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The FootJoy Fury golf shoe shows the company evolving without losing sight of their strengths. Great traction. Holds the foot very stable. Roomier toe and more comfortable throughout.
Comfort and performance are often thought to be at odds when it comes to golf footwear. More stability typically means more weight and less ability for your foot to move naturally. In the Fury, FootJoy seeks to marry the two by using a variety of technologies and materials. I took a walk in a pair to find out if comfort and performance can truly coexist.
Though bold-looking shoes are no longer a new thing for FootJoy, the Fury pushes the envelope. What demands my attention is the mixture of different textures and materials. There’s mesh in the toe, a smooth leather upper, and the silver FlexGrid MLC cage around the midfoot. Add to that the mix of colors – different blues, white, and hints of lime green – and you have a shoe that will not be ignored.
The FJ Fury is available in four colorways: navy/white, white/grey, black, and charcoal. The FJ Fury BOA is available in white/grey/navy. Though the base colors are all staid, FootJoy has incorporated bold highlights into each one – lime in the navy and charcoal, red in the white and black.
My first impression when I slid my foot into the FootJoy Fury was, “Yep, this is what I expected.” There’s a lot of cushioning, especially around the ankle. Importantly, as Matt Meeker noted, it’s cushioned without feeling mushy.
As I walked around a bit, I started to appreciate that there was something different here. FootJoy has changed the shape of the shoe noticeably. There’s more room in the toe – a huge plus for comfort – and a slightly more narrow heel to lock your foot in place.
Finally, what I noticed after my first wear was that the Fury is FootJoy’s best effort yet at out-of-the-box comfort. FootJoy has always made a more structured shoe which has taken time to break in. The Fury still has that structure, but my feet weren’t sore after the first walk.
The FootJoy Fury pulls off an impressive feat: it has traditional cleats, but you don’t feel them as pressure points in your foot. As you would expect from a shoe with replaceable spikes, the traction is outstanding in all conditions.
What makes the Fury stand out isn’t the traction but the stability of your foot in the shoe. Between the narrower heel and the FlexGrid in the middle of the shoe, there’s no room for your foot to slide around.
The final thing that I really appreciated is the flexibility of the sole. Many shoes with replaceable spikes have fairly rigid soles. From the first wearing, the Fury moved easily with my foot as I walked around the course and crouched on the greens.
The only personal issue I had with the FJ Fury is the height of the heel. Regular readers know that I strongly favor shoes with minimal or zero heel drop. For me, standing in the Fury felt like I was in high heels, but for many, perhaps most, it will be completely in line with their normal footwear.
Matt Meeker said it most succinctly: the Fury is an impressive shoe and easily the most comfortable FootJoy yet. This shoe has all the things that FootJoy is known for – waterproofing, traction, and quality – with some new tricks like a reshaped foot bed and added flexibility in the sole.
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