When it comes to shoes I’m fickle. I have wide feet with high arches, and unlike most people I don’t pronate (I under-pronate or supinate). So buying golf shoes can be a bit of a challenge at best.
I don’t have the Adidas shoes currently (if they made golf shoes in a EEE Width (they don’t) I’d probably buy from them since the one pair I bought was great save for the fact it wasn’t wide enough). If your feet are normal width they have some fantastic looking product.
For me, I’ve had my best luck with Footjoy. Not because they give me anything or because they’re nice people (they may well be) but because their product fits my foot and is comfortable. I got 4 very productive years out of their old XPS-1 shoes (ask your parents, kids) before they started coming apart. I tried a pair of New Balance shoes (lightweight, but not a lot of ventilation (my feet would be incredibly sweaty after a round)) and didn’t care for them at all, so this past March I went back to Footjoy.
After emailing their customer service team, they recommended the Hyperflex II as the closest thing to my beloved XPS-1’s. Placed an order, and within a few days they showed up at my house.
I’ve held off doing a review because initial reviews are rarely that good; most newer golf shoes are well made so they should easily hold up out of the box. But what about after 30 rounds over the majority of a season? Would they still feel good in October the same way they do in late March? Read on.
Comfort: Outstanding. When I first put them on they felt better than any golf shoes I’d ever worn before. Slipped right on without any issues. The last time I wore them a week ago, they still feel great. Haven’t had any blisters or sore feet after rounds (used to have issues with my New Balance shoes). The white cushioning is firm (good for bigger lads like myself) without being overly plush. Even after 30 rounds they still feel good. The cushioning hasn’t broken down and other than the spikes starting to wear down (expected) they feel as good as they did out of the box.
Waterproofing: Above average. Morning rounds in dewy/wet conditions haven’t been an issue nor have a couple rounds in light/moderate rain.
Grip: Outstanding. I’ve never slipped, and even going down steep hills I’ve never had an issue with the shoes. They have replaceable soft-spike cleats which for the most part don’t leave a big impression on the greens.
Stability: Above average. The soles flare out a bit (it’s one of the things I loved about my XPS-1 shoes) but not that much. I’d like it if they flared out more (I have a tendency to roll my ankle a bit in my downswing) but that’s my only quibble and it’s a minor one.
Look: Average. They’re golf shoes. They’re not a traditional wing-tip or a saddle shoe, but those seem to be going the way of the persimmon driver. They’re not hideously ugly, they don’t look like Sketchers, and I like the yellow sole.
Overall: Outstanding. I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive when I ordered these but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. It has some elements of a traditional golf shoe but with lightweight stability a
nd comfort that should be expected. If you’re in the market for new kicks, you could do a hell of a lot worse.
Song of the Day:
Waking up to hearing about the events that happened in Las Vegas overnight was horrifying.
I have many happy memories of my visits to Las Vegas (I could probably write a novella about them); love, lust, great golf, bad decisions, and a host of other things. This song always takes me back to a 1992 trip (back when I was living in Southern California). Driving through the desert at sunset on a hot July evening and hearing this song on the radio. A simpler time, when everything seemed possible. The last 25 years have been a lot of things, but more than once I think about that car ride through the desert, hearing this song, and wondering but what if.
The Cocteau Twins were never a major commercial hit. This is probably their most well-known song. Always brings a smile to my face. Hope it does the same to you.