One of the benefits of writing for Three Guys Golf is that I get to try out gear I would have otherwise never have the chance to see, let alone review. In this case I was given a pair of the new Dagwood James Black canvas shoes. I can honestly say that I would have never stumbled upon the Dagwood brand had it not been for Three Guys Golf, so don’t feel like you are “out of the loop” if you’re in the same boat as me.
I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of Foot Joy, but you may not yet be aware of the FJ City, a new line of shoes they released in April of this year. The line is made of up of 6 different models – 3 wing tip and 3 standard, each with a slightly funky twist on color pairings that add a little edge to the standard FootJoy look. As FootJoy’s website puts it: “a street style shoe designed for golf, the FJ City is fashion forward allowing any golfer to look his best on the golf course”.
The old joke (that is not very funny) was that when you saw Tide get a new name like “Tide Breeze” you knew there was a change in the marketing department. The fact is most products go through endless incremental changes so that the company can always have something new without every really doing very much to improve the actual product.
Where to start? Let’s start with the basic disclaimer that I have been a huge fan of True Linkswear since I got my first pair of PHX a couple of years ago. Looking back at those early models I am genuinely impressed that the company has been able to make such huge improvements to a shoe that (at the time) I thought was pretty darn solid.
Once known as uber comfortable clown shoes, True Linkswear are now far better looking and even more comfortable than ever before. The three new shoes that I have personally worn are the Oxford, Lyt Dry and the Limited Edition Masters Wingtip.
True Linkswear Oxford:
True Linkswear Lyt Dry:
True Linkswear LE Masters Gent Wingtip:
All Day I Dream About Shoes
Boots, wedges, heels, stilettos, flats, sandals, tennis shoes, fancy shoes and yes don’t forget golf shoes, we dream of them all. It isn’t new news that one of the paths to a girl’s heart is through shoes. We all own more than we need, yet struggle to pick which ones to wear each morning. We will never stop buying them, NEVER! Sometimes we buy them just for the look, actually more than we’re willing to admit we buy them just for looks. Other times we buy them for comfort and sometimes for functionality.
No matter the occasion, no matter the purpose we enjoy our shoes. What is not so much fun is the hunt for the perfect shoe. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not shopping that I enjoy – it’s the thrill of finding something that fits or that I love. Shopping isn’t what brings me joy; it is the purchasing that feels so good. The thought of “Oh I can’t wait to wear this I am going to look and feel so good”! Recently I was able to feel that because of the brand new clima-cool ballerina golf shoes that Adidas just released.
I am in love! I have struggled for years trying to find a golf shoe I liked. When looking for a golf shoe you know you need to find a shoe that is for functionality and comfort. Most times they are clunky, wide, heavy and not attractive. The clima-cool ballerinas are amazing; it truly feels like you’re golfing barefoot. I guess that makes sense considering they only weigh 4.8oz. When I first put them on at home the day I received them, I joked that they felt like a house slipper. They molded to my foot and I actually didn’t take them off for the rest of the day as I ran errands and went to my son’s soccer practice. These shoes do not look bulky like a golf shoe traditionally does so you can definitely get away with wearing them on and off the course.
As I approached the tee box on hole 1 I found myself being a little nervous about the shoe. I had already fallen in love and god forbid they don’t perform on the course. My fears were they wouldn’t be supportive enough, my heel may slip out the back during my finish and that sand would get in them . . . that is only if I go in the sand though, which I don’t, yea right. Turns out, Adidas knew what they were doing when they designed this shoe. The mesh they used to create part of the body is permeable enough to allow your foot to breathe yet still fine enough to not let sand through. The opening of the shoe molds around your ankle also blocking sand or dirt from up top. The fabric they used does not cut off circulation; I was worried it would be too tight and bug me after an hour or be too loose and my heel would slip out, neither happened. The shoes honestly mold to your feet, and this is probably why Adidas offers a 90 day comfort warranty! That blew my mind when I read that, you won’t find that with your Jimmy Choo’s.
