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June 25, 2014

New Nike Lunar Waverly, Lunar Mont Royal Golf Shoes

Posted at 11:03 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Nike Golf has added two new models to their Versatility footwear family, the Lunar Waverly ($140) and the Lunar Mont Royal ($100), both of which are designed to be equally comfortable on and off the course.  

“The Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal were really inspired by classic Nike footwear styles, and we adapted those designs for athletes who want a golf shoe with versatile appeal,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “These are shoes with incredible performance technology that are great for playing 18 holes or wearing before or after the round, too. You can hit balls at the driving range on your lunch break without ever changing your shoes. These styles are modeled after some of Nike’s first shoes but modernized to perform specifically for our sport.”

The Lunar Waverly (pictured) was created through a concerted effort between Nike Golf and Nike Sports Research Lab and features waffle traction lugs that are reminiscent of Nike's earliest shoes. Other features include Dynamic Flywire technology that provides outstanding lateral support, premium waterproof full-grain leather uppers, anti-microbial cork sock liners, and full-length Lunarlon foam cushioning. 

The Lunar Mont Royal is a bit of an homage to the Nike Montreal, which was introduced in 1975 as Steve Prefontaine's signature shoe. Featuring the same famous color pattern and running-style design as Prefontaine's model, the Mont Royal is built with Lunarlon foam in the heel for extreme cushioning and a traditional Nike waffle sole for excellent grip in a variety of turf conditions. 

Both models are available July 1st.

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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May 27, 2014

Puma Faas Lite Mesh 2.0 Golf Shoes

Posted at 11:42 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Puma's newest golf shoe, the Faas Lite Mesh 2.0 ($90), is designed to provide a combination of extreme lightweight performance with spikeless comfort. Weighing in at only 6.8 ounces, the shoe features a thin layer of mesh in the upper section for enhanced breathability in even the hottest conditions. Extra cushioning and comfort are provided by a newly designed sockliner and a proprietary blend of foam and rubber that allows the shoe to mold to the contours of the foot. Stability comes from a stichless midfoot support and durable carbon rubber traction elements in the outsole.  

“The Faas Lite 2.0 combines technology with comfort and style, creating a shoe that you will want to wear whether you’re walking 36, grabbing dinner with your friends after a round, or even heading to the gym,” said Grant Knudson, head of footwear for PUMA Golf. “The 2.0 version includes new, strategically placed support pieces that provide increased stability and added support during your swing.”

The new Puma Faas Lite Mesh 2.0 golf shoes are available in three color options: turbulence/white/grenadine, white/black/silver, and grenadine/white/turbulence. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Puma)

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April 25, 2014

New Balance 574 Golf Shoes

Posted at 10:37 AM by Michael Chwasky

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One of the most classic running shoes of all time is now available for golf. The New Balance 574 ($109.95) golf shoe is built on the same last as the running sneaker for a similar fit and feel and features waterproof leather uppers and a lightweight midsole for added cushioning. A CHAMP ONE-Lok cleat system and ZARMA cleats provide traction and stability.

“The classic 574 is one of the top selling shoes in our lifestyle running line,” said Bruce Schilling, General Manager of Golf and Tennis, New Balance. “The golf shoe has tremendous appeal to the younger golfer who is already wearing our classic suede 574. This golfer can expect the same style, comfort and fit attributes plus performance technologies designed to enhance their game. The feedback from our retailers on this shoe has been outstanding.”

Available in White/Red and Grey in men's sizes 8-15 with multiple widths also available. 

(Photo: Courtesy of New Balance)

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April 07, 2014

True Linkswear Masters Wingtip Golf Shoes

Posted at 11:42 AM by Michael Chwasky

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In celebration of the first major championship of the year, True linkswear has introduced a limited edition shoe called the True gent wingtip ($149). Featuring a combination of traditional style with True's unique Flex-Feel outsole, heavily cushioned heel and wide toe box that allows the foot to function naturally through the swing, the True gent is geared specifically for the Masters. 

“There are several iconic stops on the PGA TOUR each year, and with spring upon us and a revamped line of shoes at our disposal, this was a great opportunity to do something really fun and really creative,” said Jeremy Moore, president of the company. “Given the tradition and history of the season’s first major, we knew the TRUE gent was the perfect shoe from our collection to really celebrate it.”

Other features of the True gent wingtip include premium leather construction, 360-degree waterproof performance, and a faux heel that looks more like a traditional shoe but still provides True's "zero drop," advantage of having the foot close to the ground. 

