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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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  1. CCshop

    Aug 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    $270 and no waterproofing. Pass

    • Dominic

      Jan 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      If you are spending $270 for golf shoes, you likely already have a waterproof pair. I have a pair of the flyknits, and they are the best shoe I’ve ever played in for ordinary dry/warm conditions. When it rains or is wet, I wear waterproof shoes, but when it’s hot, I’ll grab these 10/10 times for their comfort and breathability.

  2. Steve

    Aug 16, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I would wear them… to a job interview at the circus.

  3. Mark

    Aug 16, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Ideal shoe for loitering on a corner while wearing a tracksuit and lots of gold chains. No wonder Nike has cocked up its Golf business.

    • IowaHacker

      Aug 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I bet your a “Blue Lives Matter” supporter too. You win the Internet Ignorance award for August 16, 2016!

      • Jim

        Aug 17, 2016 at 2:54 am

        Problem with Police? You some kinda golf-gansta or just a douchebag wannabe hood?

        You’re OB dipstick.

        • IowaHacker

          Aug 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

          Golf-gansta? Wannabe hood? I’m not sure I know what those two things are. Care to enlighten me James Awad from Connecticut? Maybe when I show up at your door you can talk that sh*t to my face and we can deal with it then. For a golf teacher you sure have a loud mouth, I bet you yell at children while raping their mothers in your terrible excuse for a teaching venue.

    • KK

      Aug 16, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Did you type this while wearing your pointy white hat?

  4. Korean Slum Lord

    Aug 16, 2016 at 1:15 am

    They just mailing it in for golf goods.

  5. jap

    Aug 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I’d like the shoe but the colors are gross. Give at least one option without some bright annoying color on it.

  6. desmond

    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Don’t mind them, but at $270 they are approaching the price of a PXG iron that will last 5+ years, while these shoes may last 1-2 years. $270? Seriously?

  7. Flip

    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Jesus h….. hideous is an understatement. I would figure some of the colored guys that come hack up our club will be wearing that puke.

    • IowaHacker

      Aug 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Racist much? Bet you support Trump and the KKK too. Good luck with your bigotry.

    • KK

      Aug 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Holy S. This dude just said “colored guys.” Blast from the 50s.

    • Ron

      Aug 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

      He’s not racist since white is basically a mixture of every color. Hard to get more “colored” than that.

    • KK

      Aug 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      The world has so many amazing things to experience. Why stay in your little racist corner? Imagine living in a world without sushi, pineapple fried rice or chorizo tacos. Nah, man.

      • Jack

        Aug 17, 2016 at 3:14 am

        Those are colored foods. He only eats white meat of course.

  8. Anna

    Aug 15, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Where’s the review? This is more like a overview.

  9. DG

    Aug 14, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    LMAO. For $270 bones? And no ‘Jumpman’ logoing? Nike is spoofing us. Right?

  10. DG

    Aug 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    LMAO!! For 270 bones? And no ‘Jumpman’? Nike is spoofing us. Right?

  11. jmejones

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    JM…don’t knock’em till you tried them…I have 2/3 color ways…I love these shoes. 9/10 rounds I play in these now. Most comfortable, best fitting, cool looking golf shoes I’ve ever owned, and I am a golf shoe whore…tried them all over the past 5 years most of the FJ’s, latest Puma’s, countless Nikes, Adidas including boost, Ecco, UA, etc…

  12. JS

    Aug 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    They keep making stuff like this they will be done making golf shoes pretty soon as well.

    • Cornfused...

      Aug 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

      You mean offering both traditional shoes and more modern shoes and in general offering the golfing public with more options is going to hurt them? Wow, business acumen has passed you by hasn’t it. Shows perhaps why you don’t own a business. When it comes to shoes, Nike isn’t going anywhere. This is simply another option in the golf shoes market. It has shown decent sales and according to a commenter above, they are well loved.

      • farmer

        Aug 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        If you look at the demographics of the golf industry, these ugly things are designed to appeal to the smallest segment. Maybe your uncalled for comment about business acumen shows how much you know about mass marketing.

        • Jack

          Aug 17, 2016 at 3:19 am

          Golf shoes are getting more casual. You are getting Fowler wearing high tops and Puma pushing them out to sell. Younger golfers will love it. Older folk will not since it’s not the golf shoe they are used to looking at. For me even the more casual golf shoes that I have still can be worn with long golf pants. These shoes not so much. I think that’s the main problem with then. You’d have to wear joggers with them? I think the TW shoes were a good mix of sports/dressy.

  13. KK

    Aug 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Needs more Nike swooshes

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WRX Spotlight: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

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Product: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes (available at Dick’s and Golf Galaxy). 

Pitch: Via Jordan: “Jump up the leaderboard in the Nike Men’s Air Jordan ADG Golf Shoes. Famed for its incredible comfort and lightweight feel, the ADG features a Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning and an integrated lacing system for a secure, supportive fit. The Integrated Traction pattern offers you enhanced grip on every terrain and the signature Jumpman logos give you extra style on the course.”

Our take on Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

Confined to the feet of Keegan Bradley for years, the iconic sneaker brand seems to have proof of concept in the golf space, as evidenced by the growing roster of tour players (Pat Perez, Harold Varner III), and numerous retail offerings.

