FootJoy's Hyperflex shoe has been on Hunter Mahan's feet since the Ryder Cup, and come Feb. 15, you'll be able to wear them too.
Mahan caused a bit of a stir when he wore them because this shoe isn't the typical look from FootJoy. Beside the outside appearing a bit sportier, the technology inside follows more of an athletic fit as well. Seemingly, it's as if FootJoy designers took the wider, stable base of the DryJoys and mixed it with the lightweight upper of the M Project. The result: a lightweight, athletic shoe that's going to keep your feet tight against the ground throughout your swing.
The upper of the shoe is made out of mesh, which is common for an athletic shoe. But what the team at FootJoy didn't want was to lose any support -- an easy thing to do when you're working with lightweight materials.
The designers also wanted it the shoe to be stable and waterproof. To help achieve all of this this they came up with a new material, and called it FlexGrid.
The crisscrossing pattern that weaves an exoskeleton across the top of the shoe was inspired by the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, located in Boston.
"Surrounding us is a plethora of building structure and fine tuned details," says Daren Weddle, on of the principle designers on FootJoy's footwear team. "To bring a lot of that into what we do - it's inspiring."
When you look at the bridge at the right angle, it actually does look exactly like the pattern on the shoe.
The purpose of the exoskeleton is to stabilize the lightweight, waterproof mesh underneath. So, the top of the shoe looks a bit like a high-end running shoe, with a plastic pattern weaving over the top of it to keep your foot from rolling around.
All of this sits on the outsole, which is pretty solid itself. It's made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate, a sort-of rubber); its thickness gives you a good base to swing off of. The bottom of the shoe has cone-shaped traction elements that surround the nine Tornado Softspikes, to create more than enough turf interaction.
The pursuit of stability continues with five ridges located in the middle-back of the shoe that dig in to keep your heel from moving around during the swing.
The Hyperflex will be available in five colors, with a retail price set at $190.