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Review: Devereux Golf Shirts

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Pros: Stylish shirts that easily make the transition from the office to the course. They’re 65 percent Pima cotton, which makes them plenty soft, but also 35 percent polyester, which keeps them looking good.

Cons: At between $80 and $90 a shirt, they’re not inexpensive. Some golfers will love their hip vibe; others won’t. They’re also not the best at wicking moisture.

The Bottom Line: Even if they’re not on the course, golfers won’t feel out of place in a Devereux golf shirt. They’ll fit most golfers, look very sharp, wash well and are available in enough styles and colors to please even the pickiest fashionistas.

What’s Devereux?

The Devereux brand was created out of desperation. Brothers Robert and William Brunner were avid golfers looking for shirts they could confidently wear both on and off the course. When they came back empty handed, they decided to start their own brand.

Robert Brunner, the company’s creative director, said that he and his brother did their homework before they started their company in 2013. That meant looking through the styles of some of the best-dressed golfers of all time — Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer are their favorites — as well as modern-day golf fashion heroes such as Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Ryo Ishikawa.

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Devereux’s “William” shirt ($85) in white/claret. The company’s fall line also includes pants. 

It also meant finding the right materials and manufacturing. Each of Devereux’s shirts are made from 65 percent Pima cotton and 35 percent polyester, and the company knits all its shirts itself. That gives the company control over the tiny details that Brunner said sets his shirts apart from other brands.

Looking for more information on the company’s products and pricing? You can check out its fall collection here. Otherwise, read on.

The Review

For this review, I was sent five shirts from Devereux’s Spring and Fall collections, which I’ve spent the summer wearing to the office, to the course… well, just about everywhere.

I was quite worried about the fit of the shirts before I received them. Devereux seemed like a fashion-first brand, and phrases such as “fashionable hip” that I found on the company’s website are often synonymous with “for skinny guys only.” I was relieved to find, however, that Brunner’s promise that the shirts were “a tad bit bigger in the shoulders, a little longer from top to bottom and not too form fitting” was on point.

I usually take an XL in my golf shirts, and each of the Devereux shirts fit well in that size. What I liked most about the shirts I was sent — the Windsor (white/sea green/steel), the Brunner (sea green), the Welch (white/steel/coral), the Matthew (navy/white/coral) and the Oliver (navy/white) — was that they were different looking enough to be worn on back-to-back days, yet they each maintained the high-end look, feel and drape that I anticipate will become synonymous with the Devereux brand.

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Devereux’s “Joseph” shirt ($85) in white/navy/claret. 

Golfers, by nature, are into the details of things, and each Deverux shirt offers something special in the way of its design. My favorite shirt, the Welch, has a subtle steel-colored stripe that’s accented with a coral-colored pocket. That pocket is cut at an angle that gives the shirt a special character, as well. It also has a button collar, which gives it a trim, sophisticated feel.

Brunner told me that a lot of stitching goes into the pockets and other parts of the shirt, and I have to believe him. After several washes, the pockets and collars have held their shape, which is a testament to the company’s materials and manufacturing techniques.

Devereux’s fall collection, which was recently released, moves from the brighter colors of the spring collection to more subdued fall tones such as navy, evergreen, caviar and claret, to name a few. Golfers should expect the same fit, feel and durability with looks that keeps better with the coming fall season.

But how are they on the course?

Performance-minded golfers shouldn’t fret the way Devereux shirts will play on the course, although on extremely hot days they might want to opt for a shirt that has a moisture-wicking system in place. These shirts will shine in perfect golf weather — 65-to-80 degrees — giving golfers all of the range of motion they need and a plush feel that I swear makes my swing feel more connected. Maybe that’s just me, though.

I’m 6-feet tall, and had no problems with the Devereux shirts untucking, even while machine-gunning balls on the range. That’s what I love about good cotton/polyester blends; unless it’s really, really hot outside, they do an excellent job of staying in place on the course and looking neat off it.

The Takeaway

Not every golfer is interested in spending $80-to-$90 on a shirt that’s not endorsed by a top-10 professional, but if that’s what you’re after Devereux’s probably not for you.

Golf fashion has moved very far away from the clothes that were worn by golf greats such as Snead, Hogan and Palmer, and for good reason. Those clothes were heavy, uncomfortable and a nightmare to keep wrinkle-free, which is why they’ve been replaced with today’s athlete-inspired apparel.

Devereux did an excellent job of creating shirts that emit much of the class of golf’s past with materials that help its clothes perform significantly better.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Billy

    Feb 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Great write up! Here is another great review with some goof pictures.

    http://www.golfreviewguy.com/devereux-golf-shirt-review.html

  2. TXGLF

    Aug 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I own 4 of these shirts and they are awesome. I wear them to the office and then straight to the course. I have yet to find another shirt that combines feel, style, and performance as well as Devereux does. It is well worth the price tag.

