Happy feet: New golf shoes offer out-of-the-box comfort

adidas Puremotion

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Adidas Puremotion, $120; adidasgolf.com
The Puremotion utilizes a "barefoot" shoe last that positions the feet closer to the ground. A wide, web-shaped forefoot provides space for the toes to spread out, for added stability during the swing. The waterproof mesh upper enables feet to breathe, while a minimal rise in the heel helps to align your spine.

FootJoy Contour Casual

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FootJoy Contour Casual, $115; footjoy.com
This lightweight shoe comes in 47 length and width combinations. It's composed of soft, premium leather (one-year waterproof warranty) for wear on and off the course. The "DuraMax" outsole (a proprietary rubber compound) provides traction and stability.

Nike Swingtip

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Nike Swingtip, $110; nikegolf.com
The Swingtip combines skate shoe styling with functional on-course performance. A rubber rim around the bottom of the shoe conceals traction lugs. The "Lunarlon" sock liner offers comfort and support.

Ashworth Cardiff Mesh

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Ashworth Cardiff Mesh, $120; ashworthgolf.com
It has a breathable, woven-mesh upper (two-year waterproof warranty), a dual-density foam footbed, a rubber spikeless outsole and "casual cool" styling.

True Linkswear Tour

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True Linkswear Tour, $150; truelinkswear.com
A wide toe box and minimalist approach to arch support enhance stability. Features "memory foam" in the heel and an "ErgoTraction 2.0" outside.

Callaway Xtreme

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Callaway Xtreme, $125; callawaygolf.com
Comes with a waterproof leather upper, a "Comfort Tech Gel Tongue," an OrthoLite molded insole and "PINS" spikes to decrease pressure on the feet.

Puma Neo Classic ProType

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Puma Neo Classic ProType, $230; cobrapumagolf.com
The "ArchTec" medial support allows torsional freedom. The outsole has flex grooves (for added mobility), "S2Quill" spikes and molded studs.

Ecco Street Luxe

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Ecco Street Luxe, $180; eccousa.com
A moisture-wicking, breathable upper blends smooth leather with a reptile-like leather print. The outsole (direct-injected to midsole) has traction bars.