Honda Trending Sporty With Civic-Inspired Driving Shoe

Is the 2016 Honda Civic so sporty that it warrants its own driving shoe? Honda thinks it is. The Japanese automaker partnered with online retailer and digital publication Thrillist –which came up with the idea–to create a driving shoe inspired by the compact sedan.

Sporty may not be the first adjective that jumps to mind when you think of the fuel efficient sedan. Earlier generations of the Civic were boring, outdated, and underpowered. The vehicle didn’t reflect the capabilities of the Japanese brand known for its engine technology. To that end, Honda redeemed itself with the all-new 2016 Honda Civic, snagging the 2016 North American Car of the Year award as a result of its effort. And yes, with its available 1.5-liter turbo-charged engine that produces 174-horsepower and 162 lb. ft. of torque, some models are legitimately sporty.

But back to the shoe. The HT3 Driving Shoe was designed by JackThreads senior shoe buyer Michael Vincent in collaboration with Jarad Hall, who helped lead the Civic’s exterior design in Honda’s R&D department. The driving shoe features a quilted leather pattern on the heel counter and insole, and articulated nodes wrap around the ankle for support. A suede neoprene vamp over the top of the shoe covers the laces and provides a snug fit. Peel that shroud back and you’ll see the Civic logo (this writer didn’t know that Civic had its own logo). Whether or not the Civic’s clean lines are reflected in the shoe is in the eye of the beholder. You may have to be a car designer (or shoe designer) to appreciate it.

The HT3 Driving Shoe isn’t the first branded footwear offered by Honda. A quick online search reveals motorcycle and racing shoes. The online men’s retailer often partners with brands to develop custom products. If you’re in the market for a shoe to maximize your Civic’s performance capabilities, the  HT3 Driving Shoe retails for $100 and is available exclusively on

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