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The FootJoy Icon Black golf shoe is built with high-end materials and a focus on craftsmanship that steps FootJoy’s game up to a higher level.
The first thing that jumped out at me when I saw the FootJoy Icon Black was the cork insoles. Frankly, I never thought I would see something like this inside of a modern golf shoe. When you take a step back and look at the rest of the shoe, it’s clear that FootJoy was looking to blend high-end craftsmanship, elegance, and tradition into a golf shoe with modern performance that steps up to a new level for the iconic brand. While other shoemakers may have been making more expensive alternatives for quite some time, FootJoy aims to give you the option of the same quality at a more accessible price point.
I have worn shoes with cork insoles in the past, but I have never had cork on the inside of a golf shoe. Frankly, I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out for FootJoy in the new Icon Black golf shoes. While the combination of memory foam in the collar and quality leathers provided the comfort level I have come to expect from premium FootJoy Icons, I was most impressed with how comfortable the cork insole supported by the leather inserts of the TPU outsole were walking 18 holes. My longest stay in the Icon Black clocked in from about 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and at no point did I feel I needed to change my shoes for lack of comfort.
FootJoy’s Icon Blacks are all about looking good and stepping you up to a whole new level of class. The premium calfskin leathers have a soft and rich look rather than that standard plastic-ish leather look you often find on “mass production” shoes, and the leather inserts built into the outsole give you that cool vintage look. Two of the three Icon Black styles have a little more modern twist, similar to the FootJoy DryJoys. Personally, I like the more vintage and simple look like the pair we have pictured in this review (also available in tan and brown).
Comfort certainly plays a big role in the performance of a golf shoe, and as mentioned earlier, the FootJoy Icon Black is both comfortable and supportive on the golf course over long periods of time. The Icon Blacks have a traditional soft spike pattern on the bottom of the shoe, and FootJoy used the Pulsar spikes rather than the Black Widow often found on Icons. The Pulsar grips the ground well and makes maintaining solid traction on varying terrain a breeze. The structure of the shoe is solid and helps you establish and keep a strong foundation throughout the golf swing.
Is the FootJoy Icon Black a revolutionary must-have golf shoe for any serious golfer? I don’t think so, but the Icon Black is certainly a premium shoe with great looks and a must for FootJoy Icon fans. Troy Merritt recently wore the Icon Black when he won the 2015 Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour so obviously the pros are having no trouble trusting the shoe to get the job done when the big money is on the line.