July 11, 2016
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- From completely new styles to classic upgrades, it has already been a banner year for golf shoes. Our Style Insider helps you to build your look and game from the ground up with the 16 best kicks so far this year. (Photos courtesy of respective brands)
Adidas Golf TOUR360 BOOST
The TOUR360 BOOST combines the heritage of Adidas Golf’s TOUR360 franchise with the brand’s responsive BOOST cushioning material. This latest iteration elegantly combines the midfoot support benefits of the 360Wrap with the increased traction of a full-length dual-density outsole. The BOOST foam midsole provides an energy return of more than 84% compared to the 50% to 65% with standard EVA materials. From a style standpoint, the low-profile, toe-down design is classic, yet modern and athletic.
Adidas Golf Adipure TP
Classic good looks meet modern performance in this top-shelf shoe from Adidas. The new pureMTO LAST, designed and handcrafted by world-renowned shoe creator Toshiaki Omori, provides a solid base with a refined shape and increased volume in the forefoot for a comfortable fit. A high-end leather upper is hand finished with a special coating that is not only waterproof, but also breathable. A glassfiber insert that runs from the midfoot to the heel enhances torsion control, support and stability, while the 10-cleat, low-profile outsole creates greater surface area contact for increased traction.
ECCO CAGEECCO is known for its ultra comfortable spikeless shoes, and it is now combining that level of comfort with the performance of a cleated shoe. The unique design employs a one-piece stability cage that wraps around the heel, through the midsole and across the toe box. This helps to lock the heel in place for increased stability during the swing, while the roomier fit in the forefoot allows the toes to spread out and move naturally. The distinctive cage is created through a direct-injection process, which bonds the upper to the outsole without the use of glue or stitching. An anatomical outsole design provides flexibility by aligning with and moving in unison with the foot's ligaments and muscles.
ECCO Speed HybridLooking for a solution to slow play? Then, check out ECCO’s new Speed Hybrid. With an athletic vibe and a running shoe silhouette, this shoe just looks fast. The sleek design and subdued colors allow it to effortlessly move from the course to the street to the gym. Like the ECCO CAGE, the Speed Hybrid boasts one-piece construction with a well-cushioned and flexible midsole, and an outsole with hard-wearing molded traction bars.
What does a red-eyed tree frog have to do with a golf shoe? FootJoy designers drew inspiration from the colorful amphibian’s grip and flexibility when creating the FreeStyle. The lack of an internal shank means freedom of movement is maximized and strategically-placed flex zones allow the shoe to naturally move with the foot. Through an internal testing process, FootJoy determined that this increased mobility helps some players to maximize power during their swing.
FootJoy Versaluxe™Deliver a shoe that features the ‘best-of-the-best’. That is what the design team at FootJoy was challenged with when they set out to create the new Versaluxe. They responded with a shoe that is as versatile as it is luxurious. Top-shelf materials, like a premium waterproof leather by Pittards® of England, a cork covered fit-bed, and a suede inner heel pocket are used throughout the shoe. The spikeless outsole and the contrasting and tonal laces give the Versaluxe a fashionable look on or off the course. Best of all, the more you wear the shoe the better it feels, as the leather linings mold to the feet over time.
G/FORE Tuxedo Gallivanter IV.0
Bubba Watson got suited and booted at The Masters in this Tuxedo colorway of G/FORE’s new Gallivanter shoe. This classic oxford blends traditional good looks with modern swagger. As stylish as this shoe is, it has the performance and comfort to match. The premium full grain leather upper is waterproof and the lightweight outsole boasts a bespoke cleat design for optimal on-course traction.
New Balance NBG3001
Borrowing technologies from its shoes in other sports categories, New Balance has created a high-performance golf shoe with an athletic aesthetic. Looking to give golfers a wider forefoot and a shallower toe, New Balance built the NBG3001 on the new PW-1 last. Originally designed to provide lightweight cushioning to runners, the REVlite® midsole provides maximum comfort while walking the course. Flex grooves on the outsole move with the natural motion of the foot and the lightweight microfiber upper is protects against rain and morning dew.
