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FootJoy's popular Contour golf shoe gets a makeover

It isn't an idle exercise when you're making a change to the Contour, what FootJoy's Doug Robinson calls "the best-selling golf shoe in the history of golf shoes."

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In addition to being available in 10 colors, the new Contour, which the company estimates has sold more than six million pairs since it was introduced in 2001, has a two-year waterproof guarantee and a thinner leather upper to provide breathability. The sole features a thermoplastic urethane bridge between the forefoot and heel for stability and arch support, and the EVA foam midsole is lighter than previous models.

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True to Contour's history of emphasizing comfort and fit, the insole is designed to work with more than a thousand foot shapes.

"We made sure we delivered on those expectations first and foremost," said Robinson, FootJoy's VP of golf footwear worldwide. "After that, we reconsidered every material and construction element."

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Early success has New Balance expanding golf-shoe line

Following its entry into the golf-shoe market this year, New Balance will introduce a spikeless version of its first offering this fall.

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Built on the same frame as its popular running shoe, the 574B weighs just 9.6 ounces with a lightweight foam midsole and a mesh upper that incorporates a thin, no-stitch construction.

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New Balance officials say the success of the cleated 574 golf shoe released in the spring gave the company an opportunity to capitalize on its popularity with a spikeless version.

Two colors -- white and grey/yellow -- will be available Nov. 1 ($90), and a navy/orange version early in 2015.

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Style

A slip-on golf shoe that, well, actually looks like a golf shoe

Derived from the Greek word bios, for "life," Biion seeks to bring new life to the golf-shoe industry. The brainchild of Toronto fashion entrepreneur Rick Buchanan, the slip-on shoes are made of a lightweight yet sturdy EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) material that is anti-microbial, odor-resistant and washable.

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The company offers shoes in five styles—classic, patterns, saddles, brights and wingtips—and 36 colors. Each features a dual-density midsole and honeycomb-pattern spikeless tread to provide stability and comfort.

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Unique to Biion's design is my favorite feature: aeration holes. Not only do they help keep your feet cool and dry, but they allow you to wear the shoes with or without socks. Retailing for $100, these shoes provide a definite style statement whether worn on or off the course.

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Make the switch to spikeless golf shoes and you might not go back

I live in Manhattan, and toting my sticks on and off subway cars and in and out of cabs has turned into a real pain in the butt. In an effort to lighten my load I bought a small Sunday carry bag and tried my best to get rid of all the excess crap I'd accumulated over the last few months in my old bag. The change helped, and after discarding a banana peel, some scuffed golf balls, five of my six divot tools and a pair of boxers (don't ask) I was on the right track.

That said, the biggest loser ended up being my shoes. Whether I knotted the laces and slung them over my 3-wood, or stuffed my two FJ classics in the side pouch, my kicks were by far the heaviest piece of equipment I was hauling.

My options:
A. Carry a separate shoe bag. That didn't seem to make any sense as I maintained the weight and lost a free hand by carrying another bag.

B. Shelf the trusty classics and add a set of spikeless shoes I could wear to, from and, of course, at the golf course.

So, I picked up a pair of FJ Contour Casuals, and I've been wearing them all over all summer! They look and feel awesome. The full-grain leather and simple suede detailing mirror the minimalist designs coming out of some big-name sneaker companies. Meanwhile, they feel just as stable as my wood-soled classics on the course. I'll even wear 'em to the office if I'm gonna try and duck out early to play nine, and no one seems to be the wiser.

These types of soft, spikeless shoes are all over the tours and have started taking over a sizeable section of the classic golf-shoe market for good reason.

Here are six sweet hybrid hook-ups to check out.


FJ Contour Casual, $115
Golfsmith.com

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True Linkswear True Oxford, $100
truelinkswear.com

loop-True-Linkswear-True-Oxford-518.jpg Ecco Street Retro, $140
ecco.com

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G Fore Patent Leather, $265
gfore.com

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Kikkor Micro Print, $120
kikkor.com

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Nike Lunarlon, $100
nike.com


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Gear & Equipment

FootJoy replicates its D.N.A. (golf shoe) for women



After the successful release of its D.N.A. (DryJoys Next Advancement) men's golf shoe earlier this year, FootJoy is debuting a women's version. The company targeted four areas in engineering the shoe for women: stability, fit, feel and performance.

loop-footjoy-dna-women-518.jpgTo achieve these, the D.N.A. ($200) features a foam collar that molds to your ankle/foot. A thin-but-firm outsole decreases weight and increases support. The footbed uses two materials, with a higher density foam around the perimeter for comfort.

The waterproof, full-grain leather shoe comes in four colors and is available Sept. 1.

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Nike's Lunar Adapt shoes will have women wanting to wear them off the course

By Keely Levins

Nike has added the athletic, spikeless Lunar Adapt to its women’s golf shoe line. The two-tone, waffle-pattern bottom is designed to keep your feet close to the ground to help maintain traction. The emphasis is on comfort and the idea that golfers like the flexibility of wearing their shoes on and off the course.

loop-nike-lunar-adapt-518.jpgThe shoe, which features lightweight cushioning on the inside midsole to absorb shock during your swing, comes in three color combos: pure platinum/hyper pink-cool gray (left), light ash/hyper grape-ivory and fuchsia force/light ash-medium ash.

The Lunar Adapt is available now at retail for $100.

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Adidas looks to keep golfers well grounded with new Gripmore line of hybrid shoes

By Marty Hackel

When hybrid shoes debuted a few years ago, the goal was an all-in-one product you could wear from car to course without having to change. Still, concerns over the lack of spikes potentially compromising traction remained.

Adidas hopes to assuage such fears with its new Gripmore line, available June 1. The design incorporates 243 points of contact with the ground, maximizing grip without traditional cleats.

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The company didn't ignore style in the Adicross Gripmore ($150) or Pure 360 Gripmore Sport ($130). I tested the Adicross (above) and love how it offers more comfort and stability than previous hybrids. Never mind me, though. Justin Rose has been wearing the Gripmore since March.


 

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Game improvement: 5 slip-ons that will keep your feet styling

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.


So you think your dad's tassle loafers are a little too classic for your commute to the course, but you've long since stepped down from the helm of the S.S Fraternalus -- leaving your boat shoes to the college bros. It's time then to check out five sweet slip-ons that will take you to and from your next round in style.

Vans -- $45
vans.com   

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Rivieras -- $90
rivieras-shoes.com

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Swims -- $165
swims.com

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Supra -- $70
Suprafootwear.com

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Seavees -- $88
seavees.com

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Gear & Equipment

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.




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Ogio is giving it a go in golf shoes


There is an unknown when a company branches out from its specialty to launch a product in a new category. The team at Ogio, however, believes its on solid footing (pun intended) as it steps beyond golf and travel bags into the golf shoe market in 2014.

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Its foursome of models--the Race, City Spiked, City Turf and Sport--trade off the company's reputation for sturdy, stylish products. All four feature the company's Synkfit insole, which quickly molds to a golfer's foot and aims to minimize movement inside the shoe.

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The top-of-the-line Race ($170) stands out with its leather outsole and ventilation system to keep the foot from overheating. It's also designed with a wide-toe area for increased comfort and stability.

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The entire line is expected to be available in stores in May 15.

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