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Adicross II golf shoes

Course-conscious and street-savvy, these new shoes from adidas have got game

By: James A. Frank

The first time I wore adidas’ new adicross II golf shoes, I had a hole in one. No, not a hole in the shoe, an ace. An eagle on a par three. A one!

Must be the shoes, right?

They do deserve some of the credit because they are extremely comfortable. Lightweight, broad enough for my gigantic pedal extremities (wide sizes are available), fashionable, and perhaps most important, extremely sure-footed.

The adicross II features “traction lugs,” which are what the company calls those knobs on the bottom of the shoe that grip the ground. They are square-shaped and have been placed to optimize traction. They obviously worked for me.

The sole also incorporates a series of “flex grooves,” striations across the forefoot that flex to give the shoe a natural feel when walking and solidify shoe-to-ground contact. They also help make the shoes very comfortable off the course, which is good since the adicross IIs look right at home when knocking around town.

The top of the shoe (known as the “upper” in slipper-speak) is full-grain leather, making it both good-looking and durable. A laced version is available in three color schemes—black, brown, and white, each with accenting stripes. Another model, with a Velcro-strap closure, comes in black or white.

Hole-in-one not included. Except mine.

$80-90. taylormadegolf.com/adidasgolf

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