BEST SPIKED SHOES OF 2019
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BEST SPIKED SHOES OF 2019

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BEST SPIKED SHOES OF 2019
adidas Tour 360 XT
Under Armour HOVR Drive
adidas Tour 360 2.0
PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT Leather
Skechers Go Golf Pro V.4
Best Spiked Shoe 2019
adidas Tour 360 XT

The Tour 360 XT gives adidas back to back wins in the spiked shoe category. The adidas flagship offering ranked no worse than second for any metric we consider. It offers excellent arch support and an updated sole design that provides superior traction. For those focused on comfort, adidas’ boost foam provides just the right amount of cushioning.

  • The Best Spiked Golf Shoe for 2019
  • Outstanding stability and traction
  • Superior arch support
  • Boost technology for added support and comfort
  • Runs a little large
  • No BOA option
Under Armour HOVR Drive

Under Armour’s newest spiked golf shoe, the HOVR Drive, is easily the best and most stable the company has produced to date. The traction is superb, while a softer heel cup provides improved comfort.

  • Sturdy midsole and upper provide enhanced stability
  • Wider forefoot area
  • The most comfortable UA golf shoe to date
  • Detached tongue can be a little clumsy and provides a pathway for water into the shoe
adidas Tour 360 2.0

Last season’s winner, the adidas Tour 360 2.0, again proved difficult to beat. The 2.0 offers a stable platform that gives you the freedom to really go after it without spilling out of your shoes or losing traction.

  • Outstanding stability and traction
  • Excellent arch support
  • Classic adidas styling with multiple colorways available
    • Runs 1/2 size large
    PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT Leather

    The IGNITE PWRADAPT offers outstanding traction and stability while still being flexible enough to allow the shoe to adapt to the ground. As you’d expect from PUMA, the PWRADAPT Leather brings modern styling with above average comfort.

    • Provides excellent traction throughout the swing
    • Good heel support
    • Supple leather that molds to your foot
    • Heel tends to rub the foot a bit until it’s broken in
    Skechers Go Golf Pro V.4

    The Pro V.4 is the latest in a growing line of strong golf offerings from Skechers. Perhaps a slight step backward from the previous model, the V.4 is still insanely comfortable and that comfort doesn’t come at the expense of performance.

    • So soft, it’s like walking on kittens
    • Designed to withstand the elements
    • A step backward from previous Skechers model
    • Not among the most stable

    2019 SPIKED SHOE BUYERS GUIDE

    Despite the emergence of the spikeless golf shoe category, there are still many who prefer spiked shoes. While there are always exceptions, spiked shoes often provide better traction in wet conditions, and for golfers who need it, the additional stability that is sometimes traded for the versatility that makes spikeless shoes great for casual wear or for going straight from the office to the golf course.

    At the same time, manufacturers have responded to the changing trends by leveraging new and often lighter materials and placing a significantly greater emphasis on comfort without sacrificing the traction and stability golfers demand from their footwear. Simply put, these aren’t your grampa’s wooden-soled, metal spiked blister-makers.

    Whether you’re looking to buy a new spiked shoe today, looking for some buying advice, or just want a closer look at what’s on the market right now, this guide will help you find the right spiked shoe to fit your needs.

    How We Test

    We're here to help you find the perfect spiked shoe for your needs.

    To do that, we employ a rigorous and fully independent testing process that leaves no sole unexplored, no arch unsupported, and no stone unturned.

    The Test Process

    Shoes are tested head to head with rigorous protocols. Consideration is given to the design, comfort, and ultimately the performance of the shoe, both while walking and while swinging.

    Our Metrics

    The metrics we consider when rating golf shoes include Comfort, Traction, Stability, Resistance to the Elements, and Style.

    GOLF SHOE FEATURES THAT MATTER

    Comfort

    It’s important to understand that a significant portion of comfort comes from proper sizing. If you have a wide foot, you absolutely should gravitate to brands that offer wide sizing. The same is true for the narrow-footed among us. Every aspect of golf shoe performance begins with a proper fit.

