FROM GREEN SUEDE TO FLUO LEATHER
How long is the time jump between these two shoes? Not as long as the image would suggest: from 2000 to 2016. With his peculiar OMP Best, in the “Valleverde” green version, Eddie Irvine at his first Jaguar F1 season is the virtual testimonial of this comparison. The time machine match is with the latest OMP racing shoe: One Evo R, 2016 version. 16 years or a geological era? Motorsport evolution is as fast as the cars on track.
Protection of foot was seeked, until the early 2000s, through the thickness and rigidity of the rubber sole.
MIND THE PEDAL
This lateral protection is a must, because it saves the shoe from the friction against the pedals. Only the resistance of the part, due to the evolution of materials, has been increased.
LET US BREATHE
The big problem of racing shoes until the early 2000s: too little transpiration in those closed suede boots stuffed with too much rubber foam. This insert finally has given some breath to the driver’s foot. It’s completely fire retardant, so it has been allowed by FIA regulations.
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