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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.
    .
    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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Apparel review: Justin Rose Collection @ Bonobos

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Bonobos? Bonnaroo? What do they have in common, besides being fun words to pronounce that belong to today’s generations? That’s a question for another story. We’re here to tell you about the latest addition to our curated polo collection, the Performance Golf Polo from the Justin Rose collection. It comes from Bonobos, so kick back to this 2020 Bonnaroo mixtape and read up on white anchors.

Professional golfer, Justin Rose, photographed for his Spring 2021 Bonobos capsule collection.

Bonobos has been working to reinvigorate its golf category that launched in 2011 and bring a fresh face and new thinking to their golf mix. The brand has been eyeing pro-golfer Justin Rose for some time, especially as he’s risen in the game and his style on and off course aligned with the brand’s aesthetic, it was a natural fit. Bonobos made the official partnership in 2019 and since then, Justin has worn Bonobos on the course during his tours, and in his everyday life, by choice.

In March 2021, the brand launched the Justin Rose Golf Collection, its first co-designed golf line with Justin consisting of an assortment of printed performance polos, pants, and shorts that are versatile for casual days on the course, to playing 18-holes and to the clubhouse afterward.

My fit arrived promptly, and I couldn’t help but throw it over my head and shoulders, and strut around the house. No matter the time of year nor the weather outside, a golf polo always works in the indoor arena. I had considered the slim fit, but opted for the standard. It was reassuring to realize that either one would have draped well over my torso. Plenty of room from shoulders to ribs to belly, both static and active. First box, checked.

The next task was no less arduous: wear the shirt in the out-and-about. A brisk day arrived, so I tucked a long-sleeved shirt beneath my polo, and went about my daily business, aka teaching. My students perked up when I entered the hall, and asked immediately about the anchors. “Ya know, just a new polo,” I replied. The company logo was apparent on my sleeve, so no need to ask about its origin. I’ve worn polos in the past that did not interface well with a shirt beneath. When you play golf in the wee morning hours or the evening gloaming, or the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, you often need to trick out your fit with another layer. The Bonobos Performance Golf Polo was comfortable beyond words on this day, and the collaboration with the long sleeve was a success. Second box, checked.

At this point, a little transparency will help matters. I looked good in this shirt, but when I read the added description about the model 40-inch chest, six feet two inches tall, size medium slim fit), I couldn’t help but feel a bit…inadequate? Then I looked in the mirror again, smiled, and winked, and I still looked good.

The final checkpoint was my new, Bryson-esque golf swing pitted against the Bonobos PGP. Having played golf with a gentle, consistent, non-violent swing since I picked up a club, I made the decision that 2021 would be the year that I would tear the cover off the ball. Why wait for a better time than the present, am I right? Swing after swing at the dome produced a variety of shot traces (Bryson wasn’t built in a day, after all), and my body still loved my second skin. Box three, checked.

In addition to the White Anchor pattern, something I would call the small-repeat, Bonobos offers five other patterns for purchase in this shirt model. Two floral patterns (Red Tropical and Teal & Pink) fall under the large-repeat style. The Green Sailboat Geo fills the entire top with a small-repeat, making it hard on the eyes for me. The Blue Lighthouses pattern is a medium-repeat; not as large as the Florals, but more sizable than the anchors, sailboats, and the last pattern (on a dark-blue shirt) the Navy Golf Bags small-repeat. Three white backgrounds, one blue, one red, one teal. That’s a pretty nice lineup from which to select a few new coller-poppers.

End of the day: Two happy shoulders (out of two) for the affordable ($69 retail) Bonobos Performance Golf Polo. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to check out the rest of their virtual Guideshop. Peace!

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WRX Spotlight: Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa Golf Shoe

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The Product

The new Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, available in North America now, selling for $250 at adidas.com (only available on Adidas’ website, this shoe will not be at retail).

The Pitch

From Adidas: “The adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa® is the epitome of performance golf footwear, designed to offer micro-adjustability in two separate zones. The first is the independent main dial with high strength Boa lace that when combined with the forged 360 wrap creates unparalleled power for your swing by locking the area between your midfoot and forefoot. The second provides micro-adjustability from the middle to bottom instep for a customized fit, feel, and support. The Boa Fit System activates both zones to deliver the ultimate in power, stability, and performance.”

Our take on Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa

BOA technology, a ratcheting cable system that replaces laces for securing the shoe, has been around for a while now. It was a radical departure when it first hit the market and traditionalists viewed it with some skepticism, but those who tried shoes using the system became hooked on the ease of use, secure feel, and reliability of the system. I have had to replace shoelaces, but I have never had a cable fail in a pair of shoes with Boa technology.

With the TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, Adidas has introduced the next step on Boa technology (pun intended). The shoe has a sleek, technology-forward look that is associated with Adidas products. It even looks good in the size 13 that I sport. The color selection is limited, to say the least. You can choose from white with green trim or white without green trim. But the star of the show is the Boa technology, which is implemented in two dials located on the outside of each shoe, replacing the one dial on previous iterations.

Each dial controls the fit for a different part of the shoe, and the ratcheting dial gives the wearer the most precise fit available. The real advantage over laces is that the Boa system stays secure longer and is easier to tighten than re-tying shoelaces. It’s so easy to reach down and give a couple of clicks that it became routine for me to check on each tee box to make sure I had a good fit before teeing off. Equally pleasing is the quick release on each dial that gets you out of your shoes at the end of a round without the terror of facing a wet double-knot.

The shoe is waterproof leather, and it is light and comfortable enough to walk 18 on hilly tracks. I personally would have preferred a slightly wider toe box, but that is nit-picking.

Overall, the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is a performance shoe that promises, fit, comfort and stability, and it delivers on all fronts. Not everyone has $250 to drop on a pair of golf shoes, but if you want the tech on your feet to match the tech in your bag, then the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is perfect for you.

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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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