    A golf shoe should be comfortable from the moment it goes on your foot. There shouldn’t be any rubbing or discomfort after just a few minutes of use. A quality golf shoe doesn’t require any significant break-in period. Simply put, under no circumstance should comfort be sacrificed.

    Traction

    The last thing you want is to slip or spin out during your swing. Seldom is a quality golf shot preceded by a slip. Traction is sometimes overlooked because many golfers assume that all spiked soles are created equal. That’s simply not the case. Some designs provide significantly better traction with the biggest differences emerging in wet conditions.

    Stability

    While stability – the feeling of having the foot locked in place during the swing – is generally regarded as important, it should be noted that some golfers prefer and benefit from a shoe that allows the freedom to move around the footbed a bit during the swing. That said, a shoe should never be so unstable that it allows the foot to spill over the edge of the footbed.

    Many golfers will find stability among the most important considerations in a golf shoe. Well-designed heel cups, along with stable support structures play a role in enhancing stability.

    Are You Wearing the Wrong Size Shoe?

    Did you know that, according to FootJoy, over 70% of golfers are wearing the wrong size shoe? It sounds almost unbelievable, but the reality is that only a small percentage of golfers seriously consider width when purchasing golf shoes. Take the time to have your foot measured to ensure you buy a properly sized shoe.

    2019 Spiked Features Chart

    NameMaterialColorsSizingWidthWarranty
    Adidas Tour 360 XT

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    Premium Leather47 to15M/W2 Year
    Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0

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    Premium Leather77 to 14M/W2 Year
    Callaway La Grange

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    FashionLite TPU48 to 14M/W2 Year
    ECCO Biom G3

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    YAK Leather45 to 13.5M/W1 Year
    Etonic Stabilizer

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    Microfiber Leather38 to 13M/W2 Year
    FootJoy Fury

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    Full Grain Leather47 to 15N/M/W/EW2 Year
    Mizuno Wave Cadence 2 GTX

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    Gortex46.5 to 11M/W2 Year
    Mizuno Nexlite

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    Premium Kuray66.5 to 11M2 Year
    New Balance Striker

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    Microfiber Leather38 to 16M/W/EW2 Year
    New Balance Minimus Tour

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    Premium Leather47 to 14M/W2 Year
    Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour

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    Premium Leather37 to 14M2 Year
    PUMA Ignite PWRADAPT Leather

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    Full Grain Leather37 to 14M2 Year
    Skechers Go Golf Pro V.4 Honors

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    Smooth Leather27.5 to 14M2 Year
    Skechers Go Golf Pro V4

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    Full Grain Leather37.5 to 14M/EW2 Year
    Under Armour HOVR Drive

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    Microfiber Leather27 to 15M/W2 Year
    Under Armour Speith 3

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    Microfiber Leather27 to 13M/W2 Year
    PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New Balance Striker - Function Over Form

    PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: New Balance Striker - Function Over Form

    While it won't suit every golfer's eye, the New Balance Striker is a serious contender in the spiked shoe category. The shoe features a stable heel cup that helps keep your foot locked-in during the swing. The insole is one of the softest we tested, making it a fantastic walking shoe.

    EXPERT TIP - What Does Fit Really Mean?

    It cannot be overemphasized: Fit is the most critical element of golf shoe performance. As you likely know, sizing is often inconsistent from brand to brand and even from model to model. The length and width of supposedly same-sized shoes varies tremendously, as do other fit-related elements like the toe box, mid-foot section, and heel cup. You're going to want to ensure that the shoe you buy is snug, yet comfortable and requires next to no breaking-in time.

    More Tips

    • Not everyone needs the most stable golf shoe one can find. It’s worth doing some experimenting with different shoe designs to determine what level of stability works best for you.
    • For those who do require more stability, look for designs with some form of wrap technology in the mid-foot section to help keep you anchored in your shoe.
    • BOA/DISC and lace systems sometimes secure the shoe, and ultimately your foot, differently than laces. If something doesn’t feel quite right in an otherwise comfortable shoe, it may be worth trying the BOA/DISC alternative when it’s offered. Note that these closure systems often increase the cost of the shoe.
    • While style preferences will vary among golfers, comfort is an absolute. Make it your top priority and don’t sacrifice it for any reason.
    • A healthy percentage of comfort comes from proper fitting. Take the time to have your foot measured to ensure you’re buying and wearing the proper size.

