#757 Taking your shoes off on a long car ride

The goalTreat your feet.

Come on, just look at them laying there in front of you as you relax in the backseat of the car. Sure, you’re just loving it back there, your shaggy locks whipping with the wind, your hand sailing carelessly out the window, and your head lightly bopping to the faint beat from the Buddy Holly tune on the radio.

But your feet, they are not fine, they are not carefree, and they ain’t bopping to no beat. No, they’re slippery, salty, and sweaty, wrapped tightly in a hot pocket of suffocating socks and shoes. Yes, buried deep under dense layers of cotton, wool, and leather, your aching soles are itching for some sweet release and a breath of fresh air.

So just let them out, friend.

Yes, when the car slips onto the sideroads, the bus hits the interstate, or the plane tips up for liftoff, it’s time to tug those laces and pull your paws right out of the Sweatcave.

Sock removal is optional, but what’s not optional is rubbing your feet against that little bar thing that’s hanging down from the seat in front of you on the bus or airplane to give your stiff, aching soles The Massage Of Their Life.

How good does that feel?

So next time, you’re goin’ to the grocer, goin’ faster than a roller coaster, remember that breaks like this will, rarely come your way. A-hey, a-hey-hey.

‘Cause everyday, life seems a little faster, things slip up, plans turn into disaster, so ditch your kicks and find a little escape. A-hey, a-hey-hey.



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But your feet, they are not fine, they are not carefree, they are not bopping to the beat. No, they’re slippery, salty, and sweaty, wrapped tightly in a hot pocket of suffocating shoes and socks. Buried under deep, dense layers of cotton, wool, leather, and Velcro, your aching soles are aching for a break.

So just let them out, friend.

Yes, when the car slips onto the sideroads, the plane lifts up for liftoff, or the ship sets sail for somewhere far away, it’s time to tug those laces

51 thoughts on “#757 Taking your shoes off on a long car ride

  1. First of all, thanks for the musical interlude – that was great!

    Second, while I am usually the one driving I have had the opportunity to pull off my shoes here and there and you are spot on with this one. If your lucky you can lie your feet between the two front seats from the back and get a little foot massage from the navigator.

    I hate that burning sensation you get after hours in the car with shoes, socks and engine heat.

    You have a gift!

    1. btl, you totally called it with scoring that little foot-shelf between the two seats up front. Bonus on that foot massage. Now all you need are your kid brother and sister to fan you and feed you grapes.

      1. If my brother did that foot-shelf thing id punch them back. actually, he DOES do that and i do retaliate. ahhh, the joys of having an 11 y/old brother :/

  2. I just took a quite long trip by car and drove the whole way and back with my shoes off. I think it is a rule, maybe, that you have to wear shoes to drive…but to heck with that! Driving in sock feet doesn’t really feel that much different. Besides, cruise control FTW!

  3. Lots of times when I head off to a job I slip off my shoes and socks and drive bare foot. Nothing feels so good as directing the air down there. I figure I’m on them when I do a shoot all day so why shouldn’t my feet have happiness before I arrive ?

  4. This is by far the best feeling in the world! As soon as I am in the vehicle heading out for a road trip my shoes are off. Absolutely love it.

    I love this site and read it every morning once I’ve gotten to work. It’s a great way to start the day!

    1. Thanks, Andrea. But quick question, do the socks come off too? With sandals, sure. But if you’re peeling off the old sweat socks and tossing those inside-out balls on the floor, is that alright?

      1. On those hot summer days the socks totally come off. In my opinion, true freedom doesn’t really come until that point. Just make sure not to forget your socks in someone else’s car :)

  5. When I was a kid, my sister always used to put her bare feet out the car window. This seemed to work best from the “shotgun” seat – nice little nook between the window and the side mirror. This also allowed her to work on her tan.

    But dudes, you have to wear shoes while driving! I’m pretty sure that’s a law in most places.

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  7. I must do this.

    One of the bus drivers near me rarely wears shoes to drive in the summer. I haven’t heard of it being illegal, though it’s such a great idea.

  8. There is NO law requiring one to wear shoes while driving any any jurisdiction that I know of. Some jurisdictions do require that the driver be able to perform any maneuver at any time, though, which some people may take to mean that drivers must be shod.

    1. Driving 900 miles with no shoes, climate control on floor vent, cruise control on full, soft new carpeted mat. If there was a law, I’d take the ticket. Sheer bliss!

      1. There is a law where I live, and I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to drive with loose sandals like flip flops either

  9. Or being short enough to take your shoes off on a plane and sit indian style–true comfort! Though I usually feel like I have to throw the airline blanket over my lap so the person next to me doesn’t freak out for three hours that my bare little toes are inches from his leg…even under that blanket, they’re much happier without shoes!!

  10. Yes! It really is a unique physical feeling, socked feet on a car floor mat. It gives you an extra bit of tactile sensitivity; you can feel vibration of the tires on the asphalt as you shoot down the highway. So road-trippy. Beef jerky and Dr. Pepper from a gas station also seem to add to the intensity of it.

  11. Not unless you’re wearing sandals :)

    Just pull your feet a little back and rest the toe part of your foot on the heel part of your sandals while the rest of your foot is blanketed in air.

  12. I drive barefoot whenever I can. It’s easy to kick off your sandals in the summer time; you just need to make sure there’s nothing pokey of the floor.

  13. Even better when starting your trip home after a long skiing-day.
    You slowly slip out of your shoes and realize:
    It doesn’t smell as bad as you expected it – so: Freedom for your feet for the next 5 hours!

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  15. Too true. I hardly ever wear shoes unless I have to, so as soon as I get in a vehicle the shoes most definitely come off. :)

  16. This one made me laugh out loud at work. And then everyone asked what I was doing since my work involves no laughing.. and now the whole office is on here! :D Thanks!

  17. I get the feeling that when my feet are in the shoes they scream out for air or when they itch so bad u take your shoe off and throw it to itch the stinky foot.

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  21. I love sitting bare footed in the backseat! Especially when we’re going on Sumer Holliday by car. I just lie back down with my head on one side and my feet on the other, with the windows down. Ah… Pure bliss…

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