Papa Got A New Pair of Shoes

This website has been online for 5 years now and during that time I have never written any sort golf equipment review. I’m not really keen on jumping into such a heavily populated pool, so I’ve always avoided it. That said, I recently bought a golf product that I love so much I feel compelled to comment here.

NOTE: Let me first start by saying that I have no equity stake or affiliation with any golf equipment or apparel company. I do not accept advertising on this website and I do not participate in the “Pay Per Post” industry. This post, like everything at GolfTripper.com is simply a guy talking about the game of golf out of pure adoration and love for playing. Ok, now onto the review.

I believe that golf is a game best played walking. Since I walk over 100 rounds a year I have long been obsessed with finding comfortable shoes to play in. Early this year TRUE Linkswear, a relative newcomer to golf footwear, launched a product called the TRUE phx. After witnessing the love-fest that has surrounded TRUE Linkswear’s products for the last year I decided to order a pair of the new phx model. When the shoes arrived a few days later I was surprised to find that they were incredibly well made and much higher quality than I had been expecting for $99.

Once I actually put the shoes on I was even more impressed. TRUE’s barefoot platform is based on the idea that less is more and I think they just may be on to something. I was blown away by how comfortable my feet felt in these shoes with their minimalist design and wide toe box. Maybe there is something to the TRUE love-fest. Before I could be 100% certain I really needed to take the shoes for a spin on the course.

Since it is the dead of winter here in Virginia I had to wait about a week before taking my shoes on their maiden voyage. When I caught a nice weather day I threw on my TRUES, hit a bucket of balls on the range and walked three holes to see how they felt. Well, they felt great . . . unbelievably great. So great in fact that I rushed home and ordered a second pair. Consider me fully converted. I played a full 18 hole round in my TRUES this past Saturday and they were absolutely incredible. Simply put they are the most comfortable golf shoes I have ever owned and maybe even the most comfortable non-golf shoes as well!

The only shortcoming I can find with the TRUE phx is that they are water resistant and not 100% waterproof. Of course, at a retail price of $99 (through Amazon.com or the TRUE website) we cannot have everything and if you want waterpoof shoes the TRUE tours and TRUE stealth models offer this feature. I’m sure with the success of the phx model that TRUE will be releasing a fully water proof version at a slightly higher price sometime in the near future. Also of note is that Ryan Moore is wearing TRUES on the PGA Tour, so I also expect to see some new color options and limited edition models on his feet throughout the course of the 2012 season. I can’t help but wonder how long its going to take for the next PGA Tour player to catch on and start wearing TRUES.

Looking at my old golf shoes right now I am counting 11 pair, so I think it’s fairly safe to say that I’ve kissed a lot of frogs over the last couple of years. Fortunately that exercise is over, so the only question remaining is what do I do with all of these????

  • Zach Weber

    Are they really that much better then the ecco streets?

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Yes, as you can see in the photo above I tried out some Ecco Streets and they didn’t make the cut. In my opinion, the really competitive advantage for the TRUES is the barefoot platform and the wide toe box. Ecco has neither of these features. I was skeptical of all the hype around the TRUES, but I have to say I became an instant convert once I put them on. Maybe the best $99 dollars I’ve spent in golf.

  • Jeff Labrecque

    Before you buy a dozen TRUES, wait until the new Crocs Golf Shoe launches in March. I’ve seen them, and they look & feel great. Also won ‘Best New Product’ at this years PGA show.

  • I’ve been wearing Trues since they were available. And I wear them off the course even more (unfortunately!).
    The barefoot concept is such a great application of common sense – we all want comfortable golf shoes, but the Trues put you in touch with the turf, which is what I believe sets them apart from the “wear your tennis shoes on the golf course” brands.
    It’s amusing how often the best-performing golf equipment is quite different from the heavily advertised golf equipment…

    • Ross

      How do the TRUEs wear on concrete/ daily use? Trying to figure out how bad I will tear up my Tours if I do this occassionally.

      • The Itinerant Golfer

        Ross, I’ve been wearing mine as every day shoes since I got them. I’m sure it shortens the lifespan a little bit, but I can’t imagine the additional wear is too significant.

  • nathaniel

    Cannot agree more with The Itinerant Golfer! Was down at the PGA show and had the chance to try out the Crocs…no need to wait until march because there is no comparison to what TRUE linkswear brings to the table. By far the best golf shoe I have ever worn!

  • Steve

    Did you have any problems with slippage during the swing?

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Steve, I’ve not had any problems with slippage when wearing my TRUES. I’ve only worn them for 1 full round, but I’ve hit over 1000 balls on the range wearing them. Without the “platform” on the sole that other shoes have I find that I’m more balanced on my swing and follow through than I’ve ever been. I have not worn them in extreme wet conditions yet, but I’m not anticipating any more slippage problems than I would experience with old style golf shoes.

  • Hector

    First, I want to say that I really enjoy reading your reviews. keep up the great work. With respect to the TRUE shoes, I have a pair and have played 10 to 20 rounds with them. All rounds played walking of course. My only issue with them is the lack of arch support. They are very comfortable while playing but found that my feet were sore a couple of days later. Have you had this porblem or gotten this type of feedback? Thanks

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Hector,

      I have tried a lot of golf shoes and have had a similar problem before. I found that in my case it was a mild form of tendonitis that was created from wearing golf shoes that were too big. If the foot is given too much room to “float” inside the shoe it can cause stress on tendons in the foot and result in some aches and pains. With properly fitting TRUES I have not had this problem. You might consider trying a 1/2 size smaller.

      • Tom

        I wear an orthodic that gives me arch support. It is a half size and goes from my heal to the top of the arch of my foot, about 4.5″ – 5″ in length. Would it work with the Trues barefoot platform you speak of?

        • The Itinerant Golfer

          I’m not sure if the orthodic would work with the TRUES or not. I would suggest giving the company a call and asking them. I’m sure that they would be able to shed some light on the situation.

  • I too stumbled on the True Linkswear shoes back in Dec of 2011 and have become a true believer. As a devoted walker I wore Freddies for over a year thinking I had found Nirvana, until I found these and realized Freddies were just Purgatory these things are Heaven.

    I have the Tour and Stealth models and love them both. I do wear an orthotic with both without any problem.

    You can read my detailed review of the shoes at moegolf.net.

    http://moegolf.net/2011/12/20/true-linkswear-walking-shoes/

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  • Sangjin Oh

    Hey there.
    There is special in their website, it is buy one get one free. They are having this special because Ryan Moore won the CIMB tournement. I got two pairs for $80. 😉

  • Franky

    I love these shoes! I am happy I made the switch. Here is a link if you want to check out a great review that turned me. http://www.golfreviewguy.com/