Hands On with The MINI_Motion driving shoe

It's taken months but I finally got my hands on a pair of the MINI_Motion driving shoes – although not my own. After coming up short trying to find size 12 or 13 (no easy task!) I figured I'd surprise my wife with a pair and write a little about them first hand. She's happy, I'm happy, you get a review – great plan I'd say!

The first thing you notice about the shoes once you see them is the simplicity of the upper design. There are no laces, just some spandex like material and a piece of leather that wraps over it and attaches to the outside with one small metal buckle. The upper is made entirely out of leather save for the rubber pull in the back (which is the only place you'll see a MINI logo). The stitching of the Puma logo is grey and not gold like as it appears on the MINI_Motion website.

The mid-sole is just as simple with no PVC foam at all – just a piece of leather as cushioning. This is how the Puma Speed Cat is built as well – to some degree the shoe that the MINI_Motion shoe is based on. The key differences between it and the Speed Cat's mid-sole is the sole pattern from the and the piece of rubber that wraps around and up the shoe on the outside front (the part that says “Motion”).

The lycra removable boot is less usable than one would hope. The upper of the boot is very thin and breathes well but wearing it it seems like an unnecessary step much of the time. Further the bottom of the boot has no grip whatsoever. It's usage is fairly limited considering you'd probably tear up the bottom wearing it outside. The bottom is made of some type of synthetic material similar to the anthracite material found in the BMW 3 series Performance Package.

While it's a fairly narrow shoe overall my wife likes the fit and overall comfort. It should be perfect for it's intended sport – motoring. However it's worth nothing that they are snug with the boot and a bit more comfortable without.

The MINI_Motion driving show is available in both Black and Grey at MINI_Motion.com or at select Puma retailers worldwide for $150. This particular pair was found in a California Puma outlet for the unheard of sale price of around $30 – although sizes were limited.

  • Matt


    do you mind e-mailing me the shops particulars?

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabriel Bridger

    Check this thread for the phone number. The largest size they had left was an 11.

  • Matt

    done, thanks!

  • Matt

    crap! they've been out of them for a couple weeks. the search goes on.

  • R

    I can seel you a pair of used Nike Air Mocs if ya need a ugly shoe to wear…..R

  • Randolph Lee

    I ordered a pair in 12 from the MiniMotion site but I had to send them back as my feet were too wide and high in the instep I could not even fasten the buckle and I agree about the sock being useless so even if they had fit I think I would have sent them back as I was hoping for a shoe that would give good feel and support on track days but with the inner liner something that would be high comfort for long trips

  • Techie

    I would like to purchase the mini 2 part shoes by Puma for men, size 10. Where can I buy it?

  • Edge

    I spent hours a month or two ago trying to call around to a BUNCH of the official MINI_Motion stores all over the country. None of them had the shoes, some of them didn’t know what they were, and some of them did, but said “Oh, that was a promotional thing that ended a long time ago”.

    Some of these stores were even actual “Puma” stores!

    Bummer… and I REALLY wanted a pair of these too.

  • Nacho

    I have a brand new pair of Mini Motion Driving shoes sz 10 avail email at NAM for advert. Cheers, Nacho

  • Spire

    If you guys are really into driving, you have to have the proper shoe which connects you to the car in the most accurate ways. I’ve searched the site and am very surprised there is no mention of Tod’s or Geox driving shoes. Both are well respected as some of the best driving shoes in the world.

    Maybe time to do another article…


  • Giovanni Barreca

    Hi Guys,

    Old thread I know, but, I have a lightly used pair for sale. I am size 10, but bought 11 as was desperate to own these Iconic shoes…

    In the end I just never wore them as they are too big..

    So if you are interested in a Grey Pair with the Driving Socks, please contact me +447961565686

    Cheers, Gio

    UK Size 11 – Posted 2nd December’10