas Highway Patrol, she always drove with a pair of sandals under her seat in case she got pulled over. As it turns out, she wasn’t alone–driving barefoot seems to be a guilty pleasure shared by many.
Am I the only person who drives barefoot? like wearing shoes while driving is not an option for me
— Mami (@ _Chocolatt3_) August 20, 2017
The only thing I think about while driving barefoot pic.twitter.com/ 0vtHrM2GRY
— Tim Good (@ Tgood1 29) August 15, 2017
Driving barefoot, Listening to classic stone, and eating chicken nuggets while stuck in traffic
— Morgan Hall (@ Mo_Haycook) August 4, 2017
It’ll be hard for my to give up shoes sha. Because the only day I’m everrrr barefoot are in my bed, in the shower, while driving. EVER
— Skittles (@ swagprefect) August 1, 2017
Are there state laws that require drivers to wear shoes?
So, will barefoot driving get you a big, fat ticket? There appear to be no state laws that require drivers to wear shoes.
Driving while barefoot is legal in all 50 states, according to the Society for Barefoot Living.
Some states even go as far as to recommend driving barefoot over wearing precarious high heels, unreliable flip-flops, or heavy footwear that could add extra pressure to the gas pedal.
“It actually is legal to drive barefoot or with flip-flops, ” Officer Raymus Payton at the Westminster California Highway Patrol office told the Orange County Register. “I’ve pulled over quite a few people, and I’ve ensure some pretty interesting shoes–like very high heels or platforms–and they’d probably be better off driving barefoot than in those shoes.”