This shoe does not have spikes and I’m starting to think those are soon to be something of the past. I am seeing less and less golf shoes that have the traditional spikes. These ballerina shoes have a thin moldable sole with a consistent grip design that is created of small rubber nodules. They also have a foam insert with arch support (kind of reminds me of memory foam). I just can’t say it enough, these shoes are amazingly comfortable and I will own multiple pairs. They are functional, comfortable and good looking.
Currently you can find them online, where they are retailing for around $99. They come in solar blue & silver, silver & bahia mint, and mid grey & tribe purple. I would love for them to make a black or charcoal grey shoe with red accents and a white & pink combination. My thought is these shoes are going to fly off the shelves this season, so I would get them early. I hope to have one in each color . . . it will be hard to slip into another shoe after experiencing the comfort of the Adidas ballerina.
Here’s a little history for you. People for years have believed that Adidas stands for All Day I Dream About Sports, some believe the S stand for soccer and those of a juvenile mind firmly state the S stands for sex. In truth it stands for none of those things. Adolf (Adi) Dassler started the company in 1949 and he decided to name his company by using the first three letters of his first name and the first three letters of his last name, creating Adi-Das. That being said I will never say AdiDas again without sounding like I have an accent. However, my prediction is if they continue to produce such killer shoes then then they will soon be known for the acronym All Day I Dream About Shoes! The funny thing about acronyms is they are often untrue, just like the word Golf: ‘gentlemen only ladies forbidden’ is not its true meaning even though many still claim it to be. The word golf started as a medieval Dutch word “kolf” or “kolve” which meant “club”. It wasn’t until the 16th century that it transcended into golf.
Throughout my life asking why and why not has served to be a blessing on some occasions and a curse on others. I like to understand things, I am never afraid to admit I do not know something and I also am not afraid to blaze a new path if I don’t like the options before me. At one time I did believe that golf stood for gentleman only ladies forbidden. In a feisty I’m going to do what I want state of mind I create a league called SWING. This actually is an acronym and stands for Savvy Women In Need of Golf.
We are a non-competitive cocktail league for women and we thrive on growing the game one happy hour at a time. We love to bring fashion on the course so believe me when I say “this shoe is going to kill it”, because if anyone knows what’s going to look good on the course it is my league. So whether you golf or SWING, or believe the S in Adidas stands for sports, soccer, sex or shoes, it really doesn’t matter as long as you’re swingin’ a club somehow somewhere. Those who dress well, play well, let’s keep the game alive and look good while we’re doing
You can check out the Adidas Clima Cool Balerina golf shoes on the Adidas Website.
The name “Justin Boots” is synonymous with the cowboy lifestyle much like Titleist or TaylorMade is so clearly associated with the golfing world. If you have spent any time spent in states like Texas, Wyoming or Montana then Justin Boots is already a household name for you. For us city folk, however, the brand may not be as familiar.
So what in tarnation does Justin Boots have to do with golf? OK, I promise no more cowboy jargon. The answer is quite simple; Justin Golf is hoping to parlay their footwear expertise into the world of golf.
This is by no means an easy task. The list of failed footwear companies is about as long as the list of people who want to punch Brandel Chamblee in the nose. That being said, Justin Golf enters the market with a stellar resume and a long history in footwear. It should, therefore, not come as any surprise then that Justin Golf flat-out nailed it with their first line of high end golf shoes.
Justin has a rich history of American made, high quality products. Founded by H.J Justin back in 1879, they have over 135 years of boot making experience! The Justin quality and craftsmanship is so obvious that even a non cowboy boot wearer like me was drawn into their PGA Merchandise booth.
