FootJoy Freestyle Golf Shoes Take Style Cues from Tree Frogs
At first glance the all new FootJoy Freestyle reminded me of a pair of neon water shoes no self-respecting kid wanted to be caught dead in on a field trip to the local water park… children of the late 80’s and early 90’s you know what I’m talking about. On the off chance you don’t, see exhibit A below.
The similarity might not be an accident though. The FootJoy Freestyle takes is design cues from an amphibian, the Agalychnis Callidryas or red-eyed tree frog. FootJoy turned to the tree frog as a model for traction and mobility. The Freestyle is a light 14 ounces, not surprising for a golf shoe that models itself after the small tree frog. To achieve superior traction and mobility, the Freestyle utilizes FootJoy’s SoftMaxTM rubber outsole with non-slip grip design topped off with flexible, translucent Pulsar cleats. The rubber outsole has been paired with FootJoy’s softest-ever FTF 3.0 midsole, so comfort is not sacrificed for greater grip in the Freestyle.
FootJoy is rarely accused of being overly stylish, so the overall appearance of the shoe might not keep up with the new Nike Lunar Control 4 or Puma’s Titantour Ignite, but the golf shoe’s tech sounds promising. The FootJoy Freestyle will come in six colorways and will start at $190. The BOA closure system Freestyle will run $210. Find them in stores Februrary 15, 2016.