  3. J

    Aug 11, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Overpriced hipster nonsense.

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On the course? Off the course? Adidas’ new adicross line has you covered

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Furthering golfwear’s trend toward the more casual and versatile in a big way, Adidas today unveiled a new line extension: Adicross.

Urban inspired. Decidedly non-traditional. The Adicross line (styled “adicross”) leverages Adidas’ clothing and footwear styles from other arenas and reimagines them for wear on the fairway. Available December 1, the line brings Anorak jackets, henleys, hoodies, joggers, and even an Oxford to the golf course.

And before you clutch your saddle shoes in terror, remember, this is a line extension targeting a particular segment of the golfing population, not a total change of course for the entire Adidas Golf brand. If you’re wondering who represents the segment in question, think Erik Anders Lang: filmmaker, irrepressible golf enthusiast, and host of Skratch TV’s Adventures in Golf.

Lang hosted a launch event in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District warehouse space where he sat down with Adidas execs and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for a chat about the new line. He praised the performance aspects of the five-pocket pant and the footwear styles, in particular.

As for golf’s top-ranked player, regarding the Adicross line, DJ told us the line is much more in keeping with stuff he’d actually wear than the baggy shirts and khakis that were the uniform of golf when he started out on tour.

“This is a line that I’ll wear all the time,” Johnson said. “I can wear it to the course and then go meet some buddies for lunch, and I’m not a walking poster for golf.”

From the Stretch-Woven Oxford, to the jogger pant, to the Adicross Bounce footwear, every item Dustin Johnson wears in picture below is intended for both on- and off-course wear.

“Adicross is the lifestyle brand that golfers everywhere have been waiting for,” said the world No. 1. “This is something that I’ll wear when I’m traveling to a tournament, practicing at home, or even headed to the gym.”

The aforementioned versatility of the Adicross line is very much a function of the materials: No-show sweat wicking technology, nylon-spandex blends (featured in the five-pocket pant and short), Primeknit (featured in Icon Polo and Jacket). These are clothes that are ready to wear to the office, but stretch, are light enough, and offer enough comfort to play 18 holes in.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves to design a line that would aid in helping athletes in their game, their life and in their world,” said Chad Alasantro, senior designer, men’s apparel at adidas Golf. “adicross is a perfect blend of hidden technology, fused with a creative aesthetic.”

 

The Adicross line also boldly brings street-inspired footwear to the golf course, retooling Adidas’ ultrapopular Bounce design to support the foot and grip the turf during the golf swing (and resist water during dew-sweeping early morning rounds)

“Adicross was designed as a result of the feedback we were hearing from our core consumer,” said Dylan Moore, Creative Director, Adidas Golf. “Like everyone else, golfers live in a complex, busy world with many diverse interests. They expect more from less and demand performance out of what they wear.”

The centerpiece Bounce features an ergonomic fit, offset wrapped saddle with multiple eyelet rows for customizable lacing, and a non-marking adiwear rubber spikeless outsole that features 181 strategically-placed lugs for a green-friendly grip.

The Bounce will be released in January, and additional styles will follow in February.

Regarding said “additional styles,” you can spot a few in this promo video. 

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Review: Nike Flyknit Elite golf shoes

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OK. Let’s discuss the elephant in the Flyknit Elite golf shoe room straight away: A percentage of golfers will never wear a high-top golf shoe, regardless of how well it performs. Likewise, a percentage of golfers will not wear sneaker-style golf shoes.

If you don’t find yourself in one of the groups above, however, beyond aesthetics, the Flyknit Elite presents a viable option if you’re already a Flyknit wearer in other shoes, or are looking for lightweight spikeless shoe with ankle support (and more ankle support than the Flyknit Chukka offers).

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Appearing on the global sports scene during the Sochi Olympics, Flyknit footwear featuring Flyknit technology has been a fixture in other sports for the past few years. The Swoosh brought the TPU yarn technology and high-strength support fibers to golf footwear with the Flyknit Chukka and Flyknit Elite to market in June.

The tech is aimed at offering lightweight support, and the precision weave allows targeted areas to stretch and others to support. The company indicated the concept was born out of “runners a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock.” Breathability is the hallmark of the knit upper, and the sock-like, mid-height collar prevents debris from entering the shoe.

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While the shoes aren’t waterproof, they do have what Nike calls “dew protection” along the upper’s edge to keep feet dry in wet grass. Obviously, another element of the Flyknit imperative is to use fewer materials is less overall waste, for which our landfills thank us.

The sole, of which a picture is worth more than a thousand words, features what Nike calls an Integrated Traction pattern, which offers a grip at least commensurate with any spikeless offering.

