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Nike FI Impact spikless golf shoes

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Gone are the days of the clunky, thick-spiked golf shoes and blistering feet at the end of a round. Nike is set to release the new 2014 line of men’s and women’s Free-Inspired (FI) Footwear, which are light, spikeless and form-fitting.

These shoes, which were designed with input from LPGA star Suzann Pettersen, have an athletic design to optimize comfort and performance.

Modeled on the ever-popular Nike Free running and training shoes, the Nike FI Impact golf shoes add numerous upgrades from the standard shoe. Both men’s and ladies’ styles will be available on Aug. 1, and will sell for $160.

The outer aspect of the Nike FI Impact shoe is natural-motion engineered, which allows for the material to conform during foot movements. This aids in prolonging ground-contact time and increased energy transfer from foot to ground for a more powerful swing. According to Nike, the Integrated Traction technology of the shoes allows for a natural feel without compromising protection or stability.

The dynamic fit upper portion of the shoe has perforations to enhance breathability and ventilation — a must for those playing in the summer heat. The tongue, an often forgotten part of the shoe, has also been updated to utilize a full mesh composition for added comfort. Even with the lightweight nature of the shoe, there is still a waterproof option available.

Although skeptical at first as to the spikeless outsole, Pettersen recognized the major design potential of the FI Impact shoes saying “after I tried them once, I was dying to get them on my feet in competition.” The current No. 3-ranked golfer in the Rolex ranking system first wore these shoes at the LPGA’s LOTTE Championship in April, where she carded all four rounds in the 60s to win the tournament. With four top-10s since, Pettersen and the FI Impact shoes are making headlines.

Multiple styles and colors are available. Check out the photos below to see the available colors and styles.

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Will Peppler is a former member of the University of Manitoba golf team. Currently he is a graduate student studying kinesiology and neuroscience. In his spare time Will enjoys running, cycling, and of course golf.

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  1. Kevin

    Dec 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Just bought a pair of these today and I love them! I have these and the TW13s and both are awesome shoes that I hope never wear out! The Impacts are lighter and cooler and still have great traction.

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    Dec 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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  3. Gmatt

    Jul 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Some of these versions aren’t bad looking at all. My only thought would be walking with this tread on the greens and the indentations they would cause as compared to the sole/spike patter on the TW13 or 14

  4. Jack

    Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 am

    So are the TW 14’s much better than these?

    • Bob

      Jul 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Just bought a pair of the TW 14 and they are very comforatable. Can’t see this shoe being in the same category

      • DB

        Jul 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        Could be even better, if it’s lighter and cooler. And cheaper.

  5. Tim

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    But do they come in Wide widths??? That’s been the problem with the ‘free’ shoes.

  6. Sean

    Jul 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Might be worth a look for next season. I like the idea of a “sneaker” with “spikeless” spikes. August 1st is a bit late for me.

  7. Kim

    Jul 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Suzanne PettersEn, she´s Norwegian you know.. 😉 🙂

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Driver: Callaway Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
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Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (3), Callaway X Forged (4-PW)
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