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SQAIRZ golf shoes are some of the most stable I’ve ever worn. Square toe is roomy and comfortable. Heavy. Surprisingly comfortable for walking.
SQAIRZ golf shoes has taken the expression “starting off with a bang” very seriously. They launched with an endorsement by Hall of Famer Nick Faldo who calls SQAIRZ, “The best golf shoes I’ve ever worn.” Then they backed that up with a shoe that promises no less than improved balance, stability, accuracy, distance, and comfort, which is to say, everything. I was eager to test a pair for myself to see how they stacked up to the established names in golf footwear.
Let’s start with the namesake SQAIRZ toe. As someone who has worn TRUE Linkswear for years, a wide toe box doesn’t bother me, so a wide and square toe doesn’t bother me either. Those that need a slender profile may feel differently.
Overall, the SQAIRZ 20/20 – the style seen here – has a look that doesn’t excite me or turn me away. It’s not overly loud – the shoe is predominantly black – but it’s not a traditional looking shoe either. For $200, I’d like a more premium look, but, ultimately, this is a shoe that I’ll wear on the course if it performs.
SQAIRZ has launched with two styles, the 20/20, seen here, and the Arrow. Each shoe comes in two colorways. The 20/20 is available in Black with Red and Grey with Blue. The Arrow comes in Black with Grey and White with Red.
We can start with the obvious part: the square toe gives your feet a lot of room to spread out, which is certainly preferable to having your toes smashed together. SQAIRZ are comfortable out of the box but not overly cushioned. There is padding around the collar and tongue which insures against pressure points or unpleasant rubbing.
In terms of height, SQAIRZ lean toward the traditional end of the spectrum. The heel does not feel as tall as a FootJoy, but it’s nowhere near as low to the ground as TRUE. These shoes also run slightly larger – I wore the same size 13 that I do in FootJoy.
The sole of the SQAIRZ 20/20 uses six replaceable spikes. This is fewer than many other current spiked shoes – some use are many as nine – and I’ll discuss traction shortly. What I want to mention here is that having fewer spikes on the sole actually made me notice them more. They weren’t painful or uncomfortable, but I could clearly identify where each spike was under my foot.
Finally, one unique feature of SQAIRZ is the STA-PUT lace. Each lace has small silicone squares that lock it in place. The friction does make it a little more laborious to snug the shoe initially, but these laces do earn their name: I found no slippage or need to re-tie while wearing them.
While the square toe gets top billing, the Torque Generation System (TGS) is what I was most interested in testing. I found a very noticeable difference in head to head testing between SQAIRZ and my favorite spikeless golf shoes. The shoes felt rooted to the ground, and the TPU heel stabilizer kept my foot secure within the shoe.
While feeling stable is great, what I really want is more ball speed, so I tested SQAIRZ against other shoes on grass with my launch monitor. While I didn’t generate any more club head speed with the SQAIRZ, I did find a little more ball speed. I attribute this to being more grounded and stable – thus making better contact – through an all-out swing. Additionally, I think it’s possible that I might find more swing speed in the SQAIRZ if I were to spend more time in them and get used to being slightly higher off the ground.
Another element that needs to be mentioned is weight. Each SQAIRZ 20/20 shoe weighs over 20 ounces. That’s over twice as much as my TRUE OG Feel [review HERE]. Surprisingly, they aren’t bad to walk in. They wouldn’t be my choice for walking 36 in a day, but for 18 holes they were comfortable.
Finally, SQAIRZ has a unique offer with each pair of shoes: Spikes 4 Life. SQAIRZ recommends changing your spikes every 10-15 rounds, and they will provide you with a new set of PIVIX spikes for $5.99 shipping and handling (if you live in North America). A quick search showed me that this is a nice savings compared to $12-$18 for a set of 18 from most golf retailers.
If having your feet feel rock-solid in the turf is a high priority for you, I give the SQAIRZ a very strong recommendation. They are heavy, but they’re comfortable and are guaranteed to keep your feet dry. Each pair comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, so there’s no risk in giving them a try.