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GOLF APPAREL REVIEW! – TRUE Linkswear Golf Shoes

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TRUE Linkswear Shoes Reviewed

(By: GolfSpy T) This has got to be a personal worst for me as far as the longest duration from when I received a product for testing to when I wrote the review.  From time to time GolfSpy X will make arraignments for a product to be reviewed, and then, depending on your perspective, he will either neglect to tell me, or surprise me.  That’s basically what happened with the TRUE Linkswear shoes that arrived on my doorstep last fall.  Normally when that happens I bear down and get started on a review, but last fall was not a normal time for me.  My wife and I had a baby, and despite all dreams to the contrary, my golf season was for all intents and purposes over.  A full review would have to wait for the spring…or summer.  Hopefully the guys at TRUE Linkswear will forgive the delay and look at this as better late than never.

To be clear, it’s not as if my TRUEs sat in a box untouched all winter.  In actuality, they spent a great deal of time on my feet over the winter.  I wore them for all of my shifts at Tark’s Indoor Golf, which in addition to giving me some real insight into the comfort of the shoes (8 hours at a time on hard floors), I also had the unique opportunity to test what could best be described as stain resiliency.  For the average golfer stains result from things like grass, sand, and mud.  For the guy working at a full service indoor golf facility, however; one often finds himself cleaning up things like ketchup, blue cheese, and honey mustard.  While it’s not a practical endorsement for anything, I can tell you the TRUE Linkswear passed the kitchen cleanup test with flying colors.

Some Background

Not much more than a couple of years ago Adidas started manufacturing shoes with what they called THiNTech.  The idea behind the engineering was that by bringing the golfer closer to the ground they could improve stability, footwork, and ultimately ball striking.  Golf manufacturers are, as most of you already know, notorious for developing faux technologies designed to lure gullible golfers into buying the latest, greatest, and largely unnecessary innovation with the hope that it might actually benefit their game.  The thing is, the THiNTech thing actually made sense, and by many accounts it actually worked.  It wasn’t long before all of the major players in golf footwear industry began releasing their own low profile shoe.  Each one promised innovations beyond their competitor’s, and while those battles were being waged, almost no one noticed when startups like TRUE Linkswear crept into the marketplace.  Unlike the big boys who constantly trying and one-up the other guy with Trademarks and games of techno buzzword bingo, my impression of things is that the guys at TRUE Linkswear boiled things down to a single word not usually associated with innovation; simplify.

About TRUE Linkswear

Borrowing a page out of what could be the Nike Free book.  Their approach is that the golf shoe has become over-engineered.  The TRUE guarantee is a shoe that has “no unnecessary features, added weight, false claims, or empty promises.  Just the closest thing to a barefoot golfing experience as possible”.  The company claims that product testing is in everyone’s job description, and that all employees are required to play 18 holes during the work week.  While that alone is probably enough to make the average HR manager cringe, it’s a corporate attitude that I think we could use a lot more of in this country.  What better way could there be to repeatedly test a golf shoe.  All of this leaves me with one question.  Are you guys hiring?

Features

  • A golf shoe so comfortable it feels like a slipper with traction
  • The lightest golf shoe worn on the PGA Tour
  • Removal of the midsole and spikes allows you to feel the course like never before
  • The TRUE Barefoot Platform has a toe box that allows your toes to function individually
  • The flexible outsole and cushioned footbed allow your feet to work naturally during the swing
  • TPU “Ergo-Traction” tread maximizes surface contact and grip
  • 360* Waterproofing (with one year guarantee) keeps your feet dry all day long
  • Roll/Post Toe provides stability through the swing and in the follow through
  • Memory Foam in the heel and a fitted sock liner create optimal comfort out of the box

Specs

  • Full Grain Waterproof Leather Upper
  • Temperature Control Lining in the shoe
  • Memory Foam in the Heel Cup for custom fit
  • Gusset to enhance 360* Waterproofing
  • 2.5mm TPU “Ergo-Traction” Outsole with 4mm horizontal and lateral stability bars
  • Standard width in the Heel and Mid-Foot with wide toe box

