Did TRUE Linkswear Make the Perfect Walking Shoe?
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Did TRUE Linkswear Make the Perfect Walking Shoe?

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Did TRUE Linkswear Make the Perfect Walking Shoe?

There is a lot of cool gear in the golf equipment world that doesn’t always fit neatly into Most Wanted Tests or Buyer’s Guides. You still want to know how it performs. In our We Tried It series, we put gear to the test and let you know if it works as advertised. 

What We Tried:

The TRUE Linkswear Lux Hybrid. A luxury spikeless offering from TRUE Linkswear. Leather saddle and knit upper. 

Who Tried It:

Connor. Director of Soft Goods Testing and resident sneakerhead. I’m running out of space for golf shoes. With a baby on the way, my wife has asked that I “cool it” a little bit. Sorry, dear, I’ve never tried a pair of True Linkswear shoes so I had to take one for the team and move some of your clothes to make room for the Lux Hybrid. 

The Tech Specs

Before I try a new shoe (especially from a company that I’ve never worn anything from), I like to take a deep dive into the tech specs. On paper, the TRUE Linkswear Lux Hybrid sounds pretty good. 

The leather saddle and knit upper scream comfort. Throw in a waterproof warranty and a TPU heel cup and we’re potentially looking at a really good spikeless golf shoe.

Tech specs are just that. A golf shoe is the sum of its parts and if they don’t all work in harmony, then it’s all for nothing. 

Let’s find out if the TRUE Linkswear Lux Hybrid is a paper tiger or a top performer. (Spoiler: They’re leaning towards the latter.)

Comfort and Construction

I’m a sucker for leather. The fastest way into my heart is to use real, raw materials. The leather saddle on the Lux Hybrid is straight money. Not only is it soft and supple but it does add some lateral stability. 

My concern with the leather is that it can stretch so you may lose some of that “caging” effect. 

Onto the rest of the upper. TRUE Linkswear is known for their knits. The Lux Hybrid features a waterproof knit upper that feels really good. Knits are, by design, not as stable. But, True added a TPU mudguard/rand to keep your feet from sliding over the footbed. 

Let’s talk about the mudguard. If there’s one thing I noticed right away is that the mudguard makes the toe area feel very stiff and small. Really small. Next time, I would go with at least a half size up. 

Moving on to the midsole, TRUE relies on its Wanderlux foam for step-in comfort. It feels pretty good. It’s probably on the firmer end of the spectrum for my taste but that lends itself to a little more stability. 

It’s firm yet responsive. Someone who wants a little more energy return and that spring-like bounce will enjoy the Wanderlux ride. 

Subtle Stability

A good golf shoe must be stable. The Lux Hybrid is … well, for the lack of a better term, kind of stable. The foam midsole is firm enough and the TPU heel cup with the leather saddle makes it more stable than other minimalist-style golf shoes. 

It will not, however, provide the same level of stability as a FJ Premiere. That’s to be expected. With a shoe like this, it’s all about managing expectations. TRUE Linkswear isn’t trying to make a shoe that rivals the stability of FJ. 

Traction

If there was a letdown in performance for the Lux Hybrid, it was the traction. The spikeless traction was just OK. In dry conditions, really good. When wet, I had traction loss. 

Again, managing expectations is key. I don’t expect the Lux Hybrid to rival the top spiked offerings. But I’ve worn spikeless shoes that offer better wet ground traction. 

I would have liked to see some more lugs here. 

The Perfect Walking Shoe?

Not quite. But there has not been, and never will be, a perfect walking shoe. The TRUE Linkswear Lux Hybrid is a very good walking golf shoe. 

Is it comfortable? Yes. Are the materials top-notch? Yes. Could the traction be better? Definitely. Do I wish the toe was less stiff and tight? Sure. The Lux Hybrid is worth a look if you’re on the hunt for a walking golf shoe. 

The pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion. If I had Mt. Rushmore of the most comfortable golf shoes I’ve worn, it would probably land around the five-spot (or just outside, looking in). 

If you walk more than you ride and are a fan of premium materials, the Lux Hybrid might be the right shoe for you. 

