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WRX Spotlight: FootJoy 1857 Collection golf shoes

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Product: FootJoy 1857 golf shoes

Pitch: From FootJoy: “The 1857 Collection is carefully crafted by the finest shoemakers in the world, painstakingly executing over 150 steps to produce the highest quality footwear for the most discerning golf enthusiast. A tried and tested method used for over 100 years. Hand-selecting premium calfskin leathers, utilizing classic goodyear welt construction and ensuring detailed, impeccable finishes are just a few steps in our unique manufacturing process.”

Our take on FootJoy’s 1857 golf shoes

When it comes to premium, high-end golf shoes, FootJoy 1857 goes all out. The company’s shoes carry with them a whopping price-tag of $750, enough to scare away most golfers on the lookout for a pair of kicks. But it’s only when you examine the detail and craftsmanship of the shoes that it all makes sense.

Right off the bat, the throwback style of the shoes is eye-catching. The 1857 shoes are designed with history in mind, with an exquisite look.

The shoes come in two different styles – Shield Tip and Plain Toe Saddle. Both styles have a European influence behind them, with designers from the U.S. and Italy creating the look of the shoes by incorporating premium Italian calfskin leathers, full leather linings, suede heel pockets, and cork-layered fit beds. The cork-layered fit beds are said to mold into the shape of your feet over time, and every shoe is hand-crafted using over 150 steps to produce each shoe.

Each shoe’s premium calf leather is double stitched to provide for an extremely durable and waterproof shoe, while an FJ 1857 stamp on the outsole adds to the distinguished look.

The exhausting creation process is displayed in the FootJoy 1857 golf shoes in stunning detail, to create a golf shoe which is not just undoubtedly stylish but offers premium comfort too. Though the price tag of $750 may be hard to ignore for many, even when admiring the hand-craftsmanship of the 1857 shoes, just like a dress shoe, investing in one of these premium shoes may give you the benefit of not needing to do so again.

The sizing for the FootJoy 1857 shoe comes with an alpha system, which aims to provide a more detailed and accurate sizing, while the shoes arrive in a variety of colors. With the style, elegance, comfort and incredible hand-craftsmanship of FootJoy’s 1857 shoes, the companies boldness in entering the high-end golf shoe market looks to be more than validated.

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  1. David Dawson

    Jul 3, 2019 at 12:09 am

    These look just like the FJ Classics I was buying 30 years ago for $200.In 2019 dollars that should be about $375. But, the leather soles were a terrible idea then, and will be now. Grass is often wet and no leather, regardless of how treated can survive that for very long. Classics adopted a plastic sole to become “Classics Dry”, but when they shifted production to Asia and created the Icon, they screwed up their premium franchise with some inferior trim materials and really weak styling. This looks like a hail mary marketing dream to me. I’ve moved on from a multi pair Icon owner to Ecco and Adidas.

  2. Tom

    Mar 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Return of the heel blisters!

  3. Gunter Eisenberg

    Mar 8, 2019 at 7:30 am

    No thanks. I’d rather buy their ICON shoes instead for about half the price.

  4. dat

    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Should charge $7500 for these! What a comfortable deal!

  5. flyingwedges

    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    what is the difference between these and the FootJoy Premiere line which has been discontinues?

  6. JP

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    They look great, but even if I can afford them, no thanks at $750/pair.
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    I’d rather wear DNA’s with the BOA system.

    • Tom

      Mar 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      DNA line is really good, modern look, great lateral support and maximum spike benefit.
      I do have 2 pairs of those….

  7. Turkish

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Do they come with a lifetime warranty? I mean, if I spend $750 on a pair of golf shoes, I want a lifetime warranty that covers any blemish they occur. For instance, after awhile the laces start to mark my shoes. I would like to submit a warranty claim for full replacement. Do they come with shoe trees or awell made leather carrying case? If I’m paying $750 for shoes I would like my money’s worth.

  8. Jose Pinatas

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    $750 a pair?? Is that a joke? If not it should be.

    • Thomas A

      Mar 8, 2019 at 10:19 am

      When your shoes aren’t made in Asia, this is the going rate.

      • Max

        Mar 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

        Hard to believe that FJ would have these made anywhere else other than where they currently have their shoes being made.

  9. Tom

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    At $750 a pair, I’m all in!!!!!