COMFORT

For me, comfort is the single most important feature of a golf shoe.  If it’s not comfortable, and worse still, if it leaves your feet blistered, not a single damn thing matters after that.  In fact, the answer I give beginning golfers, when they ask me what they should buy, is a good pair of shoes.  Too many have made the mistake of spending $400 on a driver only to spend a lousy $65 on a pair of miserably uncomfortable shoes.  It doesn’t matter how far you hit your driver when your feet are bleeding.  Golf is hard enough without having to worry about breaking in a new pair of shoes.  A truly good pair of golf shoes has to be 100% comfortable and blister free out of the gate.  Those are my rules.

Not counting the TRUE Linkswear, I personally own 4 pair of golf shoes.  All 4 are from well-known manufacturers.  2 pair (both from the same manufacturer) I classify as walking shoes.  They’re both reasonably comfortable, and I’m able to walk 18 holes over hilly terrain without rubbing off any skin. The other 2 pair are riding only shoes (which I almost never wear, because I almost never ride).  They’re comfortable enough to ride 18, but if I’ve got to cover any ground on foot, by the 9th hole I’m usually reaching for band-aids.  Ultimately the TRUE measure (only pun, I promise) of the shoes would be which group I put them in.

The TRUE guys claim their shoe is as comfortable as a slipper.  That’s a mighty bold statement considering we’re talking about what should be an athletic shoe.  With that in mind, when I first got the TRUEs I put them on them on my feet, and proceeded to do absolutely nothing.  That’s right, I tested the shoes by lounging around like a couch potato.  Apart from the fact that I couldn’t stop looking at the shoes, it’s fair to say that I didn’t even notice I had them on.  For any shoe, let alone, a golf shoe, that’s quite an accomplishment.  Consider the slipper claim verified.

The second “test” was to wear them during my shifts at Tark’s.  8 hours on hard floors, level though they may be, from a comfort perspective, is probably a decent measure of how the shoes would perform over 18 holes.  In the past I’d worn a trail shoe to work.  They were as comfortable as any.  The TRUEs proved to be even more comfortable (at the end of a shift my socks didn’t come out molded to my feet like they did with my other shoes), and the customers were asking lots of questions about my footwear.

I nearly wore my TRUE’s to the PGA show, but between the desire to maintain the tread, and not having worn them enough to be completely confident they’d hold up to 3 very long days on my feet, I went with the trail shoes.  Those were fine, but in hindsight, I think the TRUEs would have been the better choice.

When golf season finally arrived, I was a bit apprehensive to actually try the shoes on the golf course.  When the first 3 day tournament of the season arrived, I thought what better way to test the comfort and performance of a golf shoe than to wear them for the duration of what, for many golfers, amounts to a golf mini-marathon.  Quite honestly, I wasn’t convinced they’d make it through Friday, let alone the entire weekend.  I generally wear a wide shoe, so I’m always concerned about the comfort of standard width shoes.  TRUE Linkswear shoes, however, feature a more than generous toe box that give me feet as much room, if not more, than any golf shoe I’ve ever worn.

As it happens, my feet made it through Friday just fine.  And then Saturday.  And then again on Sunday.  I’ve worn the TRUE Linkswear for every round of golf I’ve played since, and quite honestly, I don’t have any plans to stop.  They are nothing if not infinitely comfortable.

Score: 30/30

STYLE

If there’s one thing that some may find off-putting about the designs of the new shoe companies its that the shoes just don’t look like golf shoes.  Some brands look more like sneakers, others look more like skateboard shoes.  While I’d struggle to classify the design of the TRUEs, what honestly springs to mind is clown shoes for golfers.  I’m sure that sounds worse that it’s meant to, but with the visibly wide toebox, the toe section takes on an almost flipper-like appearance.  I don’t mind it in the least (even if they do look a bit funny paired with shorts).

Style is of course unique to every individual.  While I like the looks of the TRUE Linkswear shoes just fine, it’s apparent to me that they’re not going to appeal to everyone (older golfers have shown the most aversion).  The younger guys love them, however; and while I’m not as young as I used to be, I’m not so old that I can’t appreciate a new approach to what, stylistically speaking, has become a relatively stagnant and boring part of the industry.

