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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Brody has proudly been with GolfWRX since July 2012. He is a full time student, but enjoys getting around to writing whenever he has the chance. His interests include Tour coverage, equipment reviews, as well as interviewing figures from within the golf world. Most recently, he spoke with the founder of AimPoint Technologies and coach of Adam Scott and Stacy Lewis, Mark Sweeney.

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  1. Worst shoe on the market. Wearing them without socks is a weird feeling. Not that comfortable. Toe nails getting caught on the rubber make you cringe. Not enough traction. Even tho they have holes the rubber still smells and gets hot in warm weather. And a price tag of $100 is a joke. I could get a good leather shoe with spikes.

  2. Don’t know about you folks but I can’t wear any golf shoes without socks, let alone shoes with holes in them. One trip into the bunker and I’ve got sand in the shoes and multiple blisters.

  3. The issue of sand/grass with shoes like these can not be overstated. That’s not just a footnote at the bottom of the review.

    You get into a Sandtrap and you’re going to be itchy, scratchy, Sandy for the rest of the round.

    • True, it is a big difference over traditional shoes. But I found that it took no more than 5 seconds to pull the shoe off and pour out any sand. Due to the soft and flexible nature of the material, coupled with the lack of laces, the shoe is very easy to slip off and on.

  4. So, I have a pair of these (only wear to the range and at home garage simulator) and they are fine, except for when the weather gets warm and your feet start sweating. Which is unavoidable with rubber shoes on, vents or no vents. Once those feet start sweating, they are horrible. I find the feeling uncomfortable, unstable and noisy due to the sweat/rubber combo. Actually, they were so bad yesterday, I just took the shoes off and hit barefoot for a while. I love the look of the shoes and like the idea, but if you live in the south, like I do, and plan on wearing them in the summer, youre going to be extremely disappointed/frustrated. Can’t imagine trying to actually play 18 in them.

  5. I use them at the chipping range and putting green….not much in the way of support on full swings..
    Very similar to wearing in a tight fitting pair of crocs on full swings…zilch lateral support…
    I wouldn’t recommend this shoe if you are an above average swing speeder…

    I LOVE the look and craftsmanship…especially considering they are dyed through so u can theoretically “mop” polish them forever to look new…as a shoe hoe I kinda know my stuff…I lost count but probably have nearly 50 pairs of shoes, all in perfect shape..

    A pic of half my collection is halfway down the page…
    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1309854-rory-looks-huge/page__st__30

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