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The Ringer by Cuater is an understated, modern, athletic-style golf shoe with great design and top-level performance.
Cuater (pronounced like “equator” without the e) became part of TravisMathew in 2017. While TravisMathew is well-known for California-cool golf apparel, Cuater appears to be handling the bulk of the brand’s footwear and accessories. The Ringer is its spiked offering. Read on to see how it treated me.
While the Ringer’s silhouette appears very athletic, its design details are understated. This shoe doesn’t display the flash that many athletic-style golf shoes do. The outsole is monochromatic (can’t go wrong with white) but you can see there are multiple materials involved. While these serve functional purposes, they also add a touch of intrigue to the shoe’s overall look.
To me, the Ringer is simple but classy. There’s attention to detail in every aspect of the design that becomes apparent while looking at the shoe. The Ringer is also available in black with white accents.
I want to step into a new shoe and instantly know I’ve made the right choice. This is the experience I had slipping on the Ringer for the first time. The fit is snug, the interior is soft, and the cushioning is ample. In these shoes, my feet feel secure from the heel all the way forward.
Cuater’s Sweet Spot Cushioning System could not be more aptly named. While definitely on the cushier, springier side of things, the footbed hits the sweet spot for me in terms of desired support. This is important to me as someone who walks the majority of the time.
The Ringer looks good and feels good, but where it really excels is on the course. The first aspect of that performance is comfort. Whether walking from shot to shot or standing behind the ball visualizing the shot you’re about to hit, the last thing you want is to be thinking about your feet. In this case, you won’t have to worry about that, and 36 without changing shoes isn’t out of the question.
The Ringer is also among the most stable spiked golf shoes I have ever worn. Its replaceable plastic spikes really lock into the turf. Even with wet or uneven lies, you can feel comfortable leaning into the shot. You really want to make sure you don’t drag your feet on the greens because these spikes give you the feeling that you could pull up a chunk of turf fairly easily.
The waterproofing tech also excels. The interior (black) and the upper portion of the outsole (white) is a breathable mesh material that keeps your feet from feeling suffocated and overheated. The rest of the outsole is an impermeable, water-repellent material that does its job very well. Whether you’re dealing with casual water or an unexpected downpour, you can expect your feet to be dry when the round is over.
The Ringer will run you $199.95. In this case, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a sleek yet understated athletic-style golf shoe that ticks all the boxes performance-wise, you can do a lot worse than the Ringer from Cuater.