Available at truelinkswear.com

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(Photo: Courtesy of True Linkswear)

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April 01, 2014

ECCO's Fred Couples Signature Masters Shoe

Posted at 4:16 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Starting today ECCO has made available 275 pairs of its limited edition Fred Couples Signature BIOM Hybrid golf shoe ($275). Scheduled to be worn by Freddy at the 2014 Masters, the shoe features a white and green color combination and a laser engraving of his autograph (as well as a limited edition serial number). 

“This project is a testament to our remarkable relationship with Fred and his dynamic, longstanding connection with golf fans around the world,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “Fred’s power to capture the popular imagination ignited the hybrid footwear revolution, so it’s fitting that we commemorate his latest trip to Augusta National with a very special shoe.”

The Couples Signature model has all the same features as the original BIOM Hybrid shoe including ECCO's Dynamic Traction System (100 molded traction bars and 800 taction angles in the sole) and Natural Motion technology, which provides supports along the entire foot and absorbs impact throughout the walking motion. Other features include a low-profile design, Direct Injection for added cushioning, HYDROMAX weather protection and a triple-component climate control system for interior comfort. 

ECCO's Fred Couples Signature Model will be available at golfsmith.com, pgatoursuperstore.com, carlsgolfland.com and eccousa.com.

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March 03, 2014

First Look: Adidas pure 360 footwear

Posted at 2:17 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Adidas Golf has released the latest iteration of "adipure" shoes with the new pure 360 footwear collection ($250). Aimed at providing players with the ultimate in stability and comfort the pure 360 shoes feature a number of technologies including an innovative poured polyurethane sole for extreme cushioning. Increased stability is provided by the combination of an external heel cage and a new last that's wider in the forefoot than past models. Adidas' proprietary puremotion technology, which includes their thinnest and softest leather to date, allows for natural movement during the swing (and while walking) while a new cleat pattern with the addition of a midfoot cleat provides enhanced grip. 

The pure 360 is avaialble in the following color combos: black/running white/samba blue, running white/silver metallic/slime, tan brown/white/dark solar blue and running white, running white/metallic silver. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Adidas)

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January 15, 2014

First Look: FootJoy's New D.N.A. Golf Shoes

Posted at 5:06 PM by Jessica Marksbury

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Lauded by players like Webb Simpson and Adam Scott and brimming with technology, FootJoy's new D.N.A. footwear category capitalizes on the best features of the company's popular DryJoys models (D.N.A. actually stands for "DryJoys Next Advancement").

The D.N.A's design philosophy was born from a desire to create the most feature-laden shoe in the company's history. To do that, FootJoy's designers and developers looked to their existing premium products and scrutinized each individual material and component, taking the best from each in order to deliver a shoe that provides the ultimate fit, feel and performance.

Key comfort features include a "3D Foam Collar," which locks the ankle in place to eliminate foot movement, which can help prevent power loss during the swing; and a breathable "SnugFit" foot-conforming tongue. Stability is ensured via the company's rigid yet flexible "NitroThin" outsole, while the shoe's upper is composed of "ChromoSkin," a waterproof, lightweight and breathable full grain leather system that conforms to the foot for a custom fit.

Now available on footjoy.com, the D.N.A. comes in seven color options and retails for $220 ($240 for the BOA Lacing System model).

(Photo: Courtesy of FootJoy)

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January 14, 2014

First Look: New Balance Golf Shoes

Posted at 4:26 PM by Michael Chwasky

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The good news for all those who constitute the cult of New Balance, or anyone with gigantic feet, is the much beloved New England company is launching a brand new line of golf shoes. Through a licensee (Klonelab, LLC.), New Balance Golf will offer six waterproof styles for both men and women in spiked and spikeless models. 

The spikeless models are built on New Balance's Minimus running last, which provides enhanced freedom of toe movement and greater overall comfort. Cleated models are built with a lightweight outsole that provides added stability during the swing. All New Balance Golf shoes will be available in a variety of widths including D, 2E, and 4E for men, and B and D for women. Prices for the New Balance Golf line range from $119.95 to $159.95. 

(Photo: Courtesy of New Balance)

December 13, 2013

First Look: FootJoy DryJoys Casual golf shoes

Posted at 1:29 PM by Golf.com

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You may have spotted Hunter Mahan sporting an early prototype of the DryJoys Casual back at the Open Championship in July. This new family of spikeless shoes features a lightweight polymer outsole material dubbed "Fine-Tuned Foam." The two-layer outsole consists of a soft outer layer for cushioning and a firmer inner layer for stability and support around the foot. In addition, strips of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) embedded into the outsole help to boost traction and lateral stability during the swing.

