Whether you’re headed across the country, the next state over, or up north, road trips are a classic American pastime. Despite the nostalgia and positive feelings often associated with this type of trip, it’s no secret that long hours on the road, stretches of road with nothing to see, and bickering kids in the backseat can burn you out on what should be a fun, adventurous escape.
The right pair of men’s driving moccasins, or driving mocs, can go the extra mile to ensure smooth sailing (or cruising) to your next destination. Specially tailored for long drives, driving mocs first gained popularity in the 1960s as a more comfortable and flexible alternative to driving in uncomfortable dress shoes, and to prevent wear and tear to regular everyday shoes.
So, what exactly is a driving moc? Sometimes referred to as a sportier version of the loafer, a driving moccasin is a slip-on shoe usually composed of leather or suede. It also features rubber grommet soles designed to provide extra grip, originally intended for men behind the wheel of luxury Italian sportscars, and often have no soles for enhanced flexibility, comfort, and driving performance.
Although driving mocs were originally reserved exclusively for the wealthy elite, you no longer need a Ferrari or Lamborghini to flaunt driving mocs’ casual yet sophisticated style. Thanks to its evolving design, driving mocs are no longer limited to driving and serve as smart choices for a number of casual or semiformal occasions.
We’ve put together a list of our top 5 driving mocs, perfect for your next road trip.
5. Let’s Walk Slip On
With enhanced forefoot flexibility and state-of-the-art, foamed-back lining for extra cushioning and all-day comfort, our Men’s Let’s Walk Slip-On is an easy, practical, yet stylish choice for cross-country cruising.
Also designed as a walking shoe, these slip-ons are constructed of extra breathable material and uses Ortholite® and EVA footbed technology to provide you with long-wear cushioning, perfect for stopping and exploring local hot spots along the way.
Not driving? No worries! Our Men’s Let’s Walk Slip Ons can also be worn with slacks to the office or jazzed up with your favorite suit for more formal occasions. They’re available in black leather, tan leather, and dark olive nubuck.
4. Langdon Gore Slip-On
Our Langdon Gore Slip-On is the epitome of effortless, laid-back style. Intricately designed with a premium nubuck upper in a cool steel blue color, this slip-on is equipped with a memory foam footbed that contours to the shape of your foot for a personalized, glove-like fit and maximum comfort, perfect for long stretches on the road. The latest in truTECH® technology provides the best of the best in shock absorption and helps reduce foot fatigue to support you during all-day wear.
Extremely versatile, these can be worn anywhere that calls for casual and relaxed style. Pair them with khakis and a button-up shirt for an easy yet refined look perfect for a stroll along the coast, or with a pair of seersucker pants for a preppy, upscale look.
3. Cullen Venetian Slip-On
For those looking for something a little more refined, check out our Cullen Venetian Slip-On, available in cognac brown and dress blue colors. The premium twin elastic gore makes for easy slip-on and slip-off, perfect for those mornings when you’re ready to hit the road fast.
A flexible midsole allows for greater movement and flexibility to keep foot fatigue at bay during long drives, and our advanced shock absorption system is designed keep you moving during sightseeing or other activity-filled days.
Trip coming to an end? Don’t put these slip-ons away just yet. Just like our Men’s Let’s Walk Slip-On, the Cullen Venetian’s style and color is polished enough to wear to the office or a night out on the town.
2. Total Motion Sport Dress Penny Loafer
Experience top-tier comfort and luxury style with our Total Motion Sport Dress Penny Loafer, available in six different hues, and in medium and wide widths for a more customized fit.
A top-notch removable EVA footbed provides world-class cushioning for enhanced comfort on the go, and a lightweight yet durable outsole absorbs impact for all-day wear. Moisture-wicking materials keep your feet dry on hot summer days driving through the desert or on quick strolls around the rest stop to stretch your legs.
The Total Motion Sport Dress Penny Loafer pairs well with your favorite suit for a more comfortable spin on traditional office footwear, as well as with jeans and shorts for casual, confident everyday wear.
1. Cullen Penny Loafer
Our modern take on a classic style, the Men’s Cullen Penny Loafer is the ultimate in both comfort and style. Available in cognac and dark brown colors, these boating shoe doubles as a high-performance driving shoe.
A high-quality leather upper and cushiony midsole provide long-lasting comfort to reduce foot fatigue, so you can keep your foot on the gas pedal and continue to go that extra mile. Lightweight shock absorption reduces the impact of each step so you can explore more roadside attractions along the way.
If you’re headed to a hotel, the Cullen Penny Loafer can be sported with swim shorts and a classic polo for a cool poolside look perfect for sunset happy hour on the patio. For something more refined, pair with a blazer and chinos.
Wherever you’re headed, Rockport’s collection of men’s driving moccasins has something for everyone. With free shipping on orders over $125 and superior styles to choose from, preparing for your next road trip just got easier.
So, where are you headed?