They say you should never break in a new pair of
shoes on a golf vacation. That's especially true if
you're going to be doing a lot of walking.
So when I packed my sparkling-white Skechers
GO GOLF Pro shoes in my travel bag for a trip to
Australia -- having only worn them once, at a demo
day in Florida -- I hesitated for a moment.
I figured I could always go with my second pair
if need be. Besides, the first time I wore the
Skechers my feet felt great all day.
What I loved that first day was the sneaker-like
cushion when walking firm fairways, without losing
the control you need when trying to swing the club
over 100 miles per hour. And hey, the white model I
picked out, with red soles and real spikes, look
pretty good as well.
What could possibly go wrong?
I could tell you the story of once doing
something similar on a trip to Ireland, with a brand
of shoes that will go nameless here. Let's just say
that by the end of the week, I had to take a hacksaw
to the shoe (really) to let my big toe breathe.
Not so in Australia with the Skechers GO GOLF
Pro. Three days in a row we walked 36 holes, or
some really firm terrain. I switched shoes between
18's (something you should always do, even if it's
the same brand) and never had a foot problem.
I'm a shoe guy, and these have gone to the front
of my shoe rack.
Skechers' entry into the golf market should
come as no surprise. The $3 Billion global lifestyle
footwear company (based in California) operates
over 1300 of their own stores and are sold online
and at major retailers. Their celebrity endorsees
include Ringo Starr and Sugar Ray Leonard. In golf,
they have Matt Kuchar, Belén Mozo, Billy Andrade,
Montgomerie wearing and promoting their shoes.
If you watch any golf, you've seen their fun
Based on my experience, I think they have an
excellent chance of carving out a niche among
players looking for a blend of performance and style.
The shoes are lightweight, stable, and really well
cushioned both inside and on the sole, as I described
One of the reviewers on the Skechers website
had a similar experience to me, calling the shoes:
"Very stylish and comfortable, love the
look and feel on my feet. Played pretty well the first
two times I have worn them which is a huge bonus!
Love the shock absorption when you walk."
Skechers calls the shock-absorbing midsole,
Resalyte® -- I just know that their shoes are some
of the most comfortable I've ever worn.
There are several models available, but I'm
going to stick with the GO GOLF Pro Kuchar Official
model. I think my next pair will be in black...