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    2019 Spiked Shoe Results

    NameStabilityComfortElementsStyleTractionTotal
    Adidas Tour 360 XT

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    1st2nd2nd1st1st93
    Under Armour HOVR Drive

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    2nd2nd7th4th1st90.5
    Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0

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    3rd7th2nd1st7th90
    PUMA Ignite PWRADAPT Leather

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    3rd5th9th3rd1st89
    Skechers Go Golf Pro V4

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    7th1st2nd10th13th85.5
    New Balance Striker

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    7th2nd11th15th1st85
    Under Armour Speith 3

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    5th10th11th4th1st85
    ECCO Biom G3

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    16th10th1st6th7th82
    Mizuno Wave Cadence 2 GTX

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    10th5th16th13th7th81.5
    New Balance Minimus Tour

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    7th8th9th16th10th81.5
    Callaway La Grange

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    10th14th7th8th10th79.5
    Skechers Go Golf Pro V.4 Honors

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    5th8th15th13th15th79.5
    FootJoy Fury

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    13th13th14th8th13th77.5
    Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour

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    10th16th2nd6th1st77.5
    Etonic Stablizer

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    15th12th11th10th15th76.5
    Mizuno Nexlite

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    13th15th2nd10th12th76.5
    PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ECCO  BIOM G3 - Yak Leather Upper

    PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ECCO BIOM G3 - Yak Leather Upper

    The BIOM G3 is major step forward for Ecco in unifying the comfort it's known for with a high-performance midsole and upper. The company is taking a unique approach to materials by constructing the upper on its BIOM G3 from Yak leather. Enhanced with a GORE-TEX membrane, the unusually soft and supple textured Yak leather easily conforms to the contours of your foot, making for one of the softest feeling shoes in our test. A re-engineered outsole helps push the BIOM G3's performance into the upper echelon.

    FAQ

    Q: How much should I spend on a shoe? 

    A: We’ve found that it’s possible to find a well-designed, fully featured golf shoes for around $90. That said, the majority of top performers, including our choice for Best Overall, are closer to $200. As with anything else, your rate of play should factor in the decision. Golfers who play just a few times a year may be able to find a suitable offering for less. Just don’t skimp on comfort to save a buck.

    Q: What is the main feature I should look out for when buying a spiked shoe?

    A: Comfort is by far the most important factor, followed by traction. While stability is an important consideration, the level of stability needed varies between golfers. Only after you have those three considerations covered should style factor in the decision.

    Q: Is BOA/DISC technology better than laces?

    A: Some golfers prefer modern closure systems to traditional laces, but it’s certainly not a universal preference. Users of BOA and DISC report a tendency for their shoes to loosen throughout a round, and while that’s not a big deal to re-tighten, it can become an annoyance. Also consider that if a shoelace breaks, it’s easily replaceable, whereas warranty replacements for other closure systems can take some time.

     

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        Joey S

        5 years ago

        For anyone looking to buy new shoes, the Adidas Tour 360 XT (and possibly others) are 30% off as part of the Amazon Primeday deals. Probably the best discount you will see anywhere for quite a while, especially on the top-rated shoes in MGS Buyer’s Guide.

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        BJMDO

        5 years ago

        Can anyone compare the heels of the XT to the 2.0? I really like the 2.0, but my heels cannot tolerate them. I walk 99% of rounds, and my heels are painful and raw by the 11th hole in these.

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        Jeff

        5 years ago

        If you haven’t worn Skechers you have no idea how good they are. To those who think they’re too cool to wear them, we’re laughing at you, not with you.

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        darren

        5 years ago

        Bought a pair of these skechers about a year ago. They’ve split along one of the seams which I found very disappointing. The shop I’d bought them from had gone bust, when I went back to the manufacturer they didn’t want to know in spite of the two year waterproof guarantee.

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        Chris

        5 years ago

        I don’t have wide feet per say, but I found the HOVR Drives to be too narrow in then midfoot. The outside ball of my foot seemed to bulge out and even hang over the edge of the sole a bit. I also tried a wide, but just fit too loose. Just wearing at home, the heel felt a bit to elevated also.

