2011 Buyer’s Guide Shoes

2011's new kicks will help you rip it
This year's golf shoe offerings are a diverse bunch, to say the least. From street-wear shoes that bring to mind skate culture, to spikeless shoes that piggyback the barefoot-running trend, 2011 may well be remembered as the year that golf shoes really broke the mold. All that said, if you still fancy yourself a traditionalist, don't fret. There are still plenty of classic styles to choose from. Whether young and hip or mature and old-school, manufacturers have designed something for everyone.


Callaway Ft Chevâ Blucher

Sure the FT Chevâ Blucher has classic looks, but that doesn't mean it isn't modern "under the hood." Consider its Outlast Technology that moderates your foot temperature, or its OrthoLite open-cell foam insoles that provide enhanced breathability, moisture control, anti-microbial properties and long-term cushioning. Under the Chev__ Blucher's ball, heel and midsole, Callaway has positioned its Comfort Tech Gel Pods to relieve pressure and provide comfort. Smart. callawaygolf.com | $299 FootJoy DryJoys Tour

Featuring a proprietary waterproofing system called ECL (Extreme Comfort Leather), the DryJoys Tour from FootJoy guarantees that no agua will penetrate your shoes for at least two years. But that's not all these ultracomfortable and supportive new kicks feature. Look for full leather linings, a polyurethane foot bed for supercushioned comfort and Cyclone cleats that grab the ground and won't let go. Comes in eight different color options, including White Smooth/Brown Gator (shown). footjoy.com | $170 True Linkswear  

Perhaps the year's most-talked-about new golf shoe, the spikeless, low-to-the-ground True linkswear makes you feel like you're not even wearing shoes. Features a wide toe box so your toes function independently and with no midsole, no spikes and a TPU sole that's only 2.5mm thick; you'll think you're not wearing any shoes at all. The TPU "Ergo-Traction" platform maximizes surface contact and grip while walking and during the golf swing. These waterproof, lightweight (11 ounces!) kicks can be seen on the feet of PGA Tour pro, Ryan Moore. truelinkswear.com | $159


Ecco Golf Biom Golf Hydromax

Golf's first-ever natural-motion shoe has arrived. Ecco's lightweight Biom Golf Hydromax features soft yak leather uppers and an anatomical last with flexible midsole arch support that mirrors your foot's skeleton. Its dual-density TPU outsole brings players closer to the ground for improved feel and traction. eccousa.com | $225 Puma Cell Fusion

As seen on the feet of 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Rickie Fowler, PUMA's new, full-grain leather (and waterproof) Cell Fusion shoes feature replaceable Smart Quill spikes and PUMA iCell cushioning in the forefront and heel, so you too can swing for the fences like Fowler. Puma and Fowler are making big, bold statements. Good to see. The Tour needs it. shop.puma.com | $180 Nike Lunar Control

Tour pro Paul Casey advised Nike on the creation of its new, lightweight Lunar Control shoes, and with professional input, you know they're built for performance, stability and comfort. Features a waterproof leather upper, Lunarlon cushioning in heel and Nike Power Platform for more flexibility and greater natural motion. Oh, and they look cool, too. nikegolf.com | $190 Etonic Stabilizer

Etonic's new, ultralightweight Stabilizer golf shoe is lined with "Outlast," a NASA-engineered material that reduces heat and moisture inside the shoe by more than 40 percent. The upper is made from a microfiber material that reduces weight by 20 percent while providing a soft and supportive fit that doesn't lose its shape. Features Fast Twist 9 Cleat Insert System. etonic.com | $150 Adidas Adipure 7

Could there be a more comfortable premium shoe? Not that we've worn. The 100% waterproof Adipure Z features a hand-finished, full-grain leather upper; advanced THiNTech that makes it 32% lower to the ground than conventional cleat systems; and a Powerband Chassis that promotes more stability for better weight transfer through impact. Comfortable, classy and a technological wonder shoe! adidasgolf.com | $250 Kikkor Golf Dress Sneaker

Hop off your skateboard and hit the links in these hip new kicks. Featuring a premium full-grain leather and Diacon Embedded Spike System for ample traction and a comfortable polyurethane insole. Comes with a one-year limited waterproof warranty. kikkor.com | $125


Champ's new Zarma spikes ($15/18) fall somewhere between Zen and karma, and give you all the traction you need. The three-material design includes a traction, cushion and base, and CHAMP's "C" wear indicator. When the letter in the center of the spike wears down, it's time to change. Clever. champspikes.com

Drymax Golf claims the fiber technology that's woven into all the company's sports socks ($8-$10) keeps your feet up to 25 times drier than socks made with wicking fibers. "They dry at the speed of sweat," says Drymax's founder. Sounds good to us! Available in white and black. drymaxsports.com Hi-Tec CDT Custom Elegance WPi

The CDT Custom Elegance WPi was designed after careful research into the bio-mechanics of movement when swinging and walking. Features the world's first nanotechnology for your feet with the introduction of ion-mask, a water management technology that repels water and other liquids, so your footwear stays drier and cleaner longer. Features full-grain-leather uppers and an X5 outsole including a roll bar, traction lugs and swing-dams for optimal traction and stability. Available in white/black python and white/tan python. hi-tec.com | $130


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