A note about the female drivers/racers in Motorcity...
When I last wore my Julie cosplay I ran into an interesting argument that never crossed my mind, that I actually want to address because the person’s assumptions rubbed me the wrong way.
When asked who I was dressed as, I said I was Julie Kane from the show Motorcity, and when they weren’t sure who she was, I described her as “something of a double-agent and auto racer.” The man I was talking to, gave me a once over and laughed, pointing to my boots, exclaiming “Why the hell would anyone race in heels, it’s obvious it’s a cartoon.”
Okay, I’ll be the first to tell you that driving while wearing heavy boots or heels IS a totally different feeling in the relationship between your feet, your speed, and the pedals, than say wearing sneakers for example! It’s definitely not something one can do on a whim and expect your driving experience to “feel” the same; your weight is shifted from the center of your foot to the tips of your toes, and you hold your foot slightly more back than you usually would, to ensure the heel, if pointed, does not catch on the pedals and cause an issue.
However as a person who wears high heels and boots almost everyday even when not in cosplay, I can say I am totally used to driving like this and it’s not “difficult” for me at all! And I am by NO small means a skilled racer like Julie or Foxy for example.
I can walk, run, jump, climb stairs, and drive with little issue in heeled boots, and I am an extremely average person strength and physical skill wise, and am hardly ever impeded. The women who wear heels in Motorcity while racing are often fighters or martial artists with rigorous physical training—-why is it somehow out of the question that a person, male or female, who wears heels cannot somehow execute a task to the same level as another person who’s not? I mean like man, if for example Foxy DID struggle and wobble in her heels, I’m pretty sure she’s smart enough to know to not wear the damn things while driving if it affected her skill that much.
As another example, people who wear helmets while driving—-I can tell you straight up there would almost be NO WAY I could drive safely wearing a helmet without previous practice. I’ve never done it before, and I’d probably get disoriented damn fast. Does this mean I think people who wear helmets while driving or racing are impractical? Hell no! It’s obvious to me they must have done it several times and are used to the weight and feel of the helmet so feel totally comfortable with one on, and it doesn’t affect THEIR driving at all. So why is it out of the question that a person who probably wears heels all the time, most WITHOUT A DOUBT struggle driving in them?
If you’re used to something, it bothers you less. If you practice hard at something, you’ll get better! It all comes down to what you’re used to, and some people, such as Julie and Foxy and many other folks are totally used to wearing heels while driving, and it sure as hell doesn’t affect them any.
Have you SEEN those ladies race? I don’t think they’re having ANY trouble in the driving department, least of all from their choice of footwear.