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|FootJoy's FJ City golf shoes look equally stylish both on and off the course. (Courtesy of FootJoy)|
You often hear golf instructors and TV analysts talking about how pros swing "from the ground up." The point is that lower-body action is key to a solid swing, including footwork. Even for recreational golfers, it's pretty hard to play well if your feet hurt.
So finding a comfy pair of golf shoes actually has the potential to improve your game -- and a sharp pair of kicks will certainly improve your style.
Here are our three favorite new golf shoes for 2014.
Nike improves its golf shoes every year, as one would expect from the most iconic shoe manufacturer in the world. The Nike TW '14 is in the "sports shoe" category, resembling running shoes on the outside. On the inside, they have the most elaborate support system of any golf shoe we've slid onto our delicate tootsies. You immediately notice extra support on the outside of your sole (the "shoulder" of your foot, to use the technical term). The idea is that this support allows you to shift your weight fully to the outsides of your feet on the back and through swings without falling off balance. It's comfortable and blister-free right out of the box.
Ogio, whose golf-related reputation lies firmly on excellent golf bags, has introduced a line of golf apparel, including four styles of golf shoes. Ogio's Race Spiked Shoe looks a bit bulky, and may be a tad heavy, but there is a reason for both of these characteristics: It is exceptionally well padded. The insole features Synkfit, which is a type of antibacterial memory foam. When you slip these on, it feels like you're walking around with fluffy pillows on your feet -- an outstanding choice, especially if you're carrying or pushing one of Ogio's bags for 18 holes.
Rounding out this threesome is the stylish FJ City line, designed to wear as well and look as sharp off the golf course as on it. The FJ City styles combine classic construction with modern comfort and appealing color combinations. Each pair even comes with two sets of laces in both the main and accent color. There could be a bit more padding on the inside of the heel (be sure to wear thick socks if you're walking 18 holes with these right out of the box). But nevertheless, they have become our favorite shoes for rounds that are followed by drinks and dinner -- no need to change shoes, even if you're headed to a nice restaurant.
In sum: Sporty, comfy and classy, respectively. Might as well buy one of each, so your golf footwear will always match your mood.
July 10, 2014
Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.
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