I have been a True wearer for a year now and thought I would share my experience with these for those who care. As with all things, YMMV - these are just my thoughts.
Thought they looked interesting when I first saw pix of the 2011 Tours early last year. They are certainly "interesting" and definitely not for all tastes. The 2011 Tours definitely have the clown shoe look that everyone refers to. I had purchased the all black Tours in the hope they would be less flashy given the unusual design, but actually that just exacerbated the huge look. I got over it though given comfort and performance (noted below).
Also purchased a pair of 2011 Stealths when they came out. Admittedly because I was hoping they would look less clowny, but I returned them. I just didn't think that it warranted the $ given my impression of quality.
I bought a pair of 2012 gray/electric blue Tours. Definitely noticeable if you like that sort of thing; I am over my previous hangup. Wide in front (compared to most other types of shoes), but compared to the 2011 Tours, much slimmer looking (a good thing in my mind). I would point out that they look almost whitish in most pictures but definitely a darker gray in person (I think).
Recently ordered the Limited Ed. Masters phx. Sweet white with green - pebbley leather. Look pretty much like the white/green Tours though - frankly was looking for something with a little bit of a special touch. So a bit disappointed about that.
For reference, I had previously worn FootJoys size 10 and they were always perfect. Originally ordered 10 in the 2011 Tours, but they were uncomfortable. This was due to the upturned toe, so they hurt when I walked as the bend of the shoe and where my toes met the shoe was not a good fit. Returned for 10.5, I was concerned they would be too big, but ended up being quite comfortable.
(One thought I have is that maybe those having problems with the top biting into the top of their feet should try 1/2 size larger. Seemed to alleviate my problems.)
Had heard that with the new design, the 2012s might be fitting slightly differently. Got the gray/blue 2012 Tours in 10 and they fit very well. I have played 1 round walking and they were very comfortable. Less of an upturned toebox seems to be the difference.
The LE Master phx are also 10. They seem to fit well but haven't had the chance to play in them yet.
It was definitely a change of pace when I first put the Tours on last year. I have medium width but flattish feet and these felt very comfortable. Walking and playing took a bit getting used to but not a difficult transition. You do feel flat on the ground due to lack of raised heel which likely lends to the 'slipper' feel; sort of like moccasins/driving shoes. Also felt a bit weird for a while with the really wide toebox. In addition, the sole of the 2011 was pretty soft so hard surfaces felt pretty hard, but walking on grass (not enough on the short grass!) was quite comfortable.
I always walk when allowed and I used to have problems with cramps in my legs after playing. I am in good shape and work out a couple times a week, so was a very weird thing for me. Since I have started wearing True - no problems!
2012 with narrower toebox, less upturn and new sole are big improvement in my mind and to my feet. Less of a splayed out feel in the toes is a good thing. Also the new sole seems stiffer to me so I think it gives a feeling of increased support on all surfaces. Although I only wore them once, I have lots of positive comparisons with the 2011s and no negative ones, so I guess True is looking out for me at least.
These are flat and have minimal arch support, so if you need it, you are not going to get it with these.
2011 - Once I got used to the flatter feel, I really started to pay closer attention to my stance and weight shift (also partly due to some lessons I was taking) but I did not find the shoes causing me to swing from my heels. I felt like I had better balance not worse. Like most members here, I will play in all kinds of weather and since I leave in the northeast, I often have to. Never had any unusual problems with slipping in various conditions on drives, irons or anything else. Seemed just as good as my black widows spikes. I only wore these on the course, so never had any issues with the nubs wearing down so I cannot comment on that issue. One thing that was a nuisance was that last years sole was a magnet for wet grass clippings. The grooves on the bottom filled up quickly and had to be continually cleaned out, otherwise grip did become an issue (as it would for any shoe). As waterproof as rubber boots, but breathe as well too (gets a bit hot sometimes). Gore-tex next time, True?
2012 - As I said, I have only played in them once. While it had rained the day before, the course wasn't real wet. Grip seemed good and I think even better than the 2011s. I think the new sole feels firmer so I felt better pushing off on full shots. Still had good feel on the ground and greens. Walking performance was good as expected. At this point, I do not have experience with grass clipping or waterproof-ness, so I cannot comment yet.
That is all I have for now. YMMV and opinions will differ, but these are mine.
Edited by bankers0, 11 April 2012 - 09:21 AM.