One day at the range I was lucky enough to have met a shoe designer from one of the major golf/athletic brands and was given a crash course lesson in shoe 101. Much of what we discussed I can't talk about, but one thing that struck a chord with me was the question; "What continent do the best long distance runners come from?" My answer was Africa, which was correct, but the reason why blew my mind. They practice and run barefoot. Is there something to that?Nike
One day at the range I was lucky enough to have met a shoe designer from one of the major golf/athletic brands and was given a crash course lesson in shoe 101. Much of what we discussed I can't talk about, but one thing that struck a chord with me was the question; "What continent do the best long distance runners come from?" My answer was Africa, which was correct, but the reason why blew my mind. They practice and run barefoot. Is there something to that?
That thought led me in the direction of 2 different shoe companies. Both companies see the importance to the concept but designing them in different ways. Like a story of David vs. Goliath where one brand is the largest shoe brand in the world and the other is a startup brand designed and developed by golfers for golfers.
First is True linkswear. A brand developed by passionate golfers and where playing 18 holes of golf is MANDATORY once a week. I was introduced to the True Tours about 1 year ago. They were not the prettiest shoes to look at but my god they were the most comfortable shoe I have ever tried on. For the 2012 Tour model, True made some minor tweaks based on input from their loyal users and dedicated employees and in my mind made a shoe that does look much better and although very comfortable, not as comfortable as the previous model.
- The 3D mesh liner with sock-fit liner is very comfortable
- ErgoTraction 2.0 outsole provides improved look and traction
- Zero Drop technology feels very natural
- Full grain waterproof leather upper is very soft and flexible
- TRUE barefoot platform
- Looks aren't for everyone
- The tongue tends to dig into my leg
The designers at True started with the human foot as their model and not a standard dress shoe like most shoe companies use.
All True models are designed with Zero Drop, meaning that your heel and forefoot are the same distance off the ground. This encourages a natural walking stride along with better posture and body alignment during the swing.
One of the major distinctions to let people know you have a pair of True Tours on is the design of a wide toe box . According to True, it is vital in promoting natural body motion because it allows your feet and toes to function ergonomically in the shoe while providing a more stable platform for your swing.
It's no secret around the office that I am a huge fan of True linkswear as a company for believing in their products and for their shoes they create. Being open minded brought me to wearing the True Tour and also drove me to test another shoe with the same philosophy but with a different twist.
The Adidas Puremotion is another offering dedicated to delivering a more natural movement of the foot while gaining more grip and flex for improved balance. Adidas, being the largest shoe brand in the world, had extensive resources to design and create the Puremotion golf shoe and in my opinion they did a pretty decent job.
- Anatomical shape and spikeless outsole provides a natural fit and feel for enhanced comfort, stability and performance
- Waterproof CLIMAPROOF mesh adds durability with athletic functionality
- Wider, web-shaped forefoot allows for more natural movement, grip and flex for improved balance
- Cushioned inner toe box is very comfortable
- Not enough flex/bend, too rigid
- Looks aren't for everyone
I still feel that the 2011 True Tour model is by far the most comfortable golf shoe ever made, but the Adidas Puremotion comes in as a very close second. Sizing is spot on for this shoe and my feet feel as one when I am wearing the Puremotion.
The spike pattern on the bottom of the shoe resembles that of a typical hiking shoe but emphasis was put on the natural form of your foot to create the pattern of the spikes. Grip is absolutely phenomenal with the Puremotion and the inner cushioning of the shoe creates a lot of comfort for my feet and toes.
It was a very pleasant sight to see Adidas create a waterproof shoe using their CLIMAPROOF mesh technology. I like not having to wear a full leather shoe on the cold wet mornings on the golf course. By doing this, Adidas was able to create a light weight shoe designed to lower ones fatigued while playing golf.
At the end of the day what you have is the vision of 2 different companies making a strong case for the importance of shoe design and technology to benefit the natural anatomy of your foot. In my opinion picking one over the other is impossible as both shoes offer the same function in different design, style and material. I encourage you to try both shoes on and judge for yourself. You will not be disappointed with your decision one way or the other. For more information about True, please visit True linkswear and for Adidas, please visit Adidas Golf.