Nike Golf Lunar Control 4
Speed is nothing without control, which is why Nike designed the Lunar Control 4 to allow players, like Rory McIlroy, to attack the ball with velocity while maintaining control. Based on insights from McIlroy, Nike designers equipped the Lunar Control 4 with dynamic Flywire technology for support in the midfoot and an external heel counter to keep the foot in place. This is one athletic-looking shoe, right down to the Swoosh logo on the vamp, a design element borrowed from McIlroy’s favorite soccer shoes.
Nike Golf Flyknit Chukka
Nike’s Flyknit Chukka is unlike any shoe that has stepped onto the fairways. This ankle-high design is distinctly modern and plays into the high-top shoe trend. A thin TPU layer skin on the upper for water resistance, Nike’s Flywire technology for support and a Free-inspired sole with traction elements are a few of the golf-specific features that allow this street-savvy shoe to deliver on-course performance.
Puma Golf IGNITE Hi-TopRickie Fowler shocked the golf world by rocking this IGNITE Hi-Top at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions earlier this year, and they have been his go-to shoe ever since. The design team at Puma drew inspiration from a Puma lifestyle shoe and combined it with the TITANTOUR IGNITE outsole. The result is a progressive, cleated performance shoe with a lace and Velcro closure that challenges the status quo of golf fashion. If you are opting for the TITANTOUR IGNITE Hi-Tops this season, be sure to pair them with a well-tapered pant or joggers.
Air Jordan Retro 9 Golf Shoe
Okay, so your name isn’t Keegan Bradley and you can’t get your hands on a pair of his custom Jordans. Well, the next best thing is this throwback that combines an iconic basketball silhouette with a golf-specific twist. The Tri-Lok soft spikes sit on a Free-inspired outsole with rubber on the heel and forefoot for traction, and a forefoot moderation plate provides stability during the swing. Here’s a little bit of history, too. The Jordan 9 was the only signature shoe that MJ never laced up during his time with the Chicago Bulls. They were launched when his Airness retired from basketball to play baseball.
Puma Golf TITANTOUR IGNITE
The TITANTOUR IGNITE is all about comfort and performance. The new IGNITE foam in the midsole is designed to maximize energy return while delivering responsive cushioning and optimal rebound. TOUR-level traction and stability is attained through a lightweight outsole, while anatomically positioned grooves provide flexibility and allow the foot to move naturally. The comfort features extend beyond cushioning and flexibility, though. Thanks to the space-age Outlast material in the insole that regulates foot temperature, sweaty swamp foot is a thing of the past. From a style standpoint, the TITANTOUR IGNITE blends a sleek, modern shape with a stylish and classic toe-down design.
Royal Albartross Club Royale
Old-world charm fused with new-world style is what you get from Royal Albartross’ Club Royale shoe. Handmade shoes have become dinosaurs on the fairways, but the Club Royale is hand-crafted from fine Italian leather. The golf-specific Vibram® sole provides a thin and flexible hitting platform, along with a unique blend of grip, traction, cushioning, stability and durability. This shoe is perfect for the golfer who appreciates the sartorial heritage of the game, but also embraces contemporary style and technology.
Under Armour Drive One
From the ground up, the Drive One, Jordan Spieth’s go-to shoe, is built for performance and comfort. The extra-wide outsole is engineered to deliver a powerful, yet flexible base, while the traction system allows the shoe to sit lower to the ground. The distinctive feature is the carbon heel counter, which provides stability throughout the swing. The perforated microfiber upper is waterproof and breathable. For added comfort, the responsive Micro G® foam midsole cushions every step and the dual-density sockliner forms to the foot.
Under Armour Tempo TourSubtle feel meets powerful support in Under Armour’s Tempo Tour shoe. Worn on the PGA TOUR by long-hitting Gary Woodland, the anti-roll support stabilizes the heel, while a molded sockliner works to cradle the foot. A waterproof and breathable full grain leather upper, an aggressive traction system, and a responsive midsole round out the impressive list of features that places the Tempo Tour at the forefront of Under Armour’s new line of footwear.