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Rory unveils Nike’s new Lunar Control Vapor golf shoes



Nike’s new Articulated Integrated Traction system is gaining some, well… traction.

In an Instagram post by Rory McIlroy, the golfer unveils that Nike’s yet-to-be-released Lunar Control Vapor golf shoes use the new spikeless outsole, which is inspired by the tread on snowmobiles.

The outsole has a protruding series of “tooth-like tracks” that allow for more points of contact during the golf swing, Nike says, allowing the shoe to “continuously engage with the ground as weight shifts from heel to toe.”


Nike’s Articulated Integrated Traction soles debuted in the Nike FlyKnit Elite golf shoes.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve played golf in spiked footwear, and up until two years ago those spikes were metal,” McIlroy said. “Through its drive to innovate and bring the sport to new places, Nike has created a new traction system that provides me with a stable base to push off the ground and deliver the distance I need off the tee.”

The Lunar Control Vapor shoes employ Nike’s full-length Lunarlon midsole, as well as the company’s Flywire construction for added cushioning and stability. They use a lightweight microfiber upper, and come with a two-year waterproof warranty.


“From the beginning, our goal was to help athletes perform at the highest level,” said Gentry Humphrey, vice president of Nike Golf footwear. “Nike Articulated Integrated Traction’s geometry provides great traction on any surface and disperses stud pressure. Not having to place receptacles on the outsole means more room for extra foam underfoot to provide amazing cushioning.”

According to Nike, McIlroy will be wearing the Lunar Control Vapor this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The golf shoes will go on sale November 22 through the Nike+ app in limited-edition colorways. Additional colorways will be released November 25 on


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  1. CB

    Oct 27, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Not a good trend for golfers. The shoe manufacturers would love to have us all in spikeless shoes – then we would need 2-3 pairs of shoes per year instead of 2-3 sets of replacement spikes. In 5 years there probably won’t be any nike golf shoes with spikes.

  2. KK

    Oct 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I detest the swoosh on the toe. Worst-looking Nike design feature ever.

  3. Bob

    Oct 26, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I don’t like the trend that seems to be developing from footwear companies as it relates to spike less shoes. These almost look like cleats. The idea of spikeless was to save the greens. These things look like they’ll destroy the putting surface.
    My 2cents

    • Judge mental

      Oct 26, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Looks like a ‘Nightmare ‘to clean all those little groves , what with winter golf coming around .
      Great timing .


    • Ccshop

      Oct 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

      +1 Completely agree. The width of that thread is going to be worse on the greens than spikes. It’ll look like a snowmobile drove over the green. Another terrible Nike design

      • Don

        Oct 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        +1. Having played for the first time recently in the flyknit elites, they DO mark up the greens worse than any spike I’ve ever used. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t slip once all round, but you better believe my opponent didn’t like those tracks anywhere near his line by the 3rd green.

  4. Tiemco

    Oct 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Those treads are going to wreck soft greens.

    • Fa

      Oct 26, 2016 at 3:21 am

      +1. Especially when lazy fat 300 pound guys who only ride carts drag their feet around

      • throwindarts

        Oct 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

        Doesnt matter what shoes a 300lb person wears they will damage the green.

    • Uhit

      Nov 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      This was also my first thought,when I looked at the picture…
      ..metal spikes are not allowed, but carving tool treads are?

      The plastic design is that sharp, that you can not avoid to damage the greens.
      …especially around the hole, when you pick up the ball and the pressure is on your toes.

      If there is something new to regulate with R&A and USGA rules, then it is green damaging sole profile.

  5. Gareth

    Oct 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Can’t see them being stable enough at a muddy winter course….

    But like the concept

  6. B Hock

    Oct 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    You had me till the 3rd photo…

    • Dunce

      Oct 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

      I have a pair of Nike running shoes with the flywire (I think that’s what that lacing system is called) they’re actually quite comfortable and offer a really snug fit.

  7. mlecuni

    Oct 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    That nike logo is not big enough.

    • Punicmoly

      Oct 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      My thoughts exactly – their dated 70’s logo should have been extended completely around the entire shoe.

      • Majik

        Oct 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

        Wouldn’t the threads at the heel cause the front foot to slip (internally rotate)?

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