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 »  Home  »  Equipment  »  New Golf Shoes for 2008
New Golf Shoes for 2008
By Terrence Jordan | Published  11/23/2007 | Equipment | Unrated
New Golf Shoes for 2008
Golfers are a strange bunch. They spend hours searching for the right clubs, the ideal ball, and the mythical “perfect swing.” Not that this is a waste of time, but when you think about it, what’s the only thing between the golfer and the golf course? As Spike Lee once said, “It’s gotta be the shoes.” We’re bringing you the newest golf shoes on the market, and you may be shocked at what they offer. While your old shoes probably have worn spikes, numerous scuffs and dings, and less stability than a Hollywood marriage, these shoes feature weather-resistant leather, support in all the right places, and enough stability to actually shave strokes from your game. You won’t need to spend hours searching for them, either. Just read on and thank us later!

Etonic G-Sok R-Series GT
 www.etonic.com/golf | $125
Comfort and practicality come together in the Etonic G-Sok R-Series GT.  This full-grain leather shoe has soft leather linings, a Resilient Cushioning System that returns energy to the foot, and a TPU stability shank for increased arch support.  The Multi-Zone Traction System features extended flex zones, longer stability bars tri-directional pyramid turf grips for the best traction in a non-cleated shoe.  The R-Series GT also creates a waterproof barrier for your foot with the use of Gortex.

Nike Air Zoom Elite
www.nikegolf.com | $165
The Nike Air Zoom Elite is a premium full-grain leather golf shoe.  Lightweight cushioning and comfort is achieved through a visible Air-Sole unit, while Scorpion Stinger spikes and a rubber Traction at Contact system provide excellent grip throughout the swing on any surface.  The shoe’s Nike Power Channel improves balance and a aids in a smooth weight transfer.  The Q-Lok spike system makes changing spikes easy as can be.

Adidas Tour 360 Ltd.
www.adidasgolf.com | $250
The Adidas Tour 360 Ltd. is a great blend of form and function.  The company’s patented 360-degree wrap provides support for the entire foot, while ThiNTech technology brings golfers closer to the ground for increased stability. Fit isn’t a problem, as the 3D FitFoam adapts to your foot for unmatched comfort.  These hand-finished leather shoes also feature a 10-cleat Traxion system for traction even in wet conditions.  Each pair of shoes comes with a two-year waterproof guarantee.

Adidas Powerband Sport
www.adidasgolf.com | $140
The Adidas Powerband Sport is the rare shoe that can actually add yards to your game.  An increase in power can be attributed to the shoe’s PowerBand Chassis, which greatly enhances stability and perimeter support, creating a strong foundation for the swing.  The shoe also makes use of ClimaProof technology to guard against moisture.  Like the Tour 360 II, the Powerband Sport comes with a two-year waterproof guarantee.  The Powerband’s GripZone locks the foot in place, adding to the already excellent stability and comfort.  The shoe is available in men’s and women’s versions.

Puma Leere
golf.puma.com | $170
The Puma Leere is a full-grain, water-resistant leather shoe that comes with a two-year guarantee and seven replaceable Champ Scorpion Stinger Spikes.  The classic look of the Leere does nothing to offset the technological advantages that the shoe provides, such as enhanced stability and increased traction.  This newest shoe in the Puma performance golf line is easy on the feet and the eyes.

ECCO C-Force Hydromax
www.eccogolf.com | $220
The C-Force Hydromax from Ecco seeks to allow golfers to generate maximum power on their swings through extra stability.  A Carbon Face Plate brings golfers closer to the ground, resulting in better feel.  The Integrated Heel Support System reinforces the foot, and, combined with a triple density carbon outsole, actually adds more force to every swing.  The Q-Lock cleat system makes it easy to change spikes, and the shoe’s stylish look will make you the talk of the round.

FootJoy Dryjoys
www.footjoy.com | $160
Footjoy’s new DryJoys are positioned to be one of the most versatile golf shoes ever made.  “Flextability” is achieved through the placement of seven strategically placed stability pods; use of Optiflex technology, which allows maximum ground contact from any lie; and a TPU support, a midfoot stabilizer that can steady any swing.  An ECL leather system provides the ultimate in comfort, waterproofing, and breathability.  Softspikes Pulsar cleats provide exceptional traction anywhere on the course.

HI-TEC Enviro
www.hi-tec.com | $130
The Enviro golf shoe is an environmentally sensible golf shoe, with 99% of the materials used in the Hi-Tec Enviro are environmentally friendly featuring the softest of full grain leather uppers and the same comfort, style and performance as all Hi-Tec shoes offer. The Hi-Tec Enviro is created using organic vegetable-tanned chrome-free leathers, outsoles made of rice husks and latex rubber and a recycled sockliner. The 1% not green is the spike receptacle.

Did You Know

Changing grips can help improve your game, but did you know that changing your spikes can have a greater impact?
Every phase of the golfer’s swing is improved with better traction. Better traction allows a golfer to apply more torque or energy to the swing. Improving traction is as critical in the tee box as it is in the fairway or anywhere else on the course box too. Side-hill lies, wet or varying terrain can all affect a golfers balance and stability.

You can replace your worn out spikes with the stylish spikes that many top Tour professionals choose. Before you purchase your replacement package make sure of the fastening system you will need. Q-Lok and Tri-Lok are the most common fastening systems on newer shoes. Small thread systems are on some European and leather soled shoe. Large thread fastening systems are on some older shoe models.

Champ Spikes makes spikes to fit all shoes, visit www.champspikes.com/images/07spikeguide.pdf for more information.