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.

Written By: MF Staff

  • 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

Sort by MINI model

MotoringFile on Instagram

MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

Advertise with MotoringFile

If you or your company are interested in advertising on the most influential MINI website in the world, please visit our Advertising section. If you have further questions about becoming a sponsor or would like to see our rate sheet please feel free to contact us directly.
mini mini
Translate MotoringFile with Google: 
2015 F56 JCW

MotoringFile Buyers Guides

R50 ('02-'06 MC) Buyers Guide
R53 ('02-'06 MCS) Buyers Guide



MotoringFile Reviews

'12 JCW Coupe
'11 Fiat 500 Sport
'11 Tesla Roaster 2.5 '11 Countryman Comparo
'11 Cooper S Hatch
'11 Countryman MCS (FWD)
'11 Countryman MC (auto)
'10 Mayfair MCS (auto)
'11 Countryman MCS (ALL4)
'10 MINI E
'10 Tesla Roadster Sport
'09 Cooper S Convertible
'09 JCW Hatch
'09 JCW Clubman
JCW Stage I vs JCW Stage II
'08 Clubman S (Auto)
1st Drive: '08 MINI Clubman
'08 Smart Fourtwo
Comparison: '08 BMW 135i
'06 R53 MCS vs '07 R56 MCS
'07 R56 JCW (Stage 1)
'07 MINI Cooper S Long Term
'07 BMW Z4 M Coupe
'07 MINI Cooper & Cooper S
Audio: '07 MC/MCS at the Track
'06 JCW GP Long term
Reader Review: JCW GP
'06 JCW Cooper S Long Term
Comparison: '06 Lotus Elise
Comparison: '06 Mazda MX5
Comparison: '06 UK Focus ST
Comparison: '06 Civic Si
Comparison: '04 TVR T350
Comparison: '06 Nissan 350z
Comparison: '06 VW GTI w/DSG
Podcast: Cooper S Auto
Podcast: BMW 325i
Podcast: JCW MC Soundkit
'04 JCW MINI Cooper Tuning Kit
'05 MCS: One Month Review
'05 MCS Auto
'05 JCW S 1st Drive
'05 MINI Cooper
'05 MCS Conv. Long Term
'05 MINI Cooper S
'05 MCS Cabrio 1st Drive
'04 JCW MCS First Drive
'04 MC w/JCW Tuning Kit
'04 MINI Cooper CVT
'02 MCS 3 year Review
Autocrossing the MINI Range