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Review: Kikkor Selects Golf Shoes



Pros: Lightweight, stylish and durable, the Kikkor Selects are an excellent casual golf shoe for the money at $120 MSRP. Color schemes range from straightforward white or black to some more adventurous blue, black-and yellow and red patterns.

Cons: If you’re not into “street” style golf shoes, nothing about Kikkor’s offerings will sway you. Also, the shoe is well constructed, but the leather doesn’t feel as supple as others in the market.

Bottom Line: The secondary market of golf shoes is rapidly growing, but Kikkor’s Selects easily provides one of the best values. Even when taking price out of the equation, they are worth consideration for your wardrobe.


Playing golf professionally can seem like an all-or-nothing, feast-or-famine sort of life at times. For every famous, fully-exempt and entrenched PGA Tour player, there are a few hundred who toil in the relative obscurity of the mini-tours, scrapping together a living for a time before bowing out and pursuing other work.

Canadian James Lepp won the 2005 NCAA Championship while at the University of Washington and seemed destined to become part of the former group. But aside from a Canadian Tour victory in 2007, he never found enough success between the ropes to reach the game’s biggest stage with any regularity, save for an impressive run on “Big Break: Greenbrier” a couple years ago.


The Kikkor Selects series reflect founder James Lepp’s relaxed sense of style.

But whereas many struggling professional golfers turn away from the game — to insurance sales or a job with one of their corporate sponsors — Lepp stayed in the golf industry, founding Kikkor Golf in 2008. Lepp’s decision to make golf shoes was a great one for the feet of style-conscious golfers.

“I always wondered why my golf shoes had to be so different than what I wore off the course,” said Lepp. “I always knew there was a market for it. We came out with our first model early in 2010, a few months before Fred Couples wore his infamous ‘sneakers’ while playing the Masters. That let everybody know that such a shoe exists. Now everybody seems to have a pair, whether they’re made by us, ECCO, FootJoy, Nike, Adidas, and on and on.”

The Selects are the newest of seven lines of shoes offered by Kikkor, which range from the fairly traditional Player line to the throwback Airstrip line, which more resemble Chuck Taylors than anything else. The Selects are more toward the Player end of the spectrum, but with the wider and more flat-bottomed look that has come to mark most entrants into the casual-looking golf shoe field.

Click here to browse Kikkor Select’s men’s golf shoes.


I chose the “Black Indy” model, with a black full-grain leather upper, white outer sole and electric baby blue bottom and permanent spikes. Although flashier color schemes are available, a slightly conservative approach suited my liking. The Kikkor Selects line provides enough selection to appease attention-getters who want to make a statement with their footwear, but also those like me who prefer a more understated look.

Golfers with classic tastes aren’t left out of the Kikkor club either. “Saddle” type shoes are offered in the yellow-black-gray color scheme, which provide a little extra flair in color scheme to the old-school style.



Feel and Performance

The interior features of the shoe, from the tongue to the two sets of insoles—meant to optimize fit since the Selects only come in whole sizes—are soft and comfortable without feeling mushy. They are also wider than most, appealing to players that complain about the typically narrow fit of golf shoes. The delightful lightness of the shoes also helps cut down on foot fatigue throughout a round of golf or long practice session.


The biggest concern when wearing sneaker-like golf shoes is protection and performance in inclement or overly dry weather, but Kikkor puts those concerns at ease with great support and traction. The level of comfort allows them to be worn off the golf course as well. Hygiene issues aside, you could walk 18 holes wearing the Kikkor Selects, then catch dinner afterwards without feeling the need to change into more comfortable shoes.

Note: It is important to avoid walking on too much rough pavement, as it will wear down the mini-spikes and shorten the life of any “spikeless” golf shoe.


Dollar-for-dollar, the Kikkor Selects are excellent all-around casual golf shoes. Many golfers have paid $200 or more for shoes that deliver no better performance than the Selects. James Lepp and Kikkor have made a strong case for you not to have to with a comfortable yet street-smart golf shoe, for $120 or less.