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      Scott S

      7 days ago

      I had a $100 gift card from a tournament for True a
      So I tried a pair of their knit shoe. I am NOT a spikeless player for several reasons, including many rounds in wet conditions. The shoes I have are SUPER comfortable and they grip the fairways on HI courses on dry days like velcro on velour or fly paper on stray hair, pick your analogy. However, the second lug on the inside of my back foot shoe (right foot) pulls loose after hitting balls. I sent True a picture and they replaced them quickly no questions asked. I still wear both pair as casual shoes and I wore a pair the other day for a round at Kapalua,but in general they are casual shoes and I would buy another pair for that purpose, at the right price.

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      Gary McKenzie

      2 weeks ago

      I had a pair of True Linkswear shoes a few years ago, that had a 2 year waterproof warranty.
      Very comfortable to walk in.
      In less than 2 years, the shoes leaked and resulted in wet feet. The company would not replace the faulty shoes, even though the warranty implied a replacement of faulty shoes. They did give me a cooler bag , but I still had to buy new shoes, and not True Linkswear brand. Caveat Emptor.

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      Andrew

      2 weeks ago

      I bought a pair of these about a year ago. At first the toe felt stiff and tight to me as well but after walking a few rounds in them it loosened up and was no longer an issue.

      I love these shoes so much that I bought 2 more pairs during their Black Friday sale. I wanted to be sure to have replacements in hand when I wear out my first pair.

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      Dr Tee Lassar

      2 weeks ago

      It’s about time you reviewed and gave credit to TRUE for their shoes, in particular, their best ever, the Lux Hybrid which has been omitted from your yearly shoe ratings for unclear reasons. It is the best spikeless shoe I have ever worn since Ecco introduced the spikeless concept way way way back when! I now have 3 pair in different colorways including the special green and white Azalea Masters edition and walk an extremely hilly course (La Paloma, Tucson) several times weekly. I was a previous fan of FJ Hyperflex soft spiked BOA’s until I developed plantar fasciitis last year walking our steep hills and barrancas. After a month of rest, a switch to the LuxHybrids totally prevented a return of this problem. I attribute much of this to the comfy Wanderlux sole and roomy toe box allowing the foot to flex naturally. I have had mine for about a year and noted no softening stretching or breakdown of the leather nor any lack of support. IMO, the top feature is the unique elastic heel strap which locks the foot in place, amplifying the shoe’s support. I am not a personal fan of TRUE’s lines of zero drop shoes, so I find it a plus that the Lux Hybrids have a traditional 6 mm drop. They are bedroom slipper comfortable right out of the box. Your photo of the sole does not due service to the asymmetric robust pattern of nobs and ridges which provide plenty of traction. We get Monsoon rains in Arizona, and I have not noted any significant slippage in wet conditions and…they are guaranteed waterproof yet the mesh is breathable in hot weather, of which we get plenty.
      In summary, these are the most comfortable and best looking shoes TRUE has ever made and additionally, they look WAY COOL !

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      PHDrunkards

      2 weeks ago

      Well if you’re only swinging at only 75mph and play cart ball, there wouldn’t be much slippage I’m sure

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      Buckeye Doug

      1 week ago

      PH you’re 200% correct. They feel great in the pro shop. Worthless on course after any rain. Playing barefoot would give you more grip. I am suprised this company is still in business

      Midwest Golfer

      2 weeks ago

      I feel in these reviews that price needs to be mentioned as that is as much a relevant piece of information as specs, construction, comfort, etc. Nothing gets purchased without price consideration for most people and that is part of the value equation.

      At $205/pair, that instantly makes this shoe a “no go” in my book. Last season’s FootJoys or New Balances for $90ish will work just fine.

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      Dr Tee

      2 weeks ago

      Shop the internet ! I bought my Masters Azaleas for $130.00 last year–Father’s Day special on Rock Bottom Golf. You’re probably buying $55 ProV’s which you are dumping in the water and losing in the woods. You’ll have these shoes for years. Get real!

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      Dr Tee

      2 weeks ago

      Addendum–you buy budget shoes… you’ll get budget quality and performance.

      Reply

      Midwest Golfer

      2 weeks ago

      New Balance and Foot Joy’s being “budget shoes”….oh-kay…….

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