Traditionalists will love the Justin Golf line as it harkens to the golden era of golf when men wore their Sunday best. Now, to be fair, I am a huge fan of minimalist golf shoes but I also appreciate the traditional looking shoe. It’s just that I have never been able to pull the trigger and actually buy a pair of traditional golf shoes. I partially blame my juvenile notion that how you dress for golf should be comparable to your game, and since I’m still a relative newbie, there was no way I could justify wearing Pro level shoes with a hacker’s swing in my bag.
So here’s the thing – it is super obvious that the Justin Golf shoes are insanely well made and carry a style that is completely unique from anything I ever wear. Add to that the fact that I have never played golf in a shoe with a heel, I decided I’d better take some baby steps. To break in my set of Justin Golf shoes I wore them around the house without the spikes for the weekend. Being a novice to the high end shoe realm I wasn’t sure if a break in period was needed or not, but I figured it best to be on the safe side.
The break in time with the shoes was worth it on a couple of different levels. First, taking the time to basically learn how to walk in shoes with a heel at least saved me from looking like a fool as I played golf in them (Seriously, I NEVER wear shoes with a heel).
Aside from learning how to walk appropriately, I also learned just how comfortable they truly were. Mind you, it did take a little while to get used to the different way the shoe fits compared to athletic shoes, but the comfort was undeniable and I kinda felt like a badass strutting around the house in $400 shoes.
Justin Golf offers 17 different variations, but for this review we received the JG112. While all of the shoes have a classic look, the JG112 are visually stunning with a beautiful combination of an Albatross Classic white leather and a contrasting Phantom black made from Caiman lizard skin (perfectly at home in my little town of Las Vegas).
Beyond the style, one element that sets Justin Golf shoes apart from their competitors is the use of a leather sole. Unlike most golf shoes that have a synthetic sole, Justin Golf held true to its roots and kept the leather sole in place, which they believe adds to the comfort and durability. To ensure the highest level of stability Justin Golf added an additional spike to the bottom of the shoe, so rather than the standard 9 spike configuration, these have 10 (if it only went to 11).
Satisfied that the style and craftsmanship of the Justin Golf shoes was unsurpassed, I was eager to see if those qualities would transfer to the course . . .
The answer is a resounding YES!
Like I had stated earlier, the heel of the shoe made me slightly anxious. Remember, I have been wearing a zero drop shoe pretty much every day of my life so I have become rather accustomed to the flat-footed feel. Going to a heel, albeit not a very big one, still gave me the sensation I was wearing 6” stilettos and standing over the ball at a 45° angle.
All my uneasiness was quickly stymied though when on the first tee I piped my drive dead and then knocked my approach within 20 feet! Reliving one of my favorite shoe campaigns of all time my inner Spike Lee jumped out and in true Mars Blackmon fashion screaming “It’s Gotta be the Shoes!”
While I wish I could report a record round, I ended up shooting my typical score, but I did look like a rockstar! One item of note is how well they performed in the bunkers and in tricky lies. My footing or traction was never an issue and I stayed glued to course throughout the entire day.
As for wear and tear, the shoes should last for years as long as you treat them better than the ones you toss in your trunk and leave there until your next outing. Like any fine leather, these shoes need to be cared for.
There is no doubt in my mind that Justin Golf is going to be a serious player in the high end golf shoe market. I say high end because all the quality, craftsmanship and exotic fabrics comes at a premium price. Starting out at $400 and peaking at $800 there is a price to be paid for this luxurious style. That being said I was completely blown away by the Justin Golf shoe.
SIDE NOTE: I’ve been told by many, many people that you just can’t find a more comfortable pair of shoes than a pair of boots. I’ve even played in a softball league with a guy who wore boots and he was an absolute stud in the outfield. To that end, Justin Golf took care of the true cowboy. For those boot lovers out there that may have a soft spot in their heart for the game of golf, Justin Golf created several styles that are a full cowboy boot with spikes. How cool is that! I’m not the one who’s going to challenge the notion of a boot being more comfortable than my running shoes, and if they’re anything like the pair of Justin shoes I received I just might be inclined to give it a try.
