Two of golf’s major footwear companies - Adidas and FootJoy - recently released updated versions of their most popular shoes.
Choosing the right golf shoe can be a process, but that’s not a bad thing when you consider how important fit, comfort and durability are while playing. In fact many people consider footwear to be more like golf equipment than golf fashion.
We like both sides of the coin, so we’ve broken down the nitty, gritty and sometimes pretty features of the newest golf shoes.
Adidas has incorporated a new forging process as part of the design in its Adipower family of footwear that provides extra stability throughout the swing. The new additions are Adipower 4ORGED - a spiked version for men and women, and a spikeless model for men, the 4ORGED S.
Adidas explained the forging process in a recent press release as a new technique that provides more stability without adding additional material to the shoe. Forging targets the areas where golfers need more stability and then heat-presses the material into that portion of the shoe.
The heat press hardens the material in these specific areas giving the shoes extra lateral support and creating a new design aesthetic. Look at the texture on the band that wraps diagonally across the foot on the spiked version, as well as the outer side heel molding that mimics the Adidas three stripe logo. The result is functional and sporty.
“Anytime we can keep a shoe lighter without sacrificing the technology golfers need to play their best is a huge win,” said Mansun Denison, global footwear director for Adidas Golf in the company’s press release. “The forging process is so efficient. It’s just another piece that makes this such a high performing shoe, which is what golfers expect from us.”
FootJoy has introduced a new version of its popular Pro/SL men’s golf shoe. The advanced midsole and outsole design provides more comfort and performance utilizing Fine-Tuned Foam (FTF) that is 10 percent lighter. Each layer is engineered to improve the benefits of these features:
Comfort - the top FTF layer cradles the foot in a soft foam insert for underfoot cushioning;
Stability - The lower/outer layer is a firmer blend of FTF that provide stability and motion control; and
Traction - Individual points of ground contact, a whopping 223 of them, provide all-weather traction.
“Our pro players can choose from any shoe in our line, so the fact that so many continue to choose Pro/SL, on Tours all over the world and in all possible conditions, really validates the product’s performance and our extensive design and development process,” said Richard Fryer, director of product management, FJ footwear, in a press release.
There are three styles available now - white/navy/red laced, white/silver laces and black/silver BOA - and an additional three planned for January 2019.
Janice Ferguson has covered golf apparel and accessories for more than a decade including writing the weekly editorial section for The Apparel Wire, and currently contributing feature articles to GolfThreads, AGM, and What To Wear Next. Find her ‘fashion fluent/golf-inspired’ posts on Twitter @TheStyleLinks and Instagram @janiceferguson_thestylelinks