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For this review, I was sent the Flyknit Elites in the Black/Clear Jade/Glacier Blue/White colorway. Two other colorways, pictured below, are also available. The shoes come in sizes 7-12, with half sizes in-between, as well as sizes 13 and 14, and sell for $270.

Here’s the essential question for potential purchasers of the Flyknit Elite: There are bulkier shoes on the marketplace with more stability. There are spike-laden shoes on the marketplace that offer more traction. However, to get a lighter shoe with the Flyknit’s performance and aesthetic characteristics, is that trade off worth it?

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Below is a quote from Nike Staffer Jamie Lovemark about the shoes. And yes, he’s paid by Nike, but he could also be wearing the more traditional Lunar Control line of shoes as he plays for his daily bread.

“I always have guys come up to me and ask about (the shoes),” Lovemark said. “They always want to know if they have spikes on them and if the traction is good, which has never been an issue for me with these shoes. Plus, I like the fact that they have a different look. There’s nothing wrong with standing out when you’re on the course.”

No doubt you’ll stand out. And in giving these shoes a spin, there is likewise no doubt that they are lighter and more fitted to the foot than any offering I’ve come across personally. There’s also more of a feeling of rootedness or connectedness with the ground than many spikeless models offer.

Ultimately, the Flyknit Elite is an athletic shoe you can comfortably and capably play golf in, while, you know, having a commendable shoe game, if that’s your thing.

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Review: Biion Golf Shoes

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Pros: Comfortable, lightweight and distinctive. Biion shoes are a unique option for those looking for a splash of color in their wardrobe. Considering all of their five shoe styles, there are a total of 50 different colorways available — a dream come true for golf fashion lovers.

Cons: Despite their unique design and wide variety of colorways, some feel that the looks of the Biion shoes are a bit too aggressive for their tastes. For a smaller group, the barefoot sensation was unfavorable.

Who They’re For: Biion’s blend of traditional aesthetics with modern polymer technology is unlike any other in the golf shoe market. If you are the “trendsetter” in your weekly foursome, it’s worth considering the many options offered by Biion.

What you need to know about Biion

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When the founders of Biion Footwear started their company, they sought to mix comfort and versatility into a shoe that truly stood out. They settled on a spikeless, slip-on design made entirely of Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), a lightweight and rubber-like material similar to that of Crocs sandals.

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Functionally, EVA is a great choice of material, as it’s not only soft but also resilient, meaning that it will form to your foot during a round without permanently deforming afterwards. In addition, EVA is highly water resistant, meaning that even after a long, hot day on the course, the shoes won’t absorb your sweat (e.g. unlike a pair of boat shoes). The shoe did pick up dirt and grass stains fairly easily due to its low profile and all white upper, which would be a problem if not for the EVA construction, which can simply be hosed down or thrown in the wash in between rounds.

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Intended to be worn without socks, Biion shoes also feature patterns of small holes all throughout their upper surfaces. This feature, along with the tiny bumps lining the inner sole called “nodes,” works to enhance airflow and breathability while also providing “a therapeutic massage with every step.”

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Appearance

Offered in five different styles (Classics, Saddles, Brights, Wingtips, Patterns), each with nearly 10 different color combinations, it is definitely hard to pick one favorite. My two favorite pairs are the black-and-pink “Brights,” and the white-and-blue Brights, but I ultimately settled on the white version for this review.

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One key point I found was that, in order to be worn properly without socks, one should go down a size from their typical golf shoe size. So if you wear a 10, try Biions in a 9.

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Performance

Unless I’ve been doing something wrong this entire time, I would guess that I am like most golfers in that I don’t often play in rubber-like shoes, without socks. After getting used to this new sensation by playing a few rounds in the shoes, I found myself mostly impressed with how they performed. The EVA construction makes for a firm, yet cushioned insole, with the massage nodes being noticeably helpful in keeping ones feet from getting too hot.

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Due to the low profile of the shoe, I could easily feel the slope in the greens, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my feet were sufficiently supported in pretty much all lies. The one exception to this is that, depending on your course conditions or how off-line you’re hitting the ball, you may find yourself having to dump sand or wet rough clippings out of your shoes often because of the “holey” design of the shoe.

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And while I’m not so sure about those of you with 115-mph club head speeds, I can say that I certainly never felt like I was on the verge of “swinging out of my shoes” (literally). As I said earlier, playing golf with this kind of shoe on is a fairly significant change for most golfers. Within the extent of the rounds I played (one with, one without a cart) with the Biion shoes, I really enjoyed the fit and performance. That being said, a small group did say that the overall feel is just a tad too far out of left field for them. For such an extreme design, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Overall, the reviews were favorable among those I asked.

Takeaway

With an MSRP of $99, Biion golf shoes aren’t a bad option for those who look to add something new and different into their golf wardrobe. While their looks may not be for everyone, especially purists, the shoes offer a different approach to golf footwear that ought to be given a try.

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