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Puma debunks idea mesh golf shoes can't have support

By Mike Stachura

It's easy to believe the minimalist movement in golf shoes comes with sacrifices. Lightweight, less-structured, spikeless models must mean less support and traction, right? Puma's latest entry offers evidence to the contrary.

Puma-Biofusion-shoe.jpgThe Biofusion Spikeless Mesh ($120) attacks those concerns with an external cage-like design on the inner side of each shoe to provide flexible support. Meanwhile, the shoe's collar uses memory foam to hold the foot in place by conforming to the contours of the ankle.

The carbon-rubber outsole has angled lugs for traction. A series of grooves in the outsole also makes the shoe more flexible and, with no drop in height from heel to toe, allows for a feeling of more consistent contact with the turf. At a little more than 11 ounces, the shoe maintains a lighter overall weight, too, thanks to the moisture-wicking mesh upper.