You can see all the unique options that Justin Golf has to offer on the Justin Golf website.
Being the Imelda Marcos of golf shoes, I now can tell a good shoe from a great shoe in about 5 seconds, which is exactly how long it took for me to determine that the FootJoy DNA fell into the latter category.
Last fall I reviewed the FootJoy Icons and I continue to wear them on a fairly regular basis. With that said, the new DNA’s are a clear upgrade in just about every facet (except they are not money blue and yellow like my Icons).
I have been following the evolution of Ecco for quite some time now and have been 100% on the bandwagon since the first pair arrived at my doorstep. Since then, I think Ecco has continued to make improvements, with each iteration being just a little better than the last. A few years ago I reviewed the Ecco Street Premiere golf shoes. and while I no longer wear them on the course, they have become my everyday shoe (they are on my feet as I type). For those math majors out there, they are nearly two years old and still in great condition.
Last year Ecco introduced the BIOM and got rave reviews. Unfortunately, I never owned a pair, but I personally thought they were a huge improvement over the Street Premiere both in terms of look and performance.
With the EVO One, Ecco looks to build on that success in part by beefing up the actual construction of the shoes, an area that I think was a bit lacking in the Street Premiere. To do this, they added a large contrasting sturdy area around the heal that adds to both the look and the stability.
Additionally, the EVO One has a wider base than some of the older models. Oddly, the EVO’s definitely run nearly a size larger than other Ecco’s (European), specifically in the toe area. I have worn size 46 in every pair of Eccos I have owed (about 5) but needed to step down to a 45 as they are just longer in the toe.
Another improvement to the shoe (at least from the Street Premiere) is a well-constructed heel cup, which improves stability during your golf swing. In terms of resistance to water, the shoes are rated “water resistant” but I had no issues when I put my foot in standing water up to the third eyelet. I am unsure of the exact difference in rating but Ecco uses Hydro-max technology in the leather which make this shoe perfectly acceptable for wet weather golf (albeit maybe not torrential rains).
The cleat system that Ecco is known for remains basically the same, although it has also been tweaked and now boasts 800 traction angles. Unlike other soft spiked golf shoes, with Eccos you will never see a rapid decline in traction. For example, my handy old Ecco Street Premieres are worn every day (I have a dog and walk a lot), and the only real noticeable wear is on the heel. Note that I have been wearing them every day for about 6 months and walking on concrete.
As for comfort, the Ecco brand shines through and provides a lightweight but stable platform. However, I was noticeably concerned about wearing them straight to the course. My first day with the shoes came during the PGA Show where I walked for about three hours in the convention hall before heading out to play golf. I made a last second decision to change shoes as they were just a bit stiff around the ankle. Since that time I have not had any issues as they have softened up, but I do think the added stability has made the EVO One a touch less forgiving (at least on day one).
Like the other Ecco shoes, the EVO One is available in a number of colors and all come with an extra set of laces (in a different color). Speaking of laces, I think Ecco does a great job. Many golf shoes have laces that refuse to stay tied. My Street Premier’s stay laced 24/7 and never come undone. Kudos to Ecco for this small detail.
The Ecco EVO One run about $160 and can be purchased on the Ecco website.
I haven’t worn traditional spikes to play golf in years, and that’s not the chorus of the song. The fact is, I don’t ever plan on wearing traditional golf shoes ever again, and shoes like the Nike FI Impact are strong cases for the reason why. For those of you with short attentions spans, I am gonna spill the beans and say that these shoes have truly impressed me on several levels.
While much of the credit for the popularization of soft spike golf shoes goes to Fred Couples, you can actually trace some of the history through the NFL. Growing up, I came from a football family where it was the sport of choice for me and my brothers (and my father’s profession). Back in the 70’s when NFL teams were moving to turf, players like my dad were also making the transition to non-spiked shoes. In fact, my dad had a pair of one of the very first turf shoes ever developed. When I was old enough to play on turf in high school, he let me break out his pair, and I never looked back to traditional cleats again. So for me, soft spiked golf shoes seem to be the obvious choice.