FootJoy joined forces with Pittards of England to co-develop an ultra soft leather with a proprietary membrane-free waterproofing system. FootJoy officials claim it's 30 percent softer than the company's previous performance leathers. The DryJoys Casual runs $180. Starting December 15, the shoe will be available in White or Black (the Dark Brown version comes online in February).

(Photo: Courtesy of FootJoy)

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December 12, 2013

ECCO releases new Street EVO One golf shoe

Posted at 12:39 PM by Kevin Cunningham

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ECCO, one of the leaders in the spikeless shoe revolution, debuts the Street EVO One. A direct-injected midsole with integrated shank helps to cup and cushion your heel for added comfort and torsional support during the swing. In addition, a wider platform (than previous Golf Street models) gives your feet ample space while the TPU outsole has 100 traction bars to prevent slippage.

"The way Street EVO One looks, feels and plays puts it in a class by itself," says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. "It's yet another example of the advantages that come with our foot-first approach to designing and producing premium golf shoes."

You can get the Street EVO One in cow or camel leather versions, both treated to prevent wear and protect your feet in all weather conditions.

The new model will be worn on Tour by players like Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn, and is available now at ecco.com. Price: $160.

(Photo: Courtesy of ecco.com)

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September 07, 2012

For True Linkswear, team pride is par for the course

Posted at 3:08 PM by Jessica Marksbury

Sports fans, rejoice! With the NFL season now officially underway, Scottsdale-based footwear maker True Linkswear has unveiled a series of limited-edition color options for its popular “phx” golf shoes. With 12 new combinations to choose from, ardent fans can now show their team pride both on and off the course.

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Worn on the PGA Tour by endorsee Ryan Moore, the phx made its debut earlier this year in five traditional colorways (white/navy, black/grey, brown/tan, grey/charcoal/electric blue and black/electric blue), and is True Linkswear’s first shoe with a sneaker profile.

Featuring all the bells and whistles of True Linkswear’s other shoes—a “Barefoot Platform,” memory foam heel, wide toe box and “ErgoTraction 2.0” outsole—the phx is also lightweight, breathable and water-resistant.

The best part? The $99 spikeless hybrid transitions easily from the course to a tailgate party. You can find your team colors at truelinkswear.com.

Shoe images courtesy of True Linkswear. Pictured colorways include, from left to right: white/yellow/ bugundy, white/red/white, white/burnt orange and white/red/black).


 

August 02, 2011

Tiger Woods will wear Nike prototype Free golf shoe in Bridgestone return

Posted at 10:48 AM by David Dusek

Tiger Woods played his last competitive round of golf on May 12, but leg pain forced him to walk off TPC Sawgrass after just nine holes.

Woods returns to action this week, and he will walk onto the course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, wearing a prototype golf shoe inspired by Nike Free running shoes.

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Nike's Free running shoes, which are extremely flexible and light, are designed to replicate running in bare feet but provide some protection and traction. According to a release from Nike, Tobie Hatfield, whose group developed the first Nike Free shoes in 2004, worked with Woods to create the shoe.

“I love the feel of Nike Free for training, so I asked Tobie if it was possible to bring that technology to the golf course," Woods said. "It’s exciting to see a conversation like that come to life, and I look forward to wearing them this week."

The prototype shoe is designed to let Tiger's forefoot move more freely, which Nike says should allow him to transfer more power from his swing into the ball. Small heel counters provide some extra lateral support for the follow through.

The upper is made from polyurethane coated with a stretch fabric that is used in some of Nike's basketball shoes. A portion of the shoe's heel comes from recycled Nike Air Max units that have been melted into thread and then woven into a textile material. The shoe's outsole is taken from Nike's Special Field Boot that was designed for first-responders at emergency sites.

There is no word from Nike on when, or if, Tiger's prototype shoe will be made available to the public.

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April 01, 2011

Course of Style: Shoes Pay Homage to Augusta

Posted at 10:28 AM by David Dusek

MyJoys-Masters-Shoe To commemorate this year's Masters, golf's leading shoemaker FootJoy is offering 150 pairs of limited edition MyJoys, beginning Monday. These special FJ Icons feature an exclusive dark green crocodile print produced for FootJoy tour players to wear in the Masters Tournament.

The leather can be ordered on all FJ Icons and FJ Professional (spikeless) styles, including the traditional saddle, the sport thin saddle, the asymmetrical, and the shield tip. Cost is regular price for FJ Icons ($275) and the limited edition shoes will be sold on a first come, first served basis starting April 4th at 8am (ET) on MyJoys.com. Consumers can order through the website or any shop that carries FootJoy products.

