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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    • 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.

  1. 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…

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

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