Once I started playing golf in my 20s, I enjoyed the grip of cleats, but didn’t enjoy the hardness and unevenness of walking in them or the styles of the golf shoes that were the norm. My hips, feet and back were taking a beating as well. Fortunately, with the well-chronicled shoe revolution we now have quite a few great choices.
For this particular golf shoe, Nike brought in Suzann Pettersen to help design the F1 Impact. Suzann drew from her 8 years studying shoeless running, and working with the Stanford golf team. Nike learned that Stanford players were practicing barefoot, following in the footsteps of pros like Sam Snead and Rocco Mediate, who have long-extolled the virtues of feeling the ground with your bare feet during your swing.
The Nike FI Impact Golf Shoes truly wrap around my foot and fit like a glove and with the way the low-profile sole works with the ground, they give tremendous feel through the motion of the foot as it pushes off the ground in the swing. There are no cleats on shoe, but when hitting off of wet, dewy grass I was amazed at how much the nubs gave me a solid grip; and yet they felt like running shoes when walking on pavement.
The facts that these shoes are water-proof, exceptionally comfortable, lightweight, highly breatheable (due to the mesh upper), and exceptionally dynamic (due to soft ‘finger’s through the arch area that keep the uppers connected to the sole during the movement of your foot) make them a great value at $130.
They come in four color combinations, including grey and blue besides the ever-popular white and black. I have been trying the blue, and although they were a little bright for my taste when I first looked down to swing, I noticed that it made it very easy to check my setup and foot position with barely a glance.
If you’ve tried ‘barefoot’ running shoes or ever played golf barefooted, or even longed to, you should give these a try. They give you many of the benefits of your bare feet, with plenty of helpful options to go along with it.
You can learn more about the Nike F1 Impact golf shoe on the Nike Golf Website.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream, mint julep and of course “just one more wafer thin mint”. Yes, mint makes most everything better except maybe shoes. Huh, mint shoes? Yup, Kikkor has been bold enough to offer their Men’s Player in splendid mint!
Of all of the shoes I trot out, I get more double takes and questions about the Kikkor Player Mint Shadow than anything else. And why not, they are green for Pete’s sake. Since we have reviewed the Kikkor shoes in the past I will spare you the company details and just hit you with what is new.
The Mint Shadow is basically like the other Kikkor Player shoes except one small detail. They are freaking mint color and they are awesome. I am not sure exactly why a green pair of shoes are so cool, but it is not just me. Again, I get guys from all walks of life tell me they dig these shoes so I am gonna go ahead and say they are 100% money.
Speaking of which, they won’t break the bank as the price tag comes in at a cool $99. Not bad for a water resistant suede shoe. Note on water resistant -no way am I wearing these in the rain so I don’t care about waterproof but I do care that they keep my feet dry in early morning wet grass (which they do).
Comfort wise, Kikkor are pretty darn comfortable. Perhaps not as comfortable as I want them to be but I think that is more due to the fact that they look like they should be insanely amazingly comfortable and they are merely very comfortable. Walking 18 is no issue with the Kikkors and there is no break-in period.
Aside from the color, I also really like how they have separated the space between the grommets where you lace up the shoe. I am not sure what that space is called, but most shoes have a very small space where as with the Kikkor Player shoes, there is a full inch of space which give them a very unique look. That and the fact they are mint green (have I mentioned that?).
The sole is your standard Kikkor cleat. Traction is fine and they last fairly well. The back two cleats seem to wear a little faster but getting a season in should not be a problem. The truth is these are not a pair of shoes you are going to wear for two years.