    • Jose Pinatas

      Mar 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Yeah. I’ll take 10 pair. Give me the whole collection in a 12w. Ok sir, you bill is $7500 for 10 pair, or would you rather buy your 16yr old a car??

  10. Tom

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Only $750 a pair to walk around and step in coot poop at La Costa, I’m in!!!

  11. real recognize real

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    how are you going to walk 18 with these lol?

    • Jose Pinatas

      Mar 7, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Like literally, or because their $750 a pair?

    • geohogan

      Mar 7, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      I treasured the red, white and blue FJ saddle shoe back in the day…it took half a season , playing 4 times a week, to break them in.

  12. Chip2win

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    They look really uncomfortable.

  13. Mark

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    To be blunt I think this statement is a lie – “our unique manufacturing process”. It is my understanding, that with the closure of the Classics factory, FootJoy no longer has the manufacturing ability to produce this type of shoe.

    This is what really irks me about GolfWRX’s journalists. They never question any part of a company’s press release. They just simply pass on the falsehoods.

  14. flyingwedges

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    What is the difference between these shoes and the discontinued FootJoy Premiere, other than price?

  15. Billable Hour

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    These look great, can’t wait to pick up a few pairs once the weather turns.

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WRX Spotlight: Linksoul golf apparel

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Product: Linksoul golf apparel

Pitch: From Linksoul “Linksoul is more a philosophy than a brand. More of an experience than a clothing company. Linksoul is the collective life’s work of people who care about each other and enjoy collaborating. We believe in creating products we value, with the people we love, for the good of our families and our community. Our roots are in golf. We descend from a long line of golfers, craftsmen and artists. But now we fill our time with many interests, including surfing, skiing, hiking, yoga, travel, cooking, parenting, dog walking…We believe that these everyday practices teach us the most about ourselves.”

Our Take on Linksoul’s golf apparel

Linksoul, whose mantra is “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies), primarily provides golf clothing made to be just as appropriate and comfortable to wear on the course as off of it. The company has a range of different types of polos, tee-shirts, shorts, and pants available, but it was a button-down shirt from the company which I was most intrigued to check out.

Right off the bat, the brand’s Anza Heathered Button-Down shirt impressed with its ultra-soft fabric. To complement that softness, the shirt is wonderfully light and boasts an excellent fit. The length of the shirt sleeves is ideal, so you won’t need to keep fidgeting before and after each shot, and the comfort and fit combined gives you that added flexibility in your swing. The collar fits naturally the moment you put the shirt on and marks the clear quality that went into its creation.

It seems many are on the fence about whether button-down shirts on the course are for them (I was one of those!), but my take now is that they are the ideal summer shirt on the course. In the heat, comfort has to be the number one priority, and the button-down structure gives you so much more air. With Linksoul’s Anza button-down you’ll experience maximum breathability.

Linksoul offers the shirt in six color codes (White, Black Heather, Tidepool Heather, Ink Heather, Dark Gray Heather, and Dawn Heather). For $80, considering the caliber of the shirt, the only gripe I could make is that there aren’t more exotic colors available!

The brand’s Boardwalker Shorts are another piece of apparel that I found to contain the perfect blend of comfort and quality, as well as looking great. The shorts contain a four-way stretch fabric which gives you a plethora of flexibility during your swing, while the weight of the shorts I also found to be on point. The shorts are lightweight but not so much as to take away from the durability and quality of the shorts.

 

There is plenty of mobility on offer with the Boardwalker Shorts, while I also enjoyed that the shorts are a classic style length and sit right at the knee.

You can choose from eight different color codes (Black, Chalk, Khaki, Dark Gray, True Black, Bronze, Navy, Army, and River), and the shorts retail at $76. With their no-fuss look, high quality, and a clear focus on comfort, Linksoul’s Boardwalker shorts offer everything you’d want in a pair of golf shorts.

For those that prefer to play solely in trousers, you’ll be glad to hear that the company provide the same product in a pant style—the BoardWalker Pant.

There’s a huge amount to like about the apparel Linksoul is offering up, and at prices which are extremely reasonable considering the quality provided. Their site Linksoul.com offers a multitude of polos, button-downs (in both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and tee-shirts. If high-quality adaptable golf apparel is your thing, then it’s a company well worth checking out.

 

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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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