Driving mocs don’t have to be reserved for automobiling.
While certain models are still more appropriate for pushing the pedals, as more and more men have preferred wearing them as walking shoes the market has responded with versions featuring stronger leather uppers, comfortable padded insoles and more durable rubber grommets on the soles.
In this feature Sabir Peele, a style-conscious and thrifty Philadelphia native who has been a long-time reader, shows us how he takes his driving mocs to the city streets in 3 different outfits.
1. City Lounging
“I’m often on the move in Philly meeting up with friends and clients throughout the day and really just want to wear a t-shirt. Most of the time, though, I find myself in situations where a simple t-shirt and shorts look wouldn’t be appropriate. So I throw a basic linen blazer over it, push up the sleeves, and all of a sudden the look is much more grown.”
Bonus Tip: Sabir does a great job of keeping things in proportion. The jacket, just like the shorts, is short without being overly cropped and slim without being too skinny.
Bonus Tip II: A forward look (like jacket + shorts) is easiest to pull-off in a neutral/conservative color palette (light grey + navy + white + light blue accent, for example).
Bonus Tip III: Just like clothing, there are accesories for every season. Check Sabir’s summer fabric belt and watch strap(s).
3. Business on the Move
“White denim in the summer, with a dose of confidence, can be business casual… The camel drivers are a nice middle ground to balance the dressy top and the casual bottom.”
Bonus Tip: I figured this goes without saying, but don’t be the guy wearing socks with his mocs. If you’re weary of the socklessness thing, invest in some no-show loafer socks.
Thanks, as always, for reading – and special thanks to Sabir for participating.
Yours in style,
Photography by Townsend Smith.