For me, these are a great shoe to wear on days of blue sky and light breeze. They say “dude it is awesome outside, lets play some golf!” These are not workman shoes to be trotted out while grinding on your game or when clouds are looming. Naw, they are for better times. Mint green times.
Final note on the suede. I was pretty sure that after three rounds they would look awful and discolored but they actually hold up very well. Yes, they do get a little dirty but you can scrub them and get them mostly clean. The mint color remains solid and bold. Again, not for keeping two years but for a summer’s worth of play – perfect!
P.S. A huge thank you to Kikkor for sponsoring the Hoeffler Cup, which is a tournament we organize as a way to raise money for Victory Juncton and SKJAJA Fund. Kikkor does a fantasic job with community outreach and is definitely one of the “good guys”.
You can check out all of the Kikkor gear on their website
Skechers is a term that’s synonymous with foot apparel and for many years now they have been a fixture in the malls of America. With their uniquely crafted and popular shoe designs, Skechers has made a name for themselves in today’s pop culture. Believe it or not, they have now taken on the challenging task of entering the golf shoe market.
As I made my way around the 2013 PGA Expo in Vegas last month I was more than a bit surprised to bump into the Skechers booth. “Huh, did I make a wrong turn and find my way into the X Games pavillion?” After being reassured Skechers was in fact a bonafide exhibitor, I dove in to see what they were up to and how they planned on making a mark in the brutal golf shoe market.
For this review we received a pair of the Skechers GObionics in the Black and Red. As you can see the shoe has a very athletic, very sporty appearance and tipping the scales at a mere 10.9oz it is surprisingly light. The athletic look falls right in line with Skechers other products; they’ve basically taken the very successful GObionic line and morphed it into a practical yet effective golf shoe.
The GObionics are lightweight, comfortable, waterproof and have more grip than a rock climber . . . thanks to their trademarked ResaGrip™ the Skechers have not disappointed. Using their GObionic engineering, Skechers has taken a natural inspired organic design and created a golf shoe that allows your feet to move more freely. Furthermore, with a zero drop heel you also get the natural barefoot feeling that has become widely popular in golf shoes of late. NOTE: I found they do run a little small, so you might want to consider a half size up when picking a size.
I broke the GObionics in over several practice sessions and was quite pleased. They’re actually pretty rugged and can take a good beating. Considering how lightweight they are I was sure they would be susceptible to damage or show signs of wear, however that hasn’t been the case.
Several rounds in, the GObionics are still holding up their appearance and what’s even more impressive is how the comfort level has improved since I first put them on – there is definitely a break in period. The traction while on the course is superb and the stability you get is surprising.
I believe that Skechers is off to a great start and certainly on the right path to a great golf shoe. Just like many of the companies that have come into the golf segment, I only see them making positive improvements as they continue to learn and gain feedback from their customers.
The GObionics retail for $130.00 and are available on the Skechers website. They’re offered in three color patterns; the Black/Red we reviewed, an energetic Green/Black version and a stylish White.
Welcome to the golf world Skechers, we’re glad to see you
Heavy is the head the wears the crown, and for Footjoy, maintaining their market share is surely not easy. Like every golfer, I have owned my fair share of Footjoys in the past. To be honest, I walked away from the brand a few years ago as I saw other companies releasing innovative designs while FJ tended to be stuck in the saddled Dryjoy.
Recently, however, FootJoy has become bolder as evidenced by the M Project shoe that we reviewed this summer. Additionally, Footjoy has expanded their popular MyJoys line in which customers can create a near endless pallet of shoe concepts.
The process is simple. Start by choosing the basic model and then customize base colors, accents, laces and initials. The web interface makes it all super easy to switch out colors and even gives you ideas based on color preferences.
So, with time to kill and endless opportunity, I sat down to design my first pair of MyJoys. While FootJoy now offers customization on the casual shoe, I decided to go with the Icon seeing how I have been bashing tour shoes for being outdated by the more progressive spikeless/alternative shoes. I guess I figured it was only fair to give them a real shot and with the Icon I would be able to test the top of the line FJ classic golf shoe.