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        Brandon

        5 years ago

        Matt Kuchar is the only person I have ever seen wearing Sketchers. Nobody who isn’t getting paid wants to send the message to the world that they have flat out given up on life.

        Reply

        Scott

        5 years ago

        LOLOLOLOL Tremendous

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        Mike

        5 years ago

        I do agree that Sketchers could use a style revision. However, they are very comfortable. This from someone who has had my share of back surgeries, and these are the only golf shoes that I have been able to where comfortably.

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        Boyo

        5 years ago

        I just bought a pair of Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0. Great right out of the box. I liked them so much I bought another pair in Black/White. I’ve always been a Footjoy man but these are something else….

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        Hamish

        5 years ago

        I recently puchased a pair of Adidas golf shoes, believing that their claimed wide fit would be the same as Footjoy. Nowhere near. Too tight in length and even tighter in the instep area (across the laces). Sent them back and replaced them with a pair 1/2 size larger. Better fit in length but almost as uncomfortable over the instep area (across the laces).
        Returned them. Enough was enough. Whatever last type they used wasn’t to my fit. Footjoy’s wide fit allows me to wear a size 9 (43 Euro) so going to a 9 1/2 was not sensible as previous experience had taught me that a larger, incorrect size would allow my heel to move and consequently rapidly wear out the padding and inner fabric around the heel making the shoe too loose. I have had my feet measured and find that a size 9 H is a correct fit for me. It appears that Adidas shoes do not cater for my fit.
        Pity. The do have some appealing styles.
        I now only trust Footjoy to “clothe” my feet because their sizing/width fit doesn’t require me to seek an incorrect size just so I can get them on.

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        Darwin

        5 years ago

        The article is great! My issue is FootJoy and the Nike Super Store are the only two that I can purchase shoes from. This is due to the size and half difference in my feet. I do purchase street shoes from Nordstrom as they a have a policy that supports the difference in sizes allowing my to buy one pair although mis matched. Nordstrom is limited on Golf shoes. FootJoy is the place for me as for as golf shoes go.

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        Don

        5 years ago

        I always buy FJ because they have narrow shoes. Did you test any shoes who’s
        mediums are a little tight? Thanks Don

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        Richard Branson

        5 years ago

        Very interesting results, as I consistently have great experiences with Foot Joy shoes and conversely, bad experiences with Adidas. Will give them a try again.

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        Spitfisher

        5 years ago

        With 25 years in the athletic footwear industry, by some of the largest brands in the world. I read your article with great interest.

        Great shoes the adidas Tour 360, the most wonderful thing about this pick is out of the box comfort and support on day one as well as day 200. There is no other shoe like this. Oh sure there are some honorable models out there like Ecco Biom and FJ sl pro, but neither of these model feel the same after 30 days of use. The upper have far too much elasticity ( becomeing too loose) and the Midsoles EVA or EPS becomes lazy and compressed and eventually compromising the fit. Boost on the other hand keeps its shape and energy.
        Of course some of the comments will be infavor of Nike, all I can say is they’re way over priced, poorly made with the cheapest materials, construction and manufacturing technique. The last (shape of the foot they use) is generic and the same one they use on toddler shoes. Its a lifestyle brand. The pros are paid to wear custom made versions to look like the commercial models, you and I are not.

        Honorable mention in the footwear catalog would be New Balance Minimus for one of the lightest weight models, if you are on hilly terrain or feel winded a lot while walking. At sub 10 OZ very light weight.

        Sketchers unlike Nike they have a fairly simple design, quality is very good, Manufacturing also, the key to sketchers is they use a really nice fitting last and as a result fit very nicely.

        Golf shoes should fit like a glove not a mitten.

        Besides incorrect size another misconception the consumer has with how shoes should fit is with with arch support. Arch support should never be felt under your foot, it can be seen but never felt. If you can feel it, its pushing up on your arch. Pushing your foot to the outside ( supinate), no arch support allows the foot to retate to the inside ( pronation)

        Try a few on and let you foot do the talking in deciding which is for you, comfort 1st , fit 2nd . Ignore what is written on the box, or what size your street shoes are ( which are likely incorrect) and by all means not by marketing mumbo jumbo of who is wearing them.

