With the debut of the Flyknit Elite, footwear designers at Nike Golf have taken the Flyknit Chukka (launched in 2014) and given it a turbo boost.
The Elite ($270) integrates a breathable upper and a new TPU tread -- dubbed Articulated Integrated Traction by the company -- that factors in “foot performance through every aspect of the swing,” according to Gentry Humphrey, Nike Golf footwear VP.
The result is improved traction and stability, and increased comfort. Humphrey boasts that all types of surfaces and angles a golfer faces on the course during a round were explored to create traction that performs in every condition.
Having tested a pair of the shoes recently -- I tried the green/black colorway that, with a pair of shorts, is hard to miss -- the Elites lived up to their billing. The Flywire upper -- which features an extended collar around the ankle -- provided desired support, leaving my feet feeling fresh and fit after a busy 18 holes.
If you’re standing on uneven terrain after an errant shot, the flexibility and stability of the shoes is especially evident.
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Editor's Note: This story first appeared in the June 29 issue of Golf Digest Stix.