Also check out the FootJoy sweepstakes in which one pair of FJ Icons per tournament day (four pairs total) will be given away on FootJoy.com. The sweepstakes also commences Monday. Winners will be drawn on April 11th.
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Nike's special edition Lunar Control shoe

Nike Golf has worked up a special edition of its new Lunar Control golf shoes—comfortable, stable, and very light weight—with green soles to celebrate the Masters. Nike pro likely to wear the shoes include Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim, Francesco Molinari, Carl Pettersson, and Jhonattan Vegas.

Beginning on Thursday morning, April 7, a limited number of these special Masters Nike Lunar Control shoes will be available at regular price ($150) at nikestore.com. — Woody Hochswender

January 28, 2011

Ecco golf shoe? It's a natural

Posted at 7:47 PM by Gary Van Sickle

Ecco ORLANDO, Fla.--It's not about the yak leather, although yak leather is pretty sweet. It's extremely durable--three times stronger than cow leather, I'm told--and very soft. Also, I just like saying the word "yak."

Ecco's new Biom golf shoes are made from yak leather, but the real story behind them is the science it's based on. Biom is short for biomechanical. The big trend in athletic shoes is a race back toward biomechanics. It turns out all the padding and cushion companies have been putting into shoes, especially running shoes, have been counterproductive. The more padding in a running shoe, an Ecco rep told me, the worse it is for your feet and the more injuries you have.

So the trend is to recreate the national motion of the foot. Running shoes are now designed to feel like you're running barefoot on a beach. Ecco is heavily into that in its other shoes--running shoes, cross trainers, walking shoes and street shoes--and has brought that sensibility to golf shoes with Biom. Along with the yaks.

There are a few other tweaks that make the Biom stand out. The cleats are exceptionally stable because they're bridged--attached to each other. There are three cleats on the heel (which is wider than normal, by the way, for even better balance), and the shoe sits closer to the ground, another trend that most golf shoemakers are following to improve stability.

That's the science. The reality is good news for the rest of us. I got a pair of Bioms in December and wore them for several rounds in Arizona in early January. Ecco folks will tell you the biomechanical, natural design of the shoes means the first few times you wear the shoes, especially if you walk 18 holes, your calves may feel a little tighter than usual because our feet have gotten used to being over-padded. I played in a cart and didn't notice any problem. The Bioms needed no breaking in, however. They were so soft, there was no threat of blisters.

What this means is that Ecco now offers two of my most favorite shoes. Their Street model, the spikeless shoes that Fred Couples notably plays golf in, are remarkably comfortable and get my highest recommendation. There's a new Street model made from camel leather, which is also soft but which develops a trendy distressed look, almost like a bomber jacket.

The Bioms are also very comfortable. The fact that they're good for my feet is a huge plus, and means I'll be checking out Ecco's line of Biom athletic shoes, too. The suggested price of the Ecco Biom golf shoes is $225 (eccousa.com.)

The Bioms are getting a limited distribution and will be introduced in limited color combos. Mine are white with lime green trim around the soles, and I added the optional lime green shoelaces instead of the white ones so I could catch additional grief from my friends and trust me, I did. They also come in brown with orange trim and black with silver trim, so far.

(Photo: David Walberg/SI)

June 30, 2010

Adidas 'Wear in the World' Job Interview Begins in Germany

Posted at 3:19 PM by David Dusek

By Woody Hochswender

The latest adventure by Adidas Golf takes two candidates on the road to nine nations as part of  "The Ultimate Job Interview" pitting two carefully selected (and very lucky) candidates, Chris Dukeminier and Steve Olsen, against each other at various great golf venues in places like Norway, Scotland, Dubai, Thailand, Japan, and Canada. At the conclusion of this edition of Adidas' Wear in the World series, one of these guys, who are already Tweeting and Facebooking like mad, will be hired as a "media catalyst" for the company.

This week Dukeminier and Olsen are at the Adidas corporate headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, where Dukeminier has apparently injured himself (playing rugby), according to his Facebook page. They also played in a pro-am tournament and showcased some of the Adidas high-performance golfwear, including Climacool Mesh Plaid Polo shirts and ClimaCool shorts (caddies these days always seem to wear shorts). In case of windy weather they toted along an Adidas' Climalite Warm 3-Stripes Jacket, with a half zip front, and a Performance zippered sweater. For rainwear, they carried Climaproof Wind Soft Shell Jackets.

Next stop is a golf date in Norway. The whirlwind tour ends at Bandon Dune Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.

Read more at golf.com/wearintheworld, a collection of Golf.com blog posts following Adidas Golf's "Wear in the World" adventure.




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