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New Golf Shoes for 2012
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 10/5/2011

2011 Shoes: A New Era in Golf Shoes


You can have the best golf clubs and golf balls on the market but if your feet are slipping and sliding you aren’t going to get much out of your swing. Thus, the importance of a well-made, good-fitting pair of golf shoes with which to secure your stance to terra firma in all types of weather and turf conditions.
  The golf shoe can be traced back to the 1800’s when players wore rudimentary foot apparel that had small nails or sprigs attached to their undersides. During the late 18th century the removable, or replaceable, metal spike was introduced, mostly delighting golfers but raising the ire of greens keepers everywhere.
  During the early 20th century, what is now FootJoy began making and selling golf shoes that were both highly functional and stylish. They quickly became the talk of the links, especially among the fashion-conscious patrons of the country’s private country clubs.
  One of the biggest leaps in technology came about in the 1970’s when rubber soles were inserted into shoes to provide golfers much greater degrees of comfort and flexibility. The shoe maker Etonic was instrumental in bringing waterproof treatment of leather to the forefront, which kept the feet of the wearers of golf shoes drier in rainy conditions.
  Thanks in large part to the desire of golf course caretakers and players who wanted more pristine putting surfaces, the metal spike finally gave way to the plastic, or soft, spike that is so common on today’s golf shoes.
  Golf shoes are models of form and function, offering super traction in all conditions. They also come in a wide array of styles and colors, ranging from the traditional “saddle” shoe to those resembling running sneakers.
Let’s take a look at these high tech wonders that keep our puppies firmly planted on the ground and happy at the same time.

Shoes $35


Ashworth Cardiff • $170
UNIQUE FEATURES: The Cardiff (available in navy, white and black) is a golf shoe with the crossover appeal of a town shoe. Playability, wearability and a sure-footed spikeless sole unite with tumbled leathers and rich suede accents to take the Cardiff from the course to the clubhouse and beyond. The molded rubber sole is discreet and pliable for a comfortable, low-profile feeling without the sensation of traditional golf spikes.



Adidas Tour 360 ATV • $190
UNIQUE FEATURES:  The TOUR360 ATV (All-Terrain Versatility) is designed to give golfers the ability to attack every shot, no matter how challenging the position, by utilizing innovative forefoot flexibility and zonal traction elements to deliver maximum grip, comfort and stability throughout the swing. The shoe’s platform utilizes THINTECH low-profile technology to bring the foot closer to the ground for improved stability, power transfer and balance



Etonic Difference • $145

   The Difference is lined with Outlast, a NASA-engineered material that reduces heat and moisture inside the shoe by more than 40 percent, keeping the foot cool and dry even in the hottest weather conditions. The upper is made of Micro Tech, a high-performance microfiber that reduces weight by 20 percent, while providing a soft and supportive fit that does not lose its shape. The outsole features Etonic’s best-in-class PowerUp Technology Outsole System, which provides superior traction, flexibility and stability.



Etonic GSok II • $90

UNIQUE FEATURES:  The premium waterproof leather uppers of the GSOK feature a “hydroguard” waterproof membrane and soft textile linings for lightweight comfort. A removable polysport anti-microbial footbed is in the shoe for cool, resilient cushioning, and a suede-tech microfiber sock liner for cool dry comfort. The G-Sok non-cleated outsole features PowerUp technology with inside-out spike placement, Stabilizer Heel Technology, PowerPlay flex zones and a powerpod for stability.



FootJoy FJ Sport • $135
UNIQUE FEATURES: Full grain leather uppers in the FJ Sport shoe offer outstanding comfort, breathability, and durability. An athletic mesh liner provides additional breathability, EVA midsoles offer lightweight cushioning underfoot, a PU-coated leather toe guard is designed to prevent abrasion caused by toe-drag on the back foot during the follow through, and a full TPU outsole creates a lightweight, durable and stable hitting platform.



FootJoy Dryjoys Tour • $150
UNIQUE FEATURES:  Full grain leather uppers in the DryJoy Tour shoe offers outstanding waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability. An ECL Leather System by Pittards is 30 percent softer than previous generation FootJoy performance leather linings to provide superior comfort and in-shoe breathability. Comfort Plus PU (polyurethane) Fit-Beds provide cushioned underfoot comfort, and EVA midsoles offer lightweight cushioning for the life of the shoe.


Nike Zoom Trophy • $136
UNIQUE FEATURES: The Zoom Trophy golf shoe features full-grain leather uppers with Nike Zoom units in the heels for additional comfort. Full-length contoured Poron sockliners and Phylon midsoles provide additional comfort. The shoe also features lightweight cushioning and a supportive fit for superior traction, lateral support system for enhanced stability, and the Nike Power Platform for power and control through maximum ground contact.



Puma  Cell Fusion • $180
The Cell Fusion features a two-year waterproof leather upper and an outsole complete with Forefoot and Heel iCell technology (the structural array of hexagonal cells enhances cushioning and stability). A TPU outsole has directional, intentionally-molded Smart Quills, as well as new replaceable Smart Quill spikes  to guarantee traction throughout the swing. Additional TPU teeth are located in specific areas of the heel and forefoot for added grip.



Puma  Jigg • $34

UNIQUE FEATURES:  The Jigg shoe offers a one-two punch of waterproof and synthetic leather, making for a durable, smooth upper, reinforced by a high abrasion resistant toe guard. The Jigg also has an external ArchTec TPU shank for stability and control. Multi-directional “Quills” are positioned to provide traction throughout the swing, while creating a lighter-weight and more comfortable spike system.