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Tim grew up outside of Hartford, Conn., playing most of his formative golf at Hop Meadow Country Club in the town of Simsbury. He played golf for four years at Washington & Lee University (Division-III) and now lives in Pawleys Island, S.C., and works in nearby Myrtle Beach in advertising. He's not too bad on Bermuda greens, for a Yankee. A lifelong golf addict, he cares about all facets of the game of golf, from equipment to course architecture to PGA Tour news to his own streaky short game.



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  2. Carlos Danger

    Jul 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I wear a 45 in Ecco’s…anyone have these and Eccos to compare what sizes you have?

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  4. Adam

    Jul 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I own 7 pairs of Kikkor shoes about 9 shrits some shorts and more, i LOVE everything they make

  5. Jaxson

    Jul 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Some spikeless shoes just don’t provide sufficient traction. I haven’t tried these but they look pretty full of the mill on the botton.

    The new Adidas gripmore system is really good as is the Nike Lunar Cypress. Hard to tell they’re spikeless. This is where the real innovation is taking place.

    • DolphLundgrenade

      Jul 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      The hard spikes on these are angled and super grippy- even in full wet weather. They are uber light and 100% waterproof (a great choice for Florida summers). I like mine a lot and wouldn’t hesitate to buy a second pair. I bet you’ll be a fan if you buy a pair of these.

  6. jeff

    Jul 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    i thought the sketchers were ugly, but these are even worse

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Top-3 men’s golf polos at the 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Vegas



GolfWRX’s fashion expert Jordan Madley picks her top-3 favorite men’s polo shirts from the recent 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Las Vegas. Enjoy the video below!

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went



Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Review: The QOD Electric Caddy



If you want an electric golf caddy that doesn’t require that you wear a sensor or carry a remote — one that will be reliable and allow you to focus on your game, and not your cart — then the Australian-manufactured QOD is worth checking out.

The QOD (an acronym for Quality of Design and a nod to its four wheels) is powered by a 14.4-volt lithium battery, good for 36 holes or more on a single charge. It has nine different speeds (with the fastest settings moving closer to jogging velocity) so the QOD can handle your ideal pace, whether that be a casual stroll or a more rapid clip around the course.

The QOD is also built to last. Its injection-molded, aircraft-grade aluminum frame has no welded joints. Steel bolts and locking teeth take care of the hinging points. The battery and frame are both guaranteed for three full years. If you need a new battery after the three-year window, the folks at QOD will replace it at cost.

Its front-wheel suspension gives the QOD a smooth ride down the fairway, and the trolley is easy to navigate with a gentle nudge here and there. The QOD is always in free-wheel mode, so it is smooth and easy to maneuver manually in tight spaces and around the green.

The caddy also features three timed interval modes for situations where you might wish to send it up ahead on its own: when helping a friend find a lost ball or when you will be exiting on the far side of the green after putting, for example. The clip below includes a look at the caddy in timed mode.

When folded, the QOD measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall.

Another area where the QOD excels is in its small size and portability. When folded, it measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall, making it the smallest electric caddy on the market.

Folks Down Under have been enjoying the QOD for some time, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when Malachi McGlone was looking for a way to continue walking the course without putting undue strain on an injured wrist that the QOD found U.S. fairways. After first becoming a satisfied customer, McGlone convinced CEO Collin Hiss, who developed the product and oversees its production in Australia, to allow him to distribute and service the QOD here in the states.

The QOD has no self-balancing gyroscope, bluetooth sensor or remote control. Bells and whistles just aren’t its thing — though it does have a USB port for cell phone charging that can come in handy. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss workhorse to move your bag down the fairway, the QOD should be on your radar.

The 2018 model has begun shipping and will be on sale at $1,299 for a limited time. It normally retails at $1,499.

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