Review: Kikkor Selects Golf Shoes
It seems that every aspect of the shoe is designed with lighter weight materials; the outsole and midsole really seem to be the biggest factors. The outsole is not as rubbery as previous shoes, but more of a blue plastic material they call it “EVA injected.” While still VEKTRboard design it is now 2.0. The treads have less spikes and are more individual nubs or lugs. There is a flex line in the sole right across the forefoot so that that walking in them is very comfortable. The spikeless sole really grips exceptionally well on the course. They are separated a little more and are deeper to really grip in, but not too tall to tear anything up. Probably their best outsole yet in terms of traction. They do however pick up some leaves that were left over from the fall, but even with a few leaves stuck to the bottom there was no slippage. The only issues with the more plastic like outsole is walking on hard surfaces off the course. They sound a little louder than normal. They don’t have that soft rubber feel.
The midsole uses another weight saving material. It is an airy foam instead of a rubber foam. This creates a very soft feel on each step under your feet without being heavy. On my shoes it is the white section at the bottom of the shoe. It serves as a nice street style contrast to the black uppers and blue outsole.
The leather uppers are really great on these shoes too. They are a very light sueded leather that is soft, supple and comfortable right out of the box. They are Kikkor’s most comfortable shoe I’ve tried. Their previous models were very nice, but these are awesome. They are still fully waterproof, but certainly more supple and more comfortable. The foam around the ankle is much thicker too, making them exceptionally comfortable from the 1st hole to the 18th hole. Another comfort feature is the softer structure around the heel. So many shoes get stiff around the back of the foot, but these really flex adding to the comfort.
The sizing is still about the same, I wear a 10 in Kikkor shoes; these are now called 10/9.5 which works out well since in most other brands I wear a 9.5. I also like the wider forefoot with the optional inserts to make it fit wider or narrower depending on your feet. There is plenty of space to let your toes wiggle in these so they are very comfortable and stable for golfing.
The Selects are an excellent golf shoe. They are hard to beat on the course in terms of performance, comfort and style. If you are getting them for off the course too, the slightly plasticy outsole is kind of noisy and even a touch slippery on hard surfaces, especially when it is cold. That hasn’t stopped my from wearing them out and about, to and from the course, but it is noticeable.
Check out the Kikkor Selects for your style. I went with the more conservative black shoes, but they have some cool colors or even the Geo patterns for the bold golfer. Kikkor made a totally new shoe and it is totally awesome.
For more information: www.kikkor.com
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–Slightly plasticy outsole