Golf shoes designed to be worn both on and off the course go by various descriptions, including spikeless, hybrid, minimalist and modern. These shoes often reflect new construction techniques and new materials. They are lightweight, comfortable and durable.
The focus of the Adidas Adicross Gripmore is traction.
Using rubber-like cleats that flex and bend, Adidas directly injects 43 of them onto the bottom of each shoe without a receptacle. Each cleat has five arms for extra traction, and there are secondary rubber nubs as well. The total points of contact number 243, according to Adidas.
MSRP is $150; the Adicross Gripmore will be available May 15.
Stylish golf shoes from the 20th century sometimes weighed 24 ounces. Many of today’s 21st-century shoes weigh less than 10 ounces. Translation: No more bricks tied to golfers’ feet.
And golfers really are wearing these shoes in nongolf environments. Yet the playability of spikeless golf shoes has edged closer to that of cleated shoes.
“We’re there,” said Masun Denison, director of global product marketing for footwear at Adidas. “Our Gripmore cleat is directly injected to the bottom of the shoe. It’s the best of both worlds: the shoes are comfortable and flexible, with superior traction.”