FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA Golf Shoes Review

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The FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA golf shoes are lightweight, fully adjustable with the BOA Fit system, and provide comfortable orthotic support.

Introduction

Everyone knows the FootJoy name so I will skip the intro to most notable golf shoe brand out there.  A potential lesser known name is the BOA Fit system which is now integrated in many FootJoy golf shoes.  The BOA Fit system was originally born in Colorado and designed for equipment in the ski and snowboard industry.  The system is a series of dials and laces that tighten and loosen a boot or shoe as a replacement for traditional lacing.  This BOA Fit system has now found its way into golf which is what we will review in the Footjoy Pro/SLX BOA golf shoe.

Looks

When I pulled these out of the box, I immediately noticed the BOA Fit system.  The dial on the rear of the shoe is hard to miss while the very thin laces are clearly different than the traditional lace [check out the standard Pro/SLX HERE].  I have always thought just the look of the BOA Fit system makes the shoe look a little more sleek.  Its as if it makes the shoe a little more mature than the traditional lacing counterpart.

Aside from the lacing, each FootJoy Pro/SLX is covered in a leather outer shell with only a few “FJ” logos towards the heel.

Each pair has a flat sole and wide base to create maximum surface contact with the ground while the sole houses a ring of rivets and pegs for traction.

Comfort

The FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA golf shoe’s most significant comfort feature is the Ortholite Impressions Fitbed which allows molding over time for a custom fit for your foot.  The foam insert was supportive in the arch and heel but was also soft enough the very first time I put my feet in them.

The BOA Fit system is implemented differently on almost every shoe which makes a big difference in the comfort department.  For the FootJoy Pro/SLX, the BOA tightens the tongue which is fully separate from the rest of shoe.  I prefer this method, and I think most golfers will agree that it makes the tightening of the lacing much more customizable.

Around the shoe insert and heel tab, there is ample padding which not only makes it easy to get the shoe on but also provides some plush cushioning that doubles at blister prevention.

Performance

The FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA golf shoes are a hybrid mix of an athletic shoe without losing the traditional look of a FootJoy product.  The enlarged footprint allows for a ton of ground contact which not only makes it easy to walk 18 holes, but also helps you feel connected to the turf during your swing.  The shoe itself is a bit more rigid through the toe box than what I typically wear but this rigidity solidified my footing on some of the more aggressive swings.  Despite the rigidity, my feet never felt tight or cramped.

The BOA Fit system makes sense on these FootJoys.  Over the course of a four hour round, it was nice to have the ability to change the tightness of my golf shoe with ease.  I noted that the BOA Fit system used in conjunction with a fully separated tongue is the best implementation of this type of lacing that I have experienced.  In the past, we have seen this incorporated on golf shoes where the tongue is not separated which makes the lacing system much less useful.  The FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA golf shoe avoided this and did it without any localized pressure points.

Finally, the entire shoe is wrapped in what FootJoy describes as ChromoSkin which provides a fully waterproof shell.  If you aren’t quite convinced, just know they back it up with a two year waterproof warranty.  The FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA is listed at $220 a pair and comes in wide and extra wide in addition to the standard fit.

Conclusion

The FootJoy Pro/SLX BOA golf shoes provide an ideal execution of the BOA Fit lacing system.  Not only does it perfect the custom lacing fit, it also prevents any unwanted pressure points.  Combine the BOA Fit system with its lightweight spikeless design and Ortholite foam insert and you have an ideal walking (or riding) golf shoe for 2024.

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2 Comments

  1. How is the breathability over a course of the round?

    Are these your gamers after? If not what are?

    Thanks

    • Zack Buechner

      Hey Glen,

      These are very light and seemed to breathe quite well. I mostly prefer spikes so they aren’t used a lot but the comfort is enough for me to use them on occasion.

      Thanks for the questions!

      Zack

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