While TRUE Linkswear sent me their Black/White saddleback design, the shoes are also available in White/Black, White/Brown, All white, and all black designs.  Those of you who were at the PGA show may have seen some more vibrant designs from the company.  They looked great to us, but they apparently haven’t found their way into mass production (although it appears their trickling out as Limited Editions to coincide with the 4 majors on the PGA Tour).

The company also recently released the Stealth series.  Available in all black and all brown, the stealth series features a flatter toe spring than the original.  It runs a bit larger, and costs $40 more.

Score: 16/20


PERFORMANCE

Performance is for me second only to comfort when it comes to a golf shoe.  Traditionally performance has been about two things; stability and traction.  Now as a reviewer, I also have to consider whether or not a low profile, bare-foot-simulating design can offer any real game enhancement.  This shoe stuff is getting hard.

My first insight into the actual performance of the TRUE Linkswear shoe came over the winter.  As you know we do all of our golf club performance testing indoors.  So in addition to my shifts, I’ve worn the TRUEs for every recent club test we’ve conducted.  On the mats the traction is incredible, and I do appreciate the feeling of having my feet more connected to the ground. I was reasonably confident in my assessment when I declared TRUE Linkswear the ulimate indoor golf shoe in a running forum thread about the shoes.

That in and of itself isn’t enough to go to print with.  To get a TRUE sense of the performance (dammit, I did it again), I had to put sole to turf on an actual golf course.  After wearing traditional golf shoes basically forever, being outdoors with the TRUEs did require a brief adjustment period.  That’s not to say I had to fundamentally change anything I was doing, but for the first few holes I was definitely more aware of the ground underneath my feet.  Awareness itself is neither a positive nor a negative, I’m simply saying thing the first time you hit the course with TRUE Linkswear on your feet, you’re almost certainly going to notice that something feels different.

Once I stopped focusing on the feel of the ground beneath me and settled into playing some actual golf, any concerns I had about traction were largely erased.  In the 150 or so holes I’ve played since I started wearing the TRUEs I’ve slipped exactly one time (wet grass in the morning).  While zero slippage would obviously be ideal, my assessment is that the traction is about the same as I would expect from my normal golf shoes.

In the interest of full disclosure, my home course is built entirely on sand and the drainage is nothing less than exceptional.  It’s very rare that I find myself playing in wet conditions.  So while I can say the TRUEs have performed flawlessly during brief periods of rain, I’m not in a position to rate their performance in muddy or otherwise soaked conditions.

Where I do notice a real difference is when I’m playing out of bunkers.  I definitely feel like I can dig in and get lower than with my regular shoes. It could be psychological, or coincidental, or maybe my sand game is finally turning the corner, but 3 of the best 4 bunker shots I’ve hit in my life have come with TRUE Linkswear on my feet.  It’s proof of nothing, but it’s something I have to consider as a potential benefit of the shoes.

Finally there is the issue of weatherproofing.  As I mentioned, I’ve played a couple of times in light rain and morning dew.  In those cases my feet have stayed completely dry.  On another occassion I found myself looking for a ball in a wooded area with a small creek running through it.  I misjudged the stability of the bank and my foot sank ankle deep into wet, stinky mud.  Some water did get in my shoe above the laces, but everything below the sock line stayed dry.  I can’t speak to the longer term durability and waterproofing capabilities of the shoe, but so far so good.

Overall I’m confident in saying that the performance of TRUE Linkswear meets or exceeds that of any shoe I’ve worn to date.  I’ve found them to be incredibly stable in dry and slightly moist conditions, and I’m beyond pleased with the bunker performance.  From the performance perspective alone, there’s every reason in the world to give TRUE Linkswear a try.