We got to test one of said retail offerings: the just-released spikeless Air Jordan ADG. Now, the Jordan style may not be for every golfer (can’t imagine them catching on in Tuesday morning senior leagues across the nation), but if you like the look of Js on the court or street, you’ll love the look of these. Indeed, you’ll probably love the look of all Jordan offerings for the fairway, as the company has done an excellent job of bringing its aesthetic to golf, rather than the opposite (if that makes sense…tacking the Jumpman logo on a pair of saddle shoes was never going to work).

So, appearance wise, the elephant print leather upper and other signature brand elements look great (and the translucent sole is an awesome touch). However, when it comes to golf shoes, particularly of the spikeless variety, we’re always concerned about stability during the swing (both in terms of contact with the ground and within the shoe internally) and appropriate support/comfort for the five-plus mile trek that is a round of golf.

On both of the aforementioned fronts, these shoes are superb. You can feel the comfort and support the instant your heel hits the Jumpan Golf logo on the insole, and the shoes do everything you’d ask a spikeless shoe to do on course. Highly recommended; we look forward to seeing what his Airness’ cordwainers come up with next.

A look at the white colorway, via Jordan, below. 

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WRX Spotlight: Callaway Golf Apparel

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Callaway apparel?

Yes, apparel, seriously.

Go ahead you can admit it, as will I. When you think of Callaway what generally comes to mind is hard goods golf gear, things like Epic Flash drivers and Chrome Soft balls. Personally I never really thought too hard about their apparel before, BUT one encounter with the lineup and I can assure you that when you think of Callaway you will think of shirts and apparel being as high on your must-try list as Apex Irons.

In the golf apparel game, there are a lot of players. From boutique brands geared towards the extreme high end to more “value” offerings that hit the mark on price but have almost no chance of holding up over a full season of use. To gain traction and find your “zone” as an apparel company you have to separate yourself, whether it be through distinctive cuts, patterns & designs, fabrics, quality, or finding the right ways & places to distribute. For Callaway Golf Apparel whatever combination of these they are doing, they are doing it very right! From quality to distribution, they are crushing it. Seriously!

How much are they “crushing it” you might ask… How about to the tune of over 690 percent year over year. Yes, that’s NOT a TYPO – 690 percent! Thanks to a glowing Q1 report (something you can easily access since they are a publicly traded company) Callaway’s apparel is leaps and bounds ahead of where they used to be for a number of reasons:

  • High-quality fabrics
  • Great cuts
  • Attention to detail

Since this is a spotlight on the apparel, I’m going to focus on my favorite pieces in the line – the polos. As I have said before there are a few things I look for in a nice golf shirt; overall fit (this dad bod has still gotta look good on the course), style choices, and quality fabric — I’d rather spend a bit more money for a classically tailored well-made shirt than something that is inexpensive but won’t last five cycles through the wash.

The highlights for these shirts are in the variety of options, the quality fit, and little extra details that allow these to be placed alongside some of the most recognized brands in off-course retail and pro shops around the country. Sleeve length is perfect and comfortable — no need for the old shoulder hike before every shot. The fabrics have stretch but not too much that the shirt feels flimsy, which a big no-no for me. Flimsy fabrics and poor seems are the typical issue with very value friendly brands but there’s none of that here! The collars don’t have stays but the way they are designed, cut, and reinforced keeps them looking firm and right where they should be.

Last but not least, Callaway’s full lineup of apparel has a huge selection of sizes for both men and women to make sure no matter your measurements you can find the outfits that fit your shape so you can feel comfortable on and off the course. If you don’t have access to a retailer you can shop their website.

 

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WRX Spotlight: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes

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Product: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes

Pitch: From Etonic: “Throughout the years Etonic continued to achieve recognition for its footwear throughout the entire sports industry. From partnering with tennis legend Fred Perry to releasing the signature shoes of NBA All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon, Etonic has shown a passion and dedication to supplying athletes everywhere with the highest quality athletic shoes. Etonic continues to follow its commitment to athletes around the world by producing industry-leading activewear that allows you to achieve your best while feeling your best.”

Our take on the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe

If you were to think of one Tour player which you would expect to wear the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe, then who would you pick? I’m confident you all got it right. John Daly is partnered with both Etonic and Loudmouth who collaborated on this shoe, and you’d be hard pressed to find a golf shoe which represented his flamboyant style more than the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe does.

Looking to create the loudest shoe in golf, Etonic did just that, with bold colors in a zebra style pattern. According to John Holst, VP of Sales for Etonic Golf,

 “The Stabi-Loud shoe is truly one of a kind. If you’re looking for an ultra-comfortable, high performance shoe that will stand out on the course, then look no further!”

What’s more, the color sequences they’ve paired together work excellently. The classic zebra look, the black and orange and particularly the companies deep red and black pattern which looks electric.

The shoes come in four different color schemes and are fully waterproof. The shoe also features a microfiber material which makes the shoe extremely comfortable as well as durable.

The shoe hits the retail market in May, and for those who admire the styles of John Daly, Ian Poulter etc. then you’re likely to love Etonic’s Stabi-Loud Shoe. It covers all the bases in terms of comfort, and if you’re looking to stand out on the course, this shoe will undoubtedly help you achieve that.

 

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