Hybrids for the Feet: A Casual Revolution in Golf Shoes
November 04, 2011
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The trend toward comfortable, spikeless golf shoes with styling based on board-sport sneakers is sweeping the golf industry—and has reached the highest competitive levels, with golfers like Fred Couples, Vijay Singh and Justin Rose adopting them for big-time tournament play.
The Adidas AdiPURE STREET shoes were worn by Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship in very wet conditions. They come in multiple colors and will be available Nov. 1 for $90.
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The folks at Ashworth Golf have introduced a whole range of casual footwear named for Southern California beach towns that can be worn on or off the course. Their playing shoes, the Cardiff ($120), have studded soles and full leather uppers.
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A luxury version of the ECCO Street Premiere, the ECCO Street ($160) is made from camel leather and has the stability and young looks of the other model.
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FootJoy’s entry into the hybrid shoe arena includes the FJ Street Spikeless ($90), which resembles a low-cut canvas sneaker but has full-grain leather uppers and a one-year waterproof warranty. It features a cushioned footbed and turf-gripping traction sole.
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Hybrid shoes tend to embody a light, youthful spirit, like these Tenny golf shoes from Kikkor Golf ($115). They feature water-resistant suede uppers and a close-to-the-ground embedded spike system. Wear with golf trousers or plaid board shorts.
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Nike makes various spikeless shoes for pro-shop and range use, but a prototype based on the Nike Free running shoe—with a biomechanical design to approximate the experience of playing in bare feet—has been worn by Tiger Woods. The shoes are not yet available to the public, but rumor has it they could arrive in the spring.
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ECCO Street PremiereThe shoe that started it all, the ECCO Street Premiere ($140), worn by Fred Couples and now Vijay Singh on Tour. It has full leather uppers, traction studded soles, and rivet detailing.
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Callaway's version of the hybrid shoe is called the Del Mar, after the seacoast town north of San Diego. The fully waterproof leather shoes ($129.99) with molded inserts and comfort-gel tongues will be available beginning Dec. 1.
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Combining the spikeless idea with the barefoot or natural-motion concept, the TRUE linkswear golf shoe features thin soles, traction treads, and 360-degree waterproofing, as in the Stealth model shown here ($199). TRUE linkswear shoes, worn by Ryan Moore on the Tour, they have their own unique look.
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