The Benefits of Using Sim Racing Shoes
In this blog post, you’ll be presented with the benefits of sim racing shoes. It’s about more than just comfort and immersion – it’s about performance as well.
Sim racing has become more authentic. This goes for both the hardware and the software. Now sim rigs at home can provide a level of immersion that the average sim racers could only dream of 10 years ago. So much effort goes into choosing and calibrating the hardware that it’s easy to miss the immersion that comes with the right accessories.
Better Grip, Better Performance
To achieve the best performance and fastest lap times, you need the right equipment, which you can learn more about here. Many races are determined within a fraction of a second, and sim racing boots can give a better grip on the plates, which can help you perform and achieve new PBs in the rig.
If you haven’t raced with racing shoes before, it’s normal to feel you lack a sense of nuance in your input in the beginning.
We work closely with several sim racers in our product development, and this has been a shared observation when making the transition from sim racing in socks to using boots or shoes.
But when you get used to the harder sole (compared to sim racing in socks), your inputs will be more consistent, and your muscle memory can improve.
Sim racing boots should be designed in breathable materials to keep your feet comfortable. Especially when endurance racing, sitting in your rig for hours at a time, you need to ensure you don’t unnecessarily strain your feet.
When your wear sim racing shoes, you minimize your feet and ankles getting sore because the shoes give you extra support. To gain maximum support, the right fit is essential, so you don’t have to refit them during a race – that could be catastrophic for your lap time!
In simple terms: You can perform better for a longer time because you limit potential foot cramps and grip loss on the pedal plates.
Are Sim Racing Shoes Necessary?
When racing with heavy-duty pedals like the hydraulic Invictas, you’ll undoubtedly benefit from racing shoes because they give you the right amount of support and grip.
If you prefer a more mid-range solution like the Forte pedals, sim racing shoes aren’t necessary for your performance and comfort. The Forte Face Plates are sock-friendly, and you can race for hours without boots and not feel the same fatigue.
It’s not a requirement to wear sim racing shoes by any means. However, they can give a more authentic experience and potentially improve your PBs.
You can find our Invicta™ Sim Racing Boots here.