Shoes Buyer's Guide 2007

What you wear on your feet can make a huge difference in not only how comfortable you are, but also how powerful a swing you can make

Traction Action
The soles of today’s top golf shoes have not only superb gripping capabilities, but also integrated webs and channels to whisk away water and debris for a steady grip. Better yet, most golf shoes resemble running shoes from the bottom, replete with a two-pod sole for a more effective weight transfer into the ball.

Adidas Tour 360Adidas Tour360 II
www.adidasgolf.com
($180)
Talk about taking “fresh” to the next level. The new Tour360 II from adidas retains the two-pod technology that made its predecessor popular, albeit this time with an improved sole design and slicker aesthetics. Each Tour360 II shoe features 3D Fit Foam, adiPrene cushioning, a dual-pod, 360 Midfoot Wrap design, and a durable and grip-ready Z-Traxion sole.


Adidas PowerbandAdidas Powerband
www.adidasgolf.com
($140)
Ever swing so hard you come out of your shoes? Well, Adidas has figured out a way to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Their new Powerband shoe is designed specifically for the modern, athletic golfer who likes to bomb it. The Powerband chassis helps stabilize the perimeter of the swing foundation, the highly resilient adiPrene material helps with weight transfer and Adidas’ Gripzone technology keeps your feet secure.


Bite VibeBite Golf Vibe
www.biteshoes.com
($89)
The Vibe from Bite Golf is the ideal shoe for those who want a pair of golf shoes that not only promote good foot health, but also supply a healthy dose of traction. The Vibe levies excellent foot support, a generous toe box and some of the most aggressive, hip styling you’ll ever find in a golf shoe. Don’t miss the lighter, airy Vibe AC version for a great summertime alternative.


Ecco Hydromax Ecco Hydromax
www.eccogolf.com
($180)
Ecco has built a cult following for its incredibly comfortable dress and walking shoes, so it’s no wonder the company’s success in golf is starting to blossom. Shoes like the Hydromax feature Ecco’s awesome shock absorption, dynamic sole design and the innovative glueless sole/upper bond. These babies will never crack at the seams.


Etonic G-SokEtonic G>Sok
www.etonic.com
($110)
For the player who would rather not mess with changing or maintaining spikes, the G>Sok from Etonic is the ideal choice. This shoe features no removable spikes, and the traction of the G>Sok is built right into the shoe in order to provide excellent traction, comfort and durability no matter where you go. (If you want to wear them at the
office, we suggest a black pair.)


FootJoy Golf ReelFitFootJoy Golf ReelFit
www.footjoy.com
($200)
Talk about a departure from the norm! The ReelFit from FootJoy bucks the company’s conservative golf shoe trend and comes equipped with Boa lacing technology that’s controlled via a ReelFit mechanism in the back of the shoe. The result is a custom, secured fit every time. This is the new era of slip-ons, folks.




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