        Two thumbs up on the article, nice job

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        TC

        5 years ago

        Thanks for the great education based on your industry experience. I’ve been a FJ and Skecher wearer as I need an XW fit, but am hoping that those Adidas shoes will fit me.

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        Evan

        5 years ago

        How do you truly go about finding your size and fit?with your experience I figured I’d ask as I struggle with so many sizing issues between brands and function of a shoe, or that’s how it feels. I especially silly struggle with arch to length fit & blisters on the outside of my right big toe.

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        Putting_Lance_Armstrong

        5 years ago

        I have an older pair of Tour360s that are still waterproof 5 years later. The day the new Boost XT came out, I bought a pair and walked 18 right out of the box. Extremely comfortable shoes. If you wear adidas boost running shoes, you will love the XTs. They are very stable and very comfortable. Not surprised they are #1.

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        Brian

        5 years ago

        Any chance you could add in if the shoe offers a BOA/Disc option in the chart?

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        Spitfisher

        5 years ago

        I can tell you the difference between the adidas tour360 and the lace version fit is slightly different. Often companies that use boa have to reengineer their shoes and last to accomodate the boa design. FJ are behind the heel, Adidas is over the tongue or from the side. Best to try them on

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        Brian

        5 years ago

        I switched to BOA 2 seasons ago, love they way they fit and now I won’t really look at shoes that don’t have that option. Have several pairs of FJ and Adidas with it. Seems like an easy ask to even just put a star next to the ones that offer BOA/Disc as an option

        Alex

        5 years ago

        Just ordered some spikeless adidas golf shoes, and I can vouch for for the excellent arch support. I recently found out I have extremely high arches, and have never put any thought into arch support. But afterI put these on I immediately thought, I will be looking at adidas for shoes much more often now!

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        Emery

        5 years ago

        Once I found Adidas 360 Boost a couple of years ago, have no use for any others. As a former Ironman Triathlete and having ran so many marathons, I learned long ago that a firm shoe that conforms & supports your foot is best,,,,NOT SOFT! That is a big misconception in the shoe industry. Why do some seek orthotics….not because they make shoes softer. Adidas seems to be making some of the best athletic shoes and apparel right now, I am sold.

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        Rick

        5 years ago

        I am guessing that FootJoy did not submit any shoes to be tested. Would that be correct?

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        jpkaiser

        5 years ago

        One shoe model, per the chart.

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        Doug

        5 years ago

        I feel that fit is number one here.

        I loved Adidas for a handful of years, but at some point either my feet changed, or their molds changed.

        I really love how Boost feels under my feet, so I’m disappointed that I had to stray from Adidas.

        What fit this year for me was Puma Ignite Pwradapt (not leather) and, surprisingly, Callaway Balboa.

        The Cally’s do not have nearly the amount of cush underneath as the Boost I had to leave behind, but they just fit so well and are so comfortable, walking and taking shots feels just fine. And they’re extremely light!

        The Pumas are more of a supporting fit. I’m really squeezing my foot in, but they’re wrapped around the foot like a sock. I have a hunch they may have been going for a sockless fit with these? But it feels really good. The tongue (or lack thereof) is really nice too, no worries about a tongue moving around.

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        Rich

        5 years ago

        So Adidas with the same design and appearance and etc. was selected #1 and 3 ?! I had a pair and they were like a brick on each foot and the size runs small the weight would drain you by the time the round was over. I couldn’t wait to get these ugly bricks off my feet! But I guess if your in for that punishment each to his own. The good thing about them is that their appearance hasn’t changed in years so if you have a pair from years back ,you are still in style..

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        TxGolfJunkie

        5 years ago

        Harry-
        What was the main reason why the Nike fell so far down the list this year? I know they produce about a dozen different styles but I’ve always been a fan of the Lunar Command 2 and now the React Vapor 2.

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        Harry Nodwell

        5 years ago

        They aren’t very comfortable when walking. Not a bad looking for the majority of golfers but performance wise, it is hard to justify looks for performance.

        Reply

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