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G/Fore adds flair via color to a seemingly simple, classic looking golf shoe in the Collection Gallivanter. With comfort elements and excellent traction, this is a shoe for those looking for stability with a splash of fun.
G/Fore continues to expand its shoe offerings with new models and a partnership with Peter Millar. The variety of styles, colors, and textures is impressive. Typically in a shoe brand there’s one model that I gravitate towards, but with G/Fore virtually every model calls to me. As I stated in my Longwing Gallivanter review, I wish there were cleatless versions I could wear off the course.
Building on the Gallivanter platform, the new Collection Gallivanter offers 11 distinctive sole colorways, any of which add style to the otherwise simple white shoe. I opted for the Acqua and pictured myself putting out on a green steps from the surf of the Caribbean.
The white leather uppers have a pebbled finish and a clean, dress shoe shape. A small G/Fore metal emblem is all that reveals the brand. The thick sole and short heel provide the platform for the eye catching combination of color and ethereal white layer.
As I expected from the looks, the fit was snug, but the size spot on. Inside the G/Fore Collection Gallivanter, the uppers have a soft fabric liner that invites you to go sockless. If you prefer thick socks or feel you’re between sizes, consider going up a half.
The firm, rippled footbed feels odd at first, but then your feet say “Thank you, this feels wonderful.” Overall the shoes are comfortable right out of the box, but don’t try to go more than 18 on the first outing.
The double row of stitching you see on the top edge of the sole shows you how wide the G/Fore Collection Gallivanter’s platform is. Combined with the fit of the uppers, this a very stable shoe that kept my foot from rolling outwards on my back swing. Traction on the golf course is exemplary with the aggressive cleat designs. Do expect some leaves, grass, and pebbles to accumulate during play. For me, that’s not a negative when the traction is so good.
The Collection Gallivanter is another great example of how G/Fore adds flair to golf without being flashy. The simple white uppers let the colors of the sole speak out. This may be considered a spikeless shoe, but seeing the gyrations Bubba puts into his massive swings, the Collection Gallivanter doesn’t give up anything in the performance category.