To be clear, a basic white or black with a mild accent color would perhaps have been wiser, but no one has ever accused me of being wise. Plus, I wanted to push the envelope a bit. Hence, I ended up with blue shoes with yellow trim. The way I see it, we all have brightly colored tennis shoes and think nothing about wearing them with virtually any pair of shorts or pants so why should golf shoes be any different?
After completing the order, which included initialing the heel (why anyone would pass on this option is a mystery to me), I was informed that my shoe would take about two weeks to complete. Not too bad considering it would be made specifically for me and to my specifications.
When the shoes did arrive, I must say it was pretty cool to see my creation in the flesh. A monster? Maybe, but it is my beast. The next question would be how would I like them compared to my spikeless shoes that I have come to love.
Round one: Typically I walk, but his day we took a cart. I was pleasantly surprised that the FJ Icons did not feel overly heavy. On the contrary, they were very comfortable and obviously provided a ton of support and traction. After 18 holes my feet felt great and I had to admit that I dug the tour look. One odd advantage is that there is no doubt what sport I am playing when wearing these babies, something that is not as true with soft-spiked “alt” shoes.
Round two: 18 walking on my home course, or as I say “my bread and butter” round. I probably walk 100 rounds per year so I am no stranger to hoofing it. After 9 holes, the feet felt great. My dogs were not too hot despite waterproof leather and I appreciated the support as some of my walking shoes are a little sloshy.
After 18 holes, however, I did notice I was slightly more tired than normal. The fact is the FJ Icons are a bit heavier than the new super-light golf shoes. Frankly, the Icon was never marketed as a walking shoe so it is not a huge knock to say there are better options for those who prefer not to take a cart.
As I mentioned earlier, the FJ Icons are waterproof and come with a two year warranty. If there is one thing FootJoy knows how to do, it is make a shoe that lasts forever. I think I have three pairs of Footjoys in the garage that I cannot bring myself to throw away even though I wore them for ages and will likely never wear again.
In the end, I remain a huge fan of the spikeless golf shoe and believe they will ultimately dominate the market. With that said, I have a certain level of appreciation for the classic style and the MyJoy Icons represent a fine example of craftsmanship and lasting quality – they will be part of my “big match” rotation.
You can design your own Myjoys on the Footjoy website.
The Footjoy website says “M Project is unlike anything you’ve ever seen from Footjoy” That my friends, could not be more true. So true that I had to double check the tag to make sure this is in fact the same Footjoy that has been around since . . . well since forever.
Chances are if you’ve played golf for any length of time you have owned at least one pair of Footjoys. Despite all of the hoopla around new companies, these guys still command around 40% market share (at least). Don’t believe me? – the next time you play golf, look around and see how many saddle DryJoys you spot – yup, nearly every other guy has a pair.
Personally, I have owned many pairs of Footjoy shoes over the years and I’ve enjoyed their stability, longevity and waterproofness (not sure if that is a word but it’s true). Therefore, I was very curious to see how the M Project matched up feature-wise versus the more familiar styles. First off, the M Project is waterproof and comes with a 2 year guarantee. Check 1. Stability wise, the leather M Project are quite structured despite the minimalist styling. Check 2.
Where you really notice the difference between these and any other Footjoy (beyond the over-stitching and ribbons) is the low profile. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I walk most of my rounds so I was interested to see if the M Project would be as comfortable as the other Footjoys I have worn.Suffice it to say, Footjoy knows feet and comfort. Despite my somewhat nagging back problems, I found these shoes to be a great walking shoe as they provide plenty of cushion. Additionally, I really like the feel that the low profile affords.
