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The FootJoy Flex is designed to be your go-to shoe on the course and off. Lighter and more flexible than your typical FootJoy.
While lifestyle offerings are nothing new to FootJoy, the Flex represents one of their first efforts to design a shoe that can be worn on course and off. While the lightweight mesh upper and springy cushioning deliver on the all-day comfort side, we wanted to know how well it would stand up to a big swing with the driver.
Mesh and knit shoes are having a moment, and the Flex is part of the movement. FootJoy puts their own spin on things by incorporating different textures throughout the shoe. They also nod to performance needs with a cap on the toe to prevent wear.
Overall, the Flex tries to be a shoe that’s accessible to all ages. The mesh upper skews younger, but the three colorways – navy, black, and white/grey – are classic.
The look of the Flex made me expect a light on-foot feel, and it delivers there. I could walk in these all day without fatigue. Coming from FootJoy, I also expected a lot of cushioning. Despite its light weight, the Flex piles on the underfoot cushioning which eases the stress of walking and standing.
Where the look and the brand compromise is on structure and mobility. This is the most flexible FootJoy shoes I’ve worn, but I would stop well short of calling it a natural motion shoe. The Flex delivers ample structure for the player who wants support from their footwear.
First, it should be mentioned that comfort is an essential part of performance. Especially if you’re a walking golfer, the Flex’s combination of light weight and cushioning makes strolling through the course very pleasant. You won’t be thinking about sore feet, which will leave more energy for focusing on your game.
With the Versa-Trax sole, FootJoy took into account the dual concerns of traction on the course and off it. Some spikeless soles provide a lot of grip on the grass but are a hazard on cement. I found that the Flex provided good stability in all conditions. It’s not in the upper tier for on-course traction, but smooth swingers will have no problem staying grounded in the Flex.
If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that you can comfortably wear all day, the FootJoy Flex will fit the bill. Aggressive swingers and those playing in sloppy conditions will want something with more traction on the course, but the Flex is perfect for those days when you want to slip a range session in between life’s other commitments.