Score: 30/30

VALUE

With a street price of around $160, TRUE Linkswear Tour golf shoes are priced alongside what I’d consider the middle tier of golf shoes on the market today.  One can easily spend over $200 for a premium shoe (I have, and would do it again for the level of comfort I demand from a golf shoe).  Of course, there’s a fair argument to be made that a reasonably comfortable, quality shoe can be had for less.  It also has to be pointed out that unlike most golf shoes on the market today, the Ergo-Traction Tread (spikes) on TRUE Linkswear shoes is not replaceable.  Though I haven’t noticed any degradation yet, it’s reasonable to assume that over time the tread will wear and eventually diminish the shoe’s ability to grip the ground beneath you.

For me, that’s not really an issue as I don’t expect a pair of golf shoes to last more than two seasons, and I expect that by minimizing contact with anything other than grass and sand I should be able to get a couple of seasons out of the shoe.  In fairness I also have to mention that replaceable spikes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.  On both pair of my walking shoes I’ve lost spikes mid-round.  It’s no big deal to pop a new one in, but what’s happened in both pair is that I didn’t immediately noticed the missing spike, and consequently the edges of the Q-Lok holes have become worn.  It’s now extremely difficult to get a new spike in, and they’re falling out with regularity.  For me there’s a world of value in not having to worry about it anymore.

Of course, if durability (of either the tread or the rest of the shoe) becomes an issue, I’ll update this review accordingly.

Score: 9/10

THE PEANUT GALLERY

I’m not generally one to care what other people think about what I wear (my style is becoming increasing loud on the golf course), but since we’ve established the peanut gallery as part of our apparel and gadget review process, I figured it’s best I go with it.  As I’ve already stated, the older (old) guys at my club don’t seem to care for the looks of the shoe (I bet they’d feel differently about them if they wore them), while the younger guys appear more open to the non-traditional look of the shoe.

My wife is really the only one I consult for fashion advice, and her take on the TRUE Linkswear is that they look like bowling shoes.  Now that she’s said it, I can see it, but if you look around, you’ll find that there are plenty of so-called trendy designs that appear based on bowling shoes, so I’m going to take that as a positive.

Score: 8/10

CONCLUSION

As I said at the onset of this review, when it comes to golf shoes, only two things really matter; comfort and performance.  It is quite simply impossible for me to imagine a shoe more comfortable than the TRUE Linkswear Tour. It’s billed as the next best thing to being barefoot (we actually have a guy at my club who plays barefoot), but in my opinion they’re actually better than barefoot.  Have you ever stepped on a sharp rock, a jagged stick, or a big pile of poo while barefoot?  I’ve done all 3, and none of them are particularly pleasant.  I’ll take a lightweight, comfortable shoe that offers good traction over my own feet any day.

From a performance perspective, while I can’t say they’re vastly superior to anything else on the market today, what I can say is they’re every bit as good as anything else I’ve ever worn as far as traction and overall performance are concerned – and I do like the feeling of being more in touch with, and generally lower to the ground. When coupled with what I do think is superior comfort, there’s nothing that would dissuade me from wearing anything else.

Style, where the lowest score was given, is very much left to the whimsy of the individual.  So while on looks alone, they may not be for everyone, when it comes to what matters most (again – comfort and performance), you could do plenty more than a little worse.

We look at a lot of of equipment here at MyGolfSpy.  I’m sure the other guys will tell you that even when they really like something, it doesn’t always find its way into their bags…there’s just too much really good stuff out there to bag (or foot) all of it.  For me it’s only the cream of the crop that becomes part of my golfing arsenal and TRUE Linkswear True Tour shoes are just that. I can all but assure you that as long as they hold up they’ll be on my feet for every round of golf I play this season. And when the time comes to replace them, I can only hope the guys at TRUE have something new and improved to send in for review, because I could really use a pair in white.

Score: 93/100

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Golfspy Dave June 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

Great review! Although TRUE really should send the new pair to one of the MGS reviewers for comparative review :)

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P-Gunna June 17, 2011 at 8:28 am

Very cool review, I personally can’t stand the look of those shoes. Allen Edmonds just released some beauties, they are what a golf shoe should look like.

