Update: With neon laces it comes with:
What a busy week it has been. But Friday is here and one way I like to decompress is to head to my local golf store (New York Golf Center) on 35th Street in Manhattan, and check out some of the latest Nike goods. The great thing about NY Golf Center is that right when you walk in you’re hit with a giant Nike Golf display of all the latest apparel. Fortunately, NY Golf Center had the latest from the TW Collection, the Tour Performance collection, and the Sport Collection, so I got to see all the latest apparel. Then I made my way back to the shoe section to check out the TW13s when it hit me…
I’m talking about the Lunar Swingtip, the latest addition to the Nike Golf footwear line. This sneaker in Ridgerock Suede, made in conjunction with Nike-affiliated surf and skate company Hurley, is one beautiful shoe that can also be worn on the golf course.
The sneaker struck me because it’s something I’d actually buy to wear around. It’s very reminiscent of my long-time favorite Vans, but has some golf-related features. First on the design: the broguing is just a classy touch to an otherwise simple skateboard sneaker, and its also consistent with one of this season’s hottest menswear trends. The gum outsole is a nod to skateboarding and the embossed Nike swoosh is subtle which keeps the shoe looking classic and clean.
When I put it on, it felt just like a walking shoe – comfortable and lightweight – and certainly not bulky like the skateboard shoes. The recessed lugs, tiny square shaped spikes, are never felt while walking, which is a contrast from other soft spike shoes on the market. In a press release announcing the shoe, Nike proclaimed that “the lugs engage with the ground throughout the swing, providing a secure grip with hidden traction. The rubber rim around the bottom of the shoe is weight activated, working with the movements of the foot to create increased stability while concealing the traction lugs below.” Since I only walked in the store with them, I can only say that walking in these is more comfortable than say some of the earlier casual golf shoes in the market, but from a performance perspective, I can’t really say that the traction is going to be there.
My immediate thought was that this is a great casual shoe, that might also be something you practice in, or play pitch-n-putt in, or maybe a play a walking round on a firm course on a dry day. The reality is, the Lunar Swingtip is something that first drew me in because of its off-course look.
As the older gentleman next to me in the store was looking for a “walking” golf shoe, he asked me a few questions about the Lunar Swingtip I was holding, and I showed him the bottom of the Lunar Swingtip and the bottom of the new Air Range WP II, explaining how you could really wear the Swingtip off the course since it didn’t have any traditional spikes. Ultimately he went with the Air Range II because it had both molded spikes and some traditional spikes, but did say that the Swingtip was a more “fashionable” shoe.
As you can see in the last two pics, the Swingtip looks great with pants, and is something that you could wear out. If you’re looking for that kind of versatility I would suggest going for the Lunar Swingtip in suede.