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TKART magazine Must Have | 5 top-of-the-range driver shoes for karting
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08 April 2023 • 4 min. read
When you become a kart racing driver, even just for practice session laps, you have to deal with the need to wear specific technical clothing. Speaking of shoes, if sneakers can be more than ok for driving in Rental karts, for Racing karts it becomes a must to have specific driver shoes for karts. There are many different options, in terms of manufacturing companies and characteristics to refer to. Although the shoes are not subject to approval, we have narrowed the circle in this selection of products, referring only to the shoe manufacturers that have FIA Karting approved overalls in their catalogue (what does  thatmean? For further information, read the “Dossier | FIA approvals: what they are, what they are for, how long they last… the definitive guide!”). For each one, we have selected the top-of-the-range shoe model, so as to give you an overview of the best that a kart driver can buy in the present day. Some of these companies also produce models that are less technically demanding and certainly less expensive. Furthermore, there are shoes made by companies that do not have FIA Karting approved overalls in their catalogue. This time, however, we decided to focus on this segment of the market, with the certainty that, in the future, we will certainly include others.

N.B. As always, we are also waiting for the intervention of the TKART community which can enrich this selection of top-of-the-range boots for karting via the "contributions" at the end of the article.

omp ks-1r

They complete the "super top of the range" product line of the same name (of which we also analysed gloves in the article "Must Have | 6 top-of-the-range gloves for karting") dedicated to OMP karting. The upper is made of microfibre, perforated on the plate and on the outside of the foot to allow breathability. The "Rotor" lacing system (an absolute novelty in the world of karting when it was launched) is designed to allow single-handed lacing and allows micro adjustments of the tension of the laces (in Kevlar) to optimise the product’s fit. Furthermore, again to promote comfort, an elastic knit lining is sewn in the achilles tendon area which ensures freedom of movement. The KS-1R is available in black/white only.

Indicative price

About 250 euro

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