Welcome to the full version of our Sneak Peek into the 2012 Nike Golf Footwear line. With the earthquake that rumbled along the east coast yesterday, I suppose I could make some analogies to some “ground-breaking” additions to this year’s line. But seeing as the 5.9 tremor was my first earthquake, I’ll just leave it at that. Let’s get to the line – there’s a lot in store for consumers this year. Among them include many more colorways for the Lunar Control (NGN Review here), the Zoom Advance, and the Air Range, plus redesigns for the Tour Premium and the Zoom Trophy, and many more soft spike options including the much talked-about Nike Dunk.
The shoes will be split into four divisions: Tiger Woods, Tour Performance, Tour Premium, and Sport
Men’s Tiger Woods
Zoom TW (See sneak preview here)
Men’s Tour Performance
Lunar Control, Zoom Advance, Lunar Prevail, Lunar Ascend, Air Range, Zoom Bandon
Men’s Tour Premium
Tour Premium II, Zoom Trophy, Air Tour Saddle II, Heritage
Dunk, Air Academy II, Attack WP, Air Rival, Recovery
Ladies Tour Performance
Lunar Links, Lunar Brassie, Lunar Summer Lite
Ladies Tour Premium
Air Embellish, Air Summer Lace, Ace
Dunk, Delight, Apres 18 Slide
Dunk Jr, Advanced Jr, Remix Jr
And here we go with some commentary:
MEN’S TOUR PERFORMANCE
Lunar Control: What more can I say about this shoe? It’s the perfect blend of sytle and performance. In 2012, Nike is adding four colorways including one in my college colors (red/white), and one in my high school colors (black/yellow). Also, fans of orange will love the new orange models.
Zoom Advance: Looks like Nike added a black/white two-tone colorway this year. I’m thinking that this model might actually get picked up on Tour more. This week at The Barclays, Lucas Glover was wearing the all black colorway.
Lunar Prevail: A newcomer to the family. The Lunar Prevail has molded soft spikes for extreme comfort.
Lunar Ascend: I called it in February that Nike would incorporate Hyperfuse technology into their shoes, and now they’ve done it with the Lunar Ascend. Great for summer days, the ventilation is sure to help.
Air Range: Black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow… Welcome to the family. I have been dying to get a pair of these.
Zoom Bandon: Same as last year, and your feet will still not get wet.
MEN’S TOUR PREMIUM
Tour Premium II: Personally I loved the first Tour Premium, so it’s going to be hard to follow up that model. But with 2012, Nike streamlined the design, using what looks like 3 panels of leather, to create this sort of quasi-cap-toe shoe. For extra notice on the course, try the two-tone version, then afterwards you can leave them on and go ska dancing.
Zoom Trophy: Probably the biggest redesign of the line. The Zoom Trophy II takes on a completely different look and I’m not sure I understand the outer panel. It looks more appropriate on a Nike SB sneaker. Maybe I am just reluctant to change because I think that the original Zoom Trophy is one of the best value golf shoes in the market. But then again, perhaps I can be swayed…
Air Tour Saddle II: At first glance, I don’t think there’s significant change to the Tour Saddle. My dad tends to gravitate towards these models. They’re a great value and a good walking shoe as well.
Heritage: Another good entry level shoe. Not a whole lot of bells and whistles, but good for the weekend golfer.
Dunk: Ah yes, the Dunk. Let’s not forget the original Dunk Low SB golf shoe, as that was my favorite, but this year’s models actually look like sneakers! What’s next, Jordan XI’s with spikes? Yeah, let’s do it Nike! Click here for the press release on the new Dunk Golf Shoes.
Air Academy II: I think Nike did a great job with the new Air Academy, especially with the green and red versions. I expect these to be a big hit with consumers.
Attack WP: A great everyday, waterproof shoe.
Air Rival: Nike loyalists will enjoy the Air unit in the heel, which we haven’t seen since the 2009 line. Also comes in a white/red colorway to match your Vr equipment.
Recovery: Everyone needs some recovery time. Personally I change into flip flops after my round. I see the rationale behind this.
LADIES TOUR PERFORMANCE
Lunar Links: Look, anything with Flywire is going to have a leg up in the golf shoe industry. The support and lightweight feel it brings is just unrivaled in the industry. I think this is one of the best Women’s golf shoes out there.
Lunar Brassie: I like this molded soft spike shoe. The sole resembles the Lunar Prevail a bit, and the styling is simple and sleek.
Lunar Summer Lite: I’m already calling it – This is the BEST women’s golf shoe out there. Stylish, breathable, and available in a variety of colors to go with any outfit. This is the one to get ladies!
LADIES TOUR PREMIUM
Air Embellish: This is a Tour level shoe and commands respect. If you’ve got the game, this is the shoe for you. Plus the interchangeable bands are so innovative.
Air Summer Lace: This is new and innovative as well. Sort of like a lace up ballerina flat with golf spikes.
Ace: Style and performance – its what Nike is all about. Check out the colorways with gingham pattern styling for extra flair.
Dunk: I suspect that this will be a huge hit with the upcoming juniors on the Futures Tour. The pink version has a black patent swoosh – imagine that!
Delight: This is going to sound crazy, but I think it’s pretty cool that the spikes look like flowers. If my fiance golfed, the ones with the purple spikes would be a great gift, just sayin’.
Apres 18 Slide: I actually like the idea of a pattern on the footbead. If they did this for the Men’s collection, I would rock them.
Dunk Jr: Perfect for the up and coming golfer in your family.
Advanced Jr: Does your kid play in tournaments? This might be the shoe to get.
Remix Jr: True to the Vr line, these shoes both incorporate white/red/black. A great way to match with clothes and equipment.