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The Tomo Alpha golf shoe gives you the comfort and light weight of a knit shoe with waterproof performance.
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Over three years ago, I got to check out the first shoe from newcomer Tomo Golf, the Volume 1 [review HERE]. I was impressed with the comfort, minimalist style, and the affordability. Since then, Tomo has worked to improve their design, and the result is the Alpha. This new offering has a similar style but raises the bar on performance with a waterproof knit.
The Tomo Alpha has a very similar look to Tomo’s first shoe, the Volume 1. Its knit upper looks more like a running or walking shoe than a traditional golf shoe. Available in Carbon Black and Oxygen White, the texture of the knit gives the Alpha a look that’s more interesting than the the color choices indicate.
Branding on the Tomo Alpha is kept to a minimum. The Tomo logo is visible at the top of the tongue and on the pull tab at the heel. This keeps the look clean and allows the Alpha to be worn with almost anything.
In both black and white, the Tomo Alpha has the playful red sole that we saw on the Volume 1 and 2. This is only visible to the careful observer when you’re walking or standing, but it’s an eye-catcher when you’re posing your finish after a flushed iron shot.
As expected with a knit shoe, the Tomo Alpha is extremely comfortable right out of the box. The upper has a sock-like fit that moves easily with your foot.
In the sole, Tomo utilizes FLEX Tech for added comfort. The Alpha has a soft, bouncy feel with each step that makes any walk a bit more enjