FootJoy Icon Golf Shoe Review

When you think about golf shoes, the first brand that probably pops in your head is FootJoy. FootJoy which has been around for almost 150 years is steeped in tradition, comfort, and performance when it comes to their golf shoes. And when the FootJoy Icon golf shoe was released this year, I was curious to see if the FJ Icon lived up to its reputation of the storied footwear brand.

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Look and Feel
The FootJoy Icon line of golf shoes all are made from premium full grain leather and calfskin which is considered to be the finest shoe leather in the world because it resists stretching. The smooth white and black leather uppers are very supple and offer outstanding waterproof comfort (2-Year Waterproof warranty), breathability, and durability. The luxurious calfskin detailing of the Icon with its black brogues cap toe, black croc embossed print, give the Icon a very classic and elegant look with a slightly square toe character.

Inside the shoe you’ll notice that the tongue and around the collar feature memory foam, which give the FootJoy Icon a custom fit and enhances your comfort when walking. Other nice details include a leather covered foot bed that has a dual density PU Fit-Bed, which creates an underfoot base that replicates the natural shape of your foot. This helps with providing you a custom fit and cushioned support.The lining of the shoes are also made from leather that make the shoes very comfortable to wear, slip resistant, and breathable.

One feature that is unique about the FootJoy Icon is the microfiber heel counter, which is a soft microfiber that is strategically placed in the heel to ensure an optimal slip resistant fit. A nice touch in my opinion. The ABS insole board is a pre-molded insole board that is extremely flexible in the forefoot for walking comfort and firm in the heel for support and platform stability.

Outsole
On the midsole of the FootJoy Icon you’ll notice it has a genuine leather bond welt. The leather bond welt provides beautiful visual detailing along the top edge of the midsole.The outsole is made up of a tri-density TPU (thermoplastic urethane) that are strategically placed throughout the outside for stability, flexibility, and walking comfort. The Dual OptiFlex Zones is a two-part forefoot flexibility channels, are also made of TPU to provide excellent walking comfort and flexibility.

On the sole of the FootJoy Icon you’ll notice a perforated alloy Torque Bar, which is used in the shank area of the outsole to increase your midfoot stability and provide support. I liked the perforated treatment of the Torque Bar to give it a more modern look than, if they left it solid. This also makes it look very lightweight.

Stinger cleats by CHAMP (white/black) provide superior traction and are greens friendly.

Performance
The first thing you’ll notice when you put on the FootJooy Icon is how comfortable they are. The FootJoy Icon has a standard fit across the forefoot and instep, with a slightly narrow heel thanks to its FJ Icon Laser Last which is a composite of thousands of digital scans of the FootJoy Laser Fitting System. Rest assured your feet will be very comfortable wearing these golf shoes all day long. I’ll admit I was a skeptical that the FootJoy Icon would be a comfortable pair of golf shoes, that are booth breathable and durable. The use of calfskin and full grain leather cannot be appreciated until you slip on a pair of Icon’s. My feet were always cool and dry, and never felt sore after wearing the FJ Icon for an entire round.

What I also really liked was the memory foam padding along the tongue and collar, which gave the shoes a more custom fit, but also made them more comfortable to walk in. The one thing I cannot stand when wearing golf shoes for a long period of time is when the top of your foot starts to get sore from being pinched by the tongue of the shoe. I never experienced that problem while wearing the FJ Icon golf shoe.

On the course the Stinger cleats by CHAMP offer the right amount of traction throughout the golf swing and stability when walking. Part of the stability is provided by the Torque Bar located in the shank area of the outsole, which supports your midfoot. A cool little feature of the Stinger cleats is the spring-flex traction of cleats that make them very green friendly. In other words, your not going to rip up the greens and leave cleat marks all over the greens.

The only problem I could find with the FootJoy Icon, is the price at $250. The $250 price point, might be out of reach of some golfers during this down economy, but if you can afford them they are a worth every penny.

Overall, I was really impressed by the quality of materials and performance features of the FootJoy Icon. For the money your getting a great quality pair of golf shoes that live up to its reputation of making golf shoes that are comfortable and perform. With PGA Tour players like Hunter Mahan who wear the FJ Icon, you really can’t go wrong with a pair. There’s a reason why they are the most popular golf shoe in golf and have been around so long.

FootJoy Icon retails for $250
White Smooth/ Black Croc Print/ Black Smooth

Author: Rob Hayashida

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