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Golfspy Dave June 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Sliq June 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

I am not a fan of those Allen Edmond shoes at all; I’ve never been a fan of anything Rococo, and those are no exception.

I’d much prefer the True Linkswear shoe. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.

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Jay June 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

My problem with almost all golf shoes is that they are wide while I have a very narrow foot….

does anyone know if they make the true linkswear shoes in a narrow size?

or for that matter recommend any other shoe that would fit the bill?

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Tom June 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

I also have a narrow foot and wondering how these would fit. I usually wear NIke’s and those fit pretty well , but Footjoy’s are just too wide.

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Tim June 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Boys, I’ve been telling everyone since Rob sent me a pair to Demo over the winter and early spring. well a year and a few months later I now have 5 pair. They are by far and away the best shoe I have ever worn. That’s coming from a guy who was all about classic footwear and Mr. ADIDAS. I wear just about 100% ADIDAS shoes, sneakers,clothing, ie… Clima Cool but NOW when it comes to comfort, performance and overall best it’s True linkswear for me. I still have over 30-40 pairs of shoes but now most just sit on the shelf. These babies are the real deal.

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Tim June 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I should have clarified, I wrote a review on mygolfspy, golfwrx over a 1 1/2 years ago when they (TRUE linkswear) were still in early stages. They also have some of the best customer service ever. If a pair have any issues just send them back and they will make it right. What else can you ask for except maybe making the price a little lower, but thats because i’m always trying to get anything golf related for wholesale prices…. lol.

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Don Yeezy June 18, 2011 at 4:25 am

Got about 30 rounds in TRUEs now, in every imaginable weather and condition. In one word: spectacular!!! These are so comfortable it ridiculous… Looking to order more pairs in the future.

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brandern June 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

well… i’ve tried true’s shoes, but i find that it does not give me enough traction around slopy areas. you guys should check out BIOM Ecco shoes. they are also quite low to ground but much much more traction. its made of Yak leather too. I believe Fred Couples is wearing one of these. I just bough a pair last week and its extremely comfortable. Please don’t take my word for it. go and try it then judge for yourself k?

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Foster June 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

I have a narrow foot as well, C width, which is almost non-existent these days in the shoe world. That’s why I purchased the Ecco Street premiers…..the shoe design has a much longer area that can be tightened with the pull of the shoe string. That allows me to make adjustments so that my narrow feet are not swimming in the shoe.

If TrueLink can address this issue, then possibly myself (and many others from the comments) will be able to enjoy the comfort of the TrueLinks.

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mike Osbourne June 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

What an excellent review. I Am in regular communication with the president of True. I will send him a link to your review. We are thinking of stocking True at my golf club. This review has made my mind up.

Thanks

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Peter Ciambrone June 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

I just bought a pair of true linkswear shoes, I have to admit they are by far the most comfortable golf shoes I have ever worn, and I have tried them all. I was a bit hesitant to wear them the first time because it was a rainy day and I was surprised at how stable I always felt after every shot in wet fairwaynand rough. If I were to give only one criticism to these shoes is that they are so wide they kind of look like clown shoes, but to be honest I could care less what anyone thinks. Comfort is the greatest feature of these shoes, after 18 holes my feet feel great. One other feature I think helps me out is that your toes are slightly curved up in these shoes helping anyone that puts weight on their toes during their golf swing. Try them out, you will not regret it.

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Chris Margary. June 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

Give Ecco street golf shoes a go they are the best and most comfortable I have ever had.Good in the wet as well.

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Kauai Steve June 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I bought a pair 5 months ago and absolutely love the feel I get while wearing. I can sense and better determine the break on putts by walking my line. And my playing partners never get upset if I happen to step in their line because the soles leave hardly any evidence.

No doubt they will become “the” shoe worn by many in the near future.

