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Beckett and Simonon golf sneakers come in two distinct models: Garcia and Reid. Handcrafted, each pair is made to order utilizing high quality materials. Stylish, comfortable and performance ready for a day that’s filled with more than golf.
Golfers, like normal people, love to save money. And the direct to consumer model is nothing new in the golf space. But Beckett Simonon has taken that model in a fresh direction, offering hand crafted leather golf sneakers at a pretty amazing price – $179. Granted that isn’t inexpensive, but for a made to order, high quality shoe that’s designed to last for years, Beckett Simonon offers value. And then there are Beckett Simonon’s values – taking pride in honoring their craftsmen with fair working conditions and wages, all while respecting the environment.
Beckett Simonon has two distinctive golf sneakers: the Reid, shown above, and the Garcia, below. The fashion forward Reid is highlighted by extensive lacing. For me it’s a modern nod to an old school, Chuck Taylor-ish look. The more sleek design makes the Reid look more like a casual shoe than a sneaker.
The Garcia has a sportier look, with vent holes at the toe box and reinforcing stitching. Both models feature thick white soles that are very trendy. I wouldn’t hesitate wearing either pair to dinner. Both shoes are also available in white.
I like to slip on new shoes sans socks to evaluate the comfort of the interior, and both pairs of Beckett Simonon golf sneakers felt smooth and inviting to my bare feet. I came to learn that the interior features Vachetta leather lining that’s not only buttery soft but also effective at managing moisture and controlling odor-causing bacteria.
Both shoes are have a roomy toe box, were easy to snug up through the mid-foot, and cradled my heels nicely. Something I hadn’t noted before trying them on was the difference in cut around the ankle and tongue lengths. The Reed are typical, while the Garcia was lower cut around the ankle and had a much longer tongue. Neither attribute affected comfort, but the combination gives the Garcia an odd look to the discerning eye.
I was impressed with the suppleness of the leather, but giving them a couple practice sessions to break in was still warranted. Sizing was spot on. On the course or at the grocery, the Garcia and Reid golf sneakers were supportive and comfortable.
With so many of today’s more casual golf shoes being fabric based, the sturdiness of the Beckett Simonon golf sneakers really stood out. The leather construction provided lateral support during the golf swing. It also gave protection from thorny vines during ball searches (for a playing partner, of course). The leather also repelled water and was easy to clean.
Traction wise, the Vibram Carrarmato sole was more than adequate for a spikeless shoe. There’s a reason the Carrarmato, aka “tank tread”, design has been utilized in shoes and boots for over 85 years – it’s effective on all types of surfaces and conditions. The sole had a medium level of flex. It’s stiff enough for some stability, yet flexible enough for unencumbered transitional movements.
Being handmade in Bogotá, Colombia, have some patience – your Beckett Simonon shoes won’t arrive the next day. The reward of the wait is knowing artisan hands have made the shoes just for you. Whether you prefer the athletic stance of the Garcia or the lace-centric Reid, you’re sure to appreciate the comfort and versatility of the Beckett Simonon golf sneakers.