Note that Footjoy offers a cleated version of the M Project as well and while it is slightly elevated, they claim that is the lowest profile cleat in the industry. For the purpose of this review I figured we would go Full Monty and check out the most “alt version” offered. Anyhow, I have worn enough spikeless golf shoes to know that they can provide provide plenty of traction and this was also the case in the M Project.
In short, these have been really enjoyable shoes to review. I found them to provide a stable base to hit from, sensitivity to the ground and sufficient padding to walk 18 holes. Toss in a wide variety of styles, colors, materials, sole versions, and the pedigree of Footjoy and you’ve got all you need from a golf shoe. The Footjoy M Project have a street price around $130 so they won’t break the bank either.
You can see the whole line of Footjoy products on their website.
I’m starting to feel like I’m the unwitting subject of Extreme Makeover: Golf Edition. This latest episode has me stepping even further out of my comfort zone with the True Linkswear Chukka – a golf shoe that looks like a normal cool shoe, has small nubs instead of spikes, and can only be worn with pants. Oh snap!
We are all aware by now that Adam and True Linkswear have been dating for a few months (the cheesy Facebook photos were a bit much), but I always figured the True Linkswear approach was not up to snuff for my aching feet. Simply put, True Linkswear goes with the super low-profile look . . . easy on the eyes but no way they would provide enough cushion and support for THIS GUY. My other “concern”, if it even registers on the worry scale, is that the small nubs would be inferior in some way to traditional soft spikes or more aggressive sole patterns. I’ll address these two items below:
1. The True Linkswear Chukka does NOT have as much support and cushion as my running shoe, of course, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I would go Xmas shopping in them. I would say they probably have a bit less cushion going on than other golf shoes that I’ve worn as well, but when it comes to this comparison, I think everyone would notice the difference but only my high-maintenance dogs would be bummed over it. What the Chukka does bring to the table in terms of feel, however, is kind of a laid-back casual vibe. I promise I’m not being seduced by looks here – the shoe simply does not feel as tight as any other golf shoe, no matter how hard you pull on the laces. It’s a wide sole, the sides are not as structured, and overall they make you feel like you’re gonna go play 18 in the Dominican Republic with Jason Dufner and Tommy Chong. Or shoot, maybe you’ll play 12 and get distracted, or 27 . . . who cares, you’re stoned.
So the dork in me did have some overall concerns when rocking the Chukkas on my first official round. It was winter, I hadn’t played much, the course was sweet – it was no time to mess around with comfort issues. What I noticed immediately is that the low-profile aspect of the Chukkas provides a really cool “feel the earth” deal, which is something Adam had alluded to during his courtship. It took about 2 holes for me to realize the genius of this concept. What I once saw as a drawback – the fact that there wasn’t enough protection between me and my living room hardwood – suddenly became a positive. Grass and dirt are generally soft, and hopefully that’s what you spend most of your time on during a round. So now I’m walking around on little green pillows, feeling laid back, wondering if Tommy Chong plays golf.
2. I’ll keep this brief. The nubs are fine! I’m convinced that as long as you don’t wear loafers or spray PAM on your soles, you’re going to get enough grip out of any damn shoe you wear on the course. I think the whole “grip” thing is not unlike the great dandruff scare of the 1980’s. Sure, use Head & Shoulders if it makes you feel better (it certainly doesn’t make you smell better), but c’mon, there’s no such thing as dandruff. So let the record show, this is the last sentence I will ever write about golf shoe spikes/nubs/traction. It’s a non-issue as long as some company doesn’t haul out Teflon soles.
You might disagree, but I’m thinking these suckers can only be worn with pants. So what I’ve stumbled into is my “winter shoe”, which is so pretentious I will have to go for a brisk walk on the nearest driving range after I finish this post. In fact, I think my dad just punched me in the face from 8 states away. Nevertheless, when the weather calls for pants, I will be sporting the True Linkswear Chukka. The feel is unique, cool, and I’m hoping the laid-back karma will creep into my swing tempo as well.
You can see the whole line of True Linkswear on their website.
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