Dawgs Golf: Like Crocs, only more comfortable
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Many fashionistas recall the fashion craze the company Crocs started with its comfortable walking shoe. Now, there is a similar shoe offered in the golf market: Dawgs Golf.
A division of USA Dawgs Inc., Dawgs Golf developed lightweight shoes to accommodate the everyday working person - restaurant workers and medical workers - plus casual shoes and boots for everyday wear.
The look of Dawgs golf shoes reminds me of Crocs, only with spikes. And the Las Vegas-based company is rolling the dice and trying to strike big with its line of golf shoes.
Over the holiday break, I was able to try the lightweight shoes from their Ultralite collection. Not only are the shoes lightweight, weighing about 10 ounces per shoe, but they are waterproof, as well. One of the unique characteristics about the shoe is the Velcro strap on top, which allows the golfer to decide how loose or tight to wear the shoe. With the Velcro strap, I was able to comfortably wear thick wool socks in the shoe, rather than having a tight fit with traditional golf shoes.
Looking at the sole, it’s difficult to tell this wasn’t a traditional golf shoe, as there are seven spikes to get the grip you need when swinging.
The light weight of the shoe is apparent on the greens. When standing over putts or chipping on the edge of the green, I often looked down to see if I was even wearing shoes.
Because the shoes are made of rubber, cleaning them is easy. After swinging in the shoes and walking around the course for a day, a little soap and water made them look as good as new.
Dawgs come in an assortment of colors and color combinations to fit your personality and match your wardrobe. The Ultralite golf shoes that I tried retail for $50, and the company’s other golf shoe, the Spirit, sells for $40. The Spirit shoe reminds me more of the traditional “Crocs look,” with holes in the shoe, but it has a sportier look; the Ultralite is a solid shoe, with no holes.
Bottom line: These were some of the most comfortable shoes I have worn. I’m not that big of a fan of the “Crocs look,'' but there was no debating the comfort of these shoes. When wearing these kicks, a golfer most likely will go with comfort over style.
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