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7th Dec 2006, 16:59
Just wondered what shoes people wore to fly in - probably seems a strange request but what....

7th Dec 2006, 17:58
Well if you've got a fetish, don't worry about it! It's.....er....normal. So, what shoes....usually black ones. Sometimes slip ons, occasionally laces, Oxfords seem to be quite popular. But as pilots are so mean, I think the answer you may need is 'the cheapest'. They do tend to get scratched and scuffed something horrible getting in and out of the seats, and scaping against rudder pedals.

7th Dec 2006, 18:57
Winnie the pooh slippers of course. I mean who would be seen dead in black shoes these days, they are so yesterday!
They will be asking what socks next, what underwear, what pen, what case, what car, what house.
Jinkster have you not had a job? I think that you aspire to be a pilot rather than fly planes!

Flying Farmer
7th Dec 2006, 19:20
These should be standard issue,


worn weekends only :E

low n' slow
7th Dec 2006, 20:11
Flip-flops are the latest rage.

badboy raggamuffin
7th Dec 2006, 22:44
On a serious note, I prefer when flying, and also incidentally when driving, to wear shoes with fairly thin soles as it gives me more of a feel for the pedals. Currently got a nice pair of pumas which I am flying in which have thin soles, I swear I fly better when I wear them as opposed to other thicker soled shoes. Will definitely be looking for a pair of thin soled "smart shoes" should I ever end up flying commercially.
Anyone else the same?

8th Dec 2006, 15:28
My plain black Dr. Marten's are in their seventh year and my Timberland chelsea boots are great in the winter.

8th Dec 2006, 16:02
I used to use black Doc Martins, but now use plain black lace-up Hush Puppies. My next pair will, however, be slip ons as a result of the frequency in the US where I end up having to take them off to pass through security.

DX Wombat
9th Dec 2006, 22:47
You would look very fetching in those FF. :E I can just imagine your passengers faces should they ever be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of them. :E :hmm: :uhoh:

10th Dec 2006, 01:06
DMs, but NOTthese :yuk:

http://i11.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/7a/92/0bb3_2.JPG (http://cgi.ebay.com/Dr-Martens-Cowboy-Boots_W0QQitemZ170057086763QQihZ007QQcategoryZ63889QQrdZ1QQc mdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting)

10th Dec 2006, 02:13
Tins fave fline boots


Loose rivets
10th Dec 2006, 07:26
Had a pair of Clarke's for some years...good in the wet and impervious to jet fuel, BUT...they, like many cheap shoes, have a large metal spring imbedded in the sole. As things are now, I can not see these passing muster at security.

10th Dec 2006, 11:59
"Just wondered what shoes people wore to fly in"
Yep, a little strange! Personally I have no idea about flying shoes, I use an aircraft:\ I guess flying shoes are possible, but the practicalities for daily use must be a bugger:E
Anon, a traveller in underwear:ok:

10th Dec 2006, 12:09
You might not be able to fly in shoes, but during the war folk used to fly in wellingtons.

10th Dec 2006, 15:22
After paying for all my flying, I can't afford shoes.

10th Dec 2006, 18:04
My next pair will, however, be slip ons as a result of the frequency in the US where I end up having to take them off to pass through security.

You obviously dont fly out of LGW then; its every fu**ing day you have to take them off so buy Slipons

10th Dec 2006, 18:42
After paying for all my flying, I can't afford shoes.

One of the downsides of pay-for-training. But the PFT debate's another thread all together.

10th Dec 2006, 18:48
barefoot is cheap :ok: :E

MSP Aviation
10th Dec 2006, 22:54
a pair of these:


vintage, though, circa 1975. thanks, pop.

10th Dec 2006, 23:21
A pair of these - jodphur boots; cheap and comfy! Bit like me really!




10th Dec 2006, 23:45
I wear a pair of black RM Williams elastic side boots with the non leather sole. Nothing wrong with the leather sole but I found de-icing fluid a bit harsh on it.

Fantastic boots, extremely comfortable and hard wearing. With Theifrow et al going all "take off your shoes" they're perfect. I usually get about 5 years or more wear out of them. In Oz they retail for ~$A300.

Atlas Shrugged
11th Dec 2006, 00:38
I'm with Redo.....been wearing RM's since day one. Black when all dressed up and me fave brown one's when in casual mode :ok: Gotta have the leather sole though.


11th Dec 2006, 08:29
A few years ago, North Sea helicopter companies were invited to trial the new Doc Marten flying boots.

This review, written by a captain who was underwhelmed by the experience, is well worth reading.

>>> LINK HERE (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=56365)


11th Dec 2006, 12:27
These driving shoes feel great in the car as well as the plane; the rounded heel gives a nice fore and aft pivot. They work well in the 172 for me at least, and great when driving because the outsole won't catch on the pedals. Semi-pricey for the pilot budged at about $70. And i'm sure the airlines won't let ya get away with 'em... but there's my 2 cents.


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