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I think the highway code cites 'inappropriate footwear' so whether that means very high heels or clown's shoes (or no shoes at all)- is open to question.

Fundamentally, if what you are wearing is obstructive to driving, and was to cause you to crash or pose a danger to other people, then I think you would be prosecuted - not for what you were (or weren't) wearing, but for the action which drew attention to you.

Its a bit like smoking whilst driving - no-one would advocate doing this, but it isn't a breach of the law in itself. However, if the distraction of this activity caused you to break the law, then its the infringement that's what you'd be prosecuted for.


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Of course it is. Just look at these two!

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Of course it is. Just look at these two!

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Inappropriate footwear? That would probably explain it. No doubt it's down to the interpretation of a fuzzy, vague, British law being used and abused out of context (as usual.)

The way I see it, if it's 'inappropriate footwear' then surely there must be footwear involved. If there isn't any, then that's like citing inappropriate behaviour when someone hadn't exhibited any behavour at all.

That's not to say that the law wouldn't see it differently, and as a motorist, I'm used to being guilty until proven innocent. Still, given the choice between painful shoes and driving barefoot, I'll probably still drive barefoot.
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As Vel said you are probably fine until you cause an accident whether as a result of not wearing shoes or not! Of course the insurance company would be interested too!!

A lot is down to the spacing of your pedals - a clio is smaller than a van for instance; also foot size - mine are size 12....
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