Dustin Johnson has been wearing Adidas Golf’s Tour360 Boost shoes, which launched in 2015, for the last few years. In that span of time, he won his first-ever major at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, he ascended to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings — a position which he still currently holds — and he recorded three wins in a row in early 2017. That’s quite a run while wearing the Tour360 Boost.
“Of all the models I’ve tried over the years, the Tour360 Boost has been my favorite,” Johnson said in a press release from Adidas Golf. “When the Adidas team first came to me to get my thoughts on how to improve it, I told them I didn’t want them to change a thing. Seriously. But we challenged each other to take the new Tour360 to the next level.”
When Johnson showed up to the 2017 Northern Trust, however, he was wearing something different on his feet… a new version of Adidas’ Tour360 Boost. And after taking a five-month hiatus from the winners’ circle, Johnson hit a 340-yard drive that nearly broke the Internet to defeat Jordan Spieth in a one-hole playoff to win the event, his first tournament ever wearing the shoes.
At the time, we could do nothing but speculate what the new shoes were, but Adidas has officially announced the launch of its new Tour360 shoes today.
The most significant changes compared to the Tour360 Boost shoes come in the look of the shoe. For the first time in quite some time, a Tour360 shoe will have a clean toe box — minus the familiar dual seams in the toe. They also have a more rounded toe shape for a “more natural fit,” according to Adidas.
Also, the familiar S-Curve in the heel has been removed. The shoe now features a traditional heel curve with the addition of premium leather for both stability and durability (as pictured below). According to Global Footwear Director at Adidas Golf, Masun Denison, the shoes will have a more wide-ranging appeal for golfers with the changes to the heel and toe. Overall, the shoes also provide a more “classic look,” in Denison’s words, with a “rich leather upper,” a “high-polished finish” and a “more streamlined design.”
“Our quest to create the perfect golf shoe just got one step closer with this new Tour360,” Denison said in a press release. “Our original Tour360 Boost rose to being the best-selling shoe in the U.S. market last year, so we know golfers are going to appreciate these updates that we’ve made to what was already a great product.”
The performance aspects of the shoe have also been fine-tuned. The new Tour360 wrap has been designed to give golfers more stability throughout the swing by way of raised TPU (thermoplastic urethane) plate. There’s also more support for the upper portion of the foot with a new leather collar, and with what the company calls “Sprintskin” in the inner lining, which is a lightweight microfiber. The bridge, or “Torsion Tunnel,” underneath the midsole that was featured in the previous shoes design also appears in the new Tour360 2.0; that’s because the design was proven to increase traction, according to Denison.
“I couldn’t be more excited with how this shoe turned out,” Johnson said. Those are big words from someone who didn’t even want to change his old Tour360 Boost shoes in the first place.
Adidas Golf’s new Tour360 shoes will be available in early October in three introductory colorways (White/Black, Black/White and White/Blue) and they will sell for $200. According to Adidas, additional colorways will be released in 2018.