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Brent McDonald June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I had (past tense) been wearing ECCO brand golf shoes for a few years and felt that they WERE were the most comfortable golf shoes made. Ryan Moore bought the house across the street from me (2nd home) and we have gotten to know his family. His brother gave me a pair of True golf shoes. I thought they looked a little funky, but tried them out. WOW!!! I LOVE THEM!!!! I will never never never buy another pair of golf shoes with replaceable spikes. It is darn near impossible to get the old cleats out and even harder to get the new ones in without distorting the threads. TRUE golf shoes are far more comfortable and put more of the shoe in contact with the ground. I can easily stand on a cart path and hit balls rather than take a drop and risk a bad lie. I’ve seen the newly improved soles, and colors that will be available soon and am excited for the day when some show up in size 12.

I am GRATEFUL to True!

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Mike June 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Just another shoe made in China. Try on three different pairs and get three different fits.

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Ken Chamberlin June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I am a happy owner of a pair of these and couldn’t be happier!!! I also own ECCO and enjoy them also but these are the most comfortable of the bunch.

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Vince June 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I bought a pair 2 months ago and also bought a pair of shoes from Kikkor Golf. Kikkor made similar claims regarding comfort and performance. By far, True Linkswear is a far superior shoe in both categories.
My wife really “gave me the business” about how goofy they looked and the over-60 set at the club snicker behind my back, but, I don’t give a hoot. True Linkswear shoes are awesome. I look forward to purchasing my next pair – this time from the Stealth line.

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Mike Cochran June 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

I have owned a pair of True Linkswear for about 6 months and they are a great shoe. Light, durable, and very comfortable. Right on the mark with this review MGS. And thanks to True Linkswear

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Matt C June 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

I went from a FJ AQL to an Adidas tour shoe-the comfort and performance were far superior. I learned is it worth paying for a good shoe. Problem I have with these is they look a bit silly to me. I know the performance should be paramount, but there are limits-I’d feel daft wearing these! They look a bit like ten pin bowling shoes to me, the front looks silly.

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GolfSpy T June 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

After reading some of the questions regarding size (specifically those relating to narrow feet), we checked in with our contacts at True Linkswear. They’ve confirmed that they make their shoes in a single standard width; neither wide nor narrow widths are available.

The feedback they’ve received from their customers is that the shoes fit widths B to EEE, though they admit even they were surprised to find people with narrow feet reporting a good fit. The thinking is that the memory foam or the sock liner helps keep things snug-enough for just about everyone.

Even if you have narrow feet, there’s absolutely no risk in trying them out. If you order them, and you don’t like them, TRUE Linkswear will give you a full refund.

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Tim Whartenby June 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Well I’m one of those guys with a NARROW foot in fact I have a Brand New pair of FJ Classic Premiers in B width if anyone wants to buy them from me they are for sale. they are beautiful and i will let them go for nominal fee of 450.00. LOL . The going rate for a BN pair of Classics if you can find a BN pair at all, especially in a Narrow width. I too was a little worried they (TRUES) might not fit and believe me if they didn’t fit I wouldn’t have bought 4 more pairs for a total of 5 now. So for me to wear these Trues and say they fit my NARROW foot is indeed a FACT, they are amazing. Comfort, traction is excellent, as far as slipping in sloppy conditions, you would slip in any shoe in sloppy conditions. the same will occur with spiked shoes. If your slipping when your taking a swing in TRUES it probably means your over swinging and i’ll bet your way out of balance. You would think by the way I tout this company on all these golf boards i was getting these shoes for free. Like stated above, you can always try them out and if they don’t fit True let’s you send them back and get a refund. What else could they do except lower the price to make me happier. I love their product, and it’s nice to see someone thinking outside the box. I’ll bet in 1-2 years other shoe companies will be copying something similar to this design. it’s that good! I haven’t tried the Stealths but I’ll bet they’ll fir just as good or even better as they just look narrower.

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alex July 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Great review, ordered brown and white this morning, don’t understand those allen edmonds, they look like the exacT opposite of the trues

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Jordan September 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

AWESOME REVIEW!!!!

I just ordered two pair, and cannot wait to try them! :)

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Billy February 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Great review!

By far the most comfortable shoe I have every had on my feet on a course. Huge TRUE supporter. My buddies are now converted-LOL

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RF March 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Wore them for the first time this weekend. Loved the feel and comfort. One thing I discovered though was that I needed to account for being closer to the ground on the greens. I had absolutely no feel with the putter for the first round and half. But then I choked down about an inch on the putter and instantly the feel was back. Kinda funny when I thought about it. I almost went to see a shrink after 37 putts in the first round!

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Fighting Leprechaun June 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Ryan Moore is a local guy, so I follow him closely on the PGA Tour. As a person nearing 60, I appreciate the retro look, but my TRUE shoes (Tour model, solid black) don’t really qualify. I don’t care. (When I soundly defeated a playing partner who referred to them as “Clown Shoes” on the first tee, no one else made fun of the look.) These shoes are exceptional for minimizing my recurring foot injuries (former marathoner), and are much more functional than traditional soft spike shoes here in the wet Pacific NW. My home course is a links-style course, and these shoes enhance my play there.
I highly recommend TRUE golf shoes!

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David M July 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Not to jump on the bandwagon, but I had a few hours to kill Friday and went into the local golf shop (megastore golf mall actually) to have a look for my first pair of “spikeless” shoes. Luckily there weren’t a gazillion “assistants” around, so I put a True phx on my left foot and then tried an Adidas adiCross on the right (too tight), then an ECCO Biom, and finally a Footjoy Contour Casual. Went for the True based solely (pun intended) on initial comfort. Arrived on at the club on Sunday morning to play a tournament in drizzle (it had rained all Saturday) and, worried about the traction, almost strapped on the Nike TW’s sitting in the bottom of my locker. I swing very hard, particularly on the tee-boxes, and the TW’s provide an extremely stable platform. But, I stuck with the True’s thinking that I’d give them a tough test run.

These shoes perform. I didn’t slip once, and wow are they comfortable! Accurately claimed “the closest thing to playing barefoot” they feel completely different than any athletic shoe. I felt much fresher throughout the round, and not feeling “anchored” to the turf seems to help overall balance and weight transfer.

As for the looks, well, I have a stunning rosewood putter in my study that I never play, and now, a few pairs of beautiful “classic” looking golf shoes that I’ll never again walk in on the golf course.

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Michael henik November 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

Worse shoes ever……..go buy ECCO’s.

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Fighting Leprechaun November 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

After wearing my True Tour shoes all summer, I have reluctantly transitioned back to my Nike gore-tex softspike shoes for the rest of the year. While my True golf shoes performed really well in dry or even dewy conditions, I found myself slipping when climbing steep paths or banks after a week of rain. The Nike shoes are much better at maintaining traction in crappy conditions, plus the hem of my trousers don’t drag on the ground.
I’ll go back to True in late Spring, or if I manage to get in a couple rounds in California or Arizona this winter!

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jon June 16, 2013 at 3:54 am

Does Footjoy still make the full leather premiers, orig. cost about $315. Can’t wear linkswear as have no offers to appear as a clown. I’d buy if they were not so gaudy.

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Chris August 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

I have these shoes and they are amazing. I always check the http://golfreviewguy.com website to make sure brands are good before I buy. If your thinking of making a purchase you might want to check out the website. You wont be sorry,

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Frank Castelino September 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

I bought a pair of True Linkswear from Golftown in August 2013, and although I find them very comfortable they do not clean very well. I play daily and the leather looks white an old. I belong to a very exclusive golf club (The National) and shool treating and cleaning is taken seriously. The manager at our club mentioned I may have got a defective pair. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Frank Castelino September 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

sorry I meant to say shoe treting not shool treatment.

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Kathy June 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

These shoes I found while looking for some comfortable walking golf shoes. I had relayed on FootJoys for years but as of late the toes on their womens golf shoes have become narrower. Adidas, as well had a big toe box and now they have become narrower. I have narrow feet, but I do wear a medium width in my golf shoes. I set out on a search for comfortable golf shoes and tried the tru linkswear for women. They are awesome from the minute you put them on. I have my friends, at our club, buying them as well. I have the Isis style and they may not look fashionable but when I’m done golfing I have happy feet! I hope they continue to make these shoes and more people find out about them! Love them!

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