Will latest golf-shoe craze be a Croc?

Is this the latest trend in comfy golf footwear fashion? Would you wear these on the golf course?

Leaving aside for a moment the question of whether or not the world truly needs more of these things, a pair of golf Crocs _ known as the Croc Ace _ is currently winging its way to the Gear Head’s downtown Toronto headquarters, where honesty forces me to admit I’m not sure I have the grapes to wear them in public.

That’s correct – Crocs are coming to the country club. Or not, depending on a host of factors, not the least of which is whether or not golfers are prepared to shelve their saddle shoes and climb aboard the comfort cart. Other questions abound: do they grip the turf well? Don’t your feet slide around? Won’t I look like a total dork? Etc., etc.

Once we get our hands on a pair, and summon the courage to actually wear them, watch this space for a complete review. In the meantime, here’s the party line from croc inc. (no capitals, please):

  • Circulation nubs stimulate blood flow;
  • Footbed conforms to foot creating a custom fit;
  • Loose fit and lightweight design allow feet to bend and expand naturally, reducing fatigue;
  • Adjustable turbo strap hugs the heel enhancing stability and performance;
  • Ventilation ports increase breathability while also helping you line up your feet square to the ball” for increased aim and accuracy;
  • No holes on sides to protect your feet from fresh morning dew and incredibly easy to clean;
  • Traditional golf spike pattern includes an innovative Ëœtarget pattern to help you focus your game;
  • Lug traction system features extra traction to effectively balance weight during swing;
  • So easy to get on and off you may forget how to tie your old golf shoes.

We shall see – watch this space. Can’t wait to find out what “circulation nubs” are.

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James McCarten

When James McCarten isn't at the Ottawa offices of The Canadian Press, where he works as parliamentary news editor, he's either on the golf course or putting off his latest freelance golf-writing gig to spend time with wife Lisa and school-age kids Claire and Lucas. With 20 years of experience in Canadian journalism, James also suffers from a financially crippling addiction to all things Scotty Cameron.

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