The Old School
The black-and-white saddle look of FootJoy’s gel Fusion II reminds us of our days as high school cheerleaders, but check under the hood. a technology called “Dryx IntelliTemp” sheds warm air to keep your feet cool and dry. The GelCollar limits shock to your ankles, and a Wishbone Suspension allows your heel and forefoot to move independently for greater traction while swinging.
$200; 800-224-8501 or footjoy.com
The Billy “White Shoes” Johnson
This sleek all-white edition of the Etonic Difference 3Z features full-grain leather with Gore-Tex waterproofing. A “Bi-Fit” insole is softer in the toes for a comfy walk but firmer in the heel to absorb pounding. Dozens of pyramid-shaped nubs improve grip and balance. And the sea-blue thermoplastic Stabilizer outsole flexes with you as you move.
$179; 866-838-6642 or etonic.com
The Euro Cat
ECCO’s Casual Cool GTX isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a closet Anglophile, Francophile or Nailophile, you’ll appreciate both the styling and the technology behind the look. These weatherproof duds–inspired by European soccer shoes–feature a proprietary Gore-Tex membrane that keeps wind and water at bay but allows smaller sweat molecules to escape and flee to America!
$190; 800-886-3226 or eccousa.com
he Bargain Hunter
real leather is more comfortable, more durable and more expensive than both fake leather and cardboard boxes, and that’s what makes Nike’s SP-4 Saddle such a steal. It’s all-leather and fully waterproof. Legendary Air technology in the heel puts a spring in your step, and the soft Phylon midsole cushions each of the 7,000 steps you take on a typical 18-holer.
$80; 888-799-6453 or nikegolf.com
The George Jetson
Adidas’ space-age Tour 360 has more bells and whistles than Bell & Whistles nc. has in its warehouse. The 3D Fit Foam sock liner molds itself to your foot. There’s a hard-plastic toe drag–like baseball pitcher’s cleat–that won’t scuff when you turn through the ball. In addition, three red rings wrapped around the middle of the shoe keep your foot centered no matter how wild your swing.
$180; 800-888-2582 or adidasgolf.com