The march of the high-tech golf footwear continues. Puma has announced a new category of athletic shoes called evoSPEED, inspired by Usain Bolt, the appropriately named Jamaican sprinter. Rickie Fowler will wear a golf version of the shoes at the U.S. Open and in future tournaments.
Puma is calling the evoSPEED a “cross category” collection because the footwear was developed for running, soccer, cricket, motorsport, and handball (in addition to golf). No doubt the summer Olympics have something to do with the timing.
The golf shoe has been dubbed FAAS Trac evoSPEED (to use Puma’s peculiar spelling) and provides “maximum flexibility” with 360-degree movement, according to Puma. This suggests Puma has designed a “natural motion” shoe that gives your foot a chance to move a bit. The shoes are waterproof, with taped seams and breathable uppers, and use a combination of small directional spikes the company calls "quills" and molded traction nubs to provide grip on the course.
Right now, all the shoes in the evoSPEED range come in white with blue Puma stripe. The Puma evoSPEED golf shoes will be available in stores starting June 1 for $130. Don't worry, Fowler fans. We suspect they will eventually come in orange.
Walking a Whole Lot of Holes
The manufacturer of TRUE Linkswear, one of the first natural-motion golf shoe makers, is launching three limited editions of its shoes to benefit the Hundred Hole Hike and the Evans Scholar Foundation.
The Hundred Hole Hike charity supports the efforts of golf “marathoners,’’ who commit to play and walk at least 100 holes in one day to benefit various philanthropic causes. TRUE HHH Limited-Edition Stealth shoes ($199) and PHX shoes ($99) are available exclusively at www.truelinkswear.com/shop. Half of each sale will be donated to charity.
As the owner of a pair of TRUE linkswear Stealth golf shoes, I personally attest to their quality, comfort, and overall coolness. They probably could stand up to 100 holes. But as a former caddie, I draw the line at 36.