Flying Shoes

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Flying Shoes

Postby Nomore767 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:27 pm

I've been trying to find some new footwear that's comfortable for flying my Vans RV-12 SLSA. I find some sneakers to be a bit big for the rudder pedals. I searched 'flying shoes' here recently and so I thought I'd post this as a couple of folks asked about what others wore for flying.

This is what I found! Seems rather appropriate for my particular SLSA! Very haute couture! I can kinda see why my wife HAS to have the accessories to go with everything!

Particularly the "Vans" logo and the shoe color complete with the red trim! Consistent with keeping LSA costs down, they were purchased today at Kohls with a a 30% off discount :mrgreen:

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Merlinspop » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:41 am

That's great! I was going to suggest that Puma has many models of shoes that aren't bulky and give lot's of 'feel' through the sole.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:18 am

Shoes and airplanes are a funny thing. My earliest memory of shoes and aviation goes back to my dad saying you don't want to fly a Champ wearing cowboy boots. Now I have never really had a problem with my size 9-10 feet learning to fly, or at least none that I remember. I have though on several occasions suggested to students that they need some special shoes for flying. For example you don't want a big bulky shoe when you are trying to fly a J3 Cub. There just isn't enough room between the front seat and the side walls when someone is sitting in the seat. For the CT I had a fellow show up in construction boots thinking he could do a better job of pushing on the rudder pedals, that didn't work out so well. I do know a few people who wear Simpson fire proof racing shoes when they fly, because they are less bulky and have a thin sole for better feel. One that I remember was a fellow who stopped in because of approaching weather. He jumped out of the airplane, and the first thing he did was take off his racing shoes and put on a pair of every day shoes.

BTW, your Vans shoes look like they should work well.

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:33 am

I find these give best comfort and pedal feel:

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:17 am

MrMorden wrote:I find these give best comfort and pedal feel:

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Actually CTLSi said his wife had to wear something like that to reach the pedals in their CT.

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Nomore767 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:44 pm

MrMorden wrote:I find these give best comfort and pedal feel:

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Herman Munster flew a light sport? Who knew? :mrgreen:

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:07 pm

Nomore767 wrote:
MrMorden wrote:I find these give best comfort and pedal feel:

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Herman Munster flew a light sport? Who knew? :mrgreen:


I was thinking more like Abby from NCIS.

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby rgstubbsjr » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:01 pm

I guess the concept of dressing like you might have to walk home isn't important anymore.
I still fly in my Air Force boots from 40 (ish) or so years ago.
Jungle boots for summer, regular boots for winter.

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby drseti » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:57 pm

I still have my USAF boots from 50 yrs ago. I wear them when motorcycling, but never for flying an LSA.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Nomore767 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:45 pm

rgstubbsjr wrote:I guess the concept of dressing like you might have to walk home isn't important anymore.
I still fly in my Air Force boots from 40 (ish) or so years ago.
Jungle boots for summer, regular boots for winter.


What makes you think I couldn't 'walk home' in my Vans footwear?

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:02 am

Nomore767 wrote:
rgstubbsjr wrote:I guess the concept of dressing like you might have to walk home isn't important anymore.
I still fly in my Air Force boots from 40 (ish) or so years ago.
Jungle boots for summer, regular boots for winter.


What makes you think I couldn't 'walk home' in my Vans footwear?


It all depends on where you have to walk FROM. If you went down in rough wilderness those Vans won't get you very far. But most places in the USA are not more than a mile or two from other humans, so for most events the Vans will work. When I fly long cross country flights I have been known to throw my hiking boots in the baggage bay. Just in case.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Nomore767 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:16 pm

Carrying such boots as a part of a 'survival kit' is one thing, actually flying in them is another. :)

On another note, my thread was started because a) someone had asked about what shoes folks wore for flying, on another earlier thread. b) it was intended to be light-hearted because I fly a Vans aircraft and found Vans shoes (not the same company) which I personally find comfortable for flying an LSA ( I find the rudder area a bit small for some clunkier sneakers and certainly boots.)

Just saying :mrgreen:

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby drseti » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:08 pm

I got the gist of your thread right away, Howard. The subtly may have been lost on others. :D
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:46 am

Nomore767 wrote:Carrying such boots as a part of a 'survival kit' is one thing, actually flying in them is another. :)

On another note, my thread was started because a) someone had asked about what shoes folks wore for flying, on another earlier thread. b) it was intended to be light-hearted because I fly a Vans aircraft and found Vans shoes (not the same company) which I personally find comfortable for flying an LSA ( I find the rudder area a bit small for some clunkier sneakers and certainly boots.)

Just saying :mrgreen:


I agree, wearing boots to fly in would not be my idea of "comfy". I usually wear running-style sneakers, and even they don't have as much pedal feel as I'd like. Those Vans sneaks look like they'd do pretty well. I have thought about racing shoes...they have great pedal feel, but are really useless for actually walking around in once the plane is parked.

If there were Flight Design shoes like that, I'd buy 'em too. ;)
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Nomore767 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:36 am

Andy,

I've heard ballet shoes work very well too and if you chose to wear them to fly nobody is going to judge :mrgreen:

I've heard Paul likes his blue suede shoes…just be careful not to step on them!! You can do anything you want, just lay off them blue suede shoes :D


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