Golf shoes run the innovation gamut
In the not-so-distant past, the only real choice in golf shoes was between black or brown saddle shoes.
Then the big decision was whether or not to switch to soft spikes.
But today, there seems to be a different golf shoe style for every outfit owned by every type of golfer, from sporty cross-trainer-esque golf shoes to classic wingtips with high-tech innards.
I’ve got, oh, 25 or so pairs of golf shoes currently in my trunk, but I’ve found two recently that are the current champs in terms of innovation.
The first is by a smaller shoe company called A-Game. A-Game produces a wide variety of styles and colors, but a significant subset of their shoes include the patented technology called Brisole. The outer edge of the outside toe of each shoe’s sole is lined with small rubber bristles that are designed to be used to clean off your clubface.
They may look a little funny at first – if you even notice them – but after several rounds wearing them, I can say that they really do work, especially for cleaning loose grass off of irons after a practice swing. Now I sort of miss this convenience when I’m not wearing them. The heel cup feels a little shallow on the classic buckskin style I have, but they’re nevertheless comfortable. A-Game shoes range from $60-$160, with several styles on sale at the company website.
The second game-changing shoe is by a much larger shoe company, Puma Golf, which has recently introduced the Faas ($90) golf shoe. Faas has a mesh upper, foam insole, and rubber outsole with built-in cleats, all of which weighs in at a miniscule 6.5 ounces. These shoes are incredibly comfortable – they feel like you’re walking on air – and are so light, you don’t even feel them on your feet. They are by far the most comfortable golf shoes I’ve ever worn, even if they do look like track shoes.
The soles provide plenty of support and traction, unless the grass is wet and the hills are quite steep (see for reference, the grass stains on my khaki shorts). But, given that the upper is a single layer of mesh, if there’s a lot of dew or moisture in the rough, either stay out of the rough (not likely with my tee shots) or wear some other shoes, as the Faas will let in a little moisture. On the other hand, they also dry very quickly, so if the sun comes out, they’ll be dry by the back nine.
So now not only can I match my shoes to my outfit, but I can match them to the conditions, and the level of comfort I need or want on any given day. That’s a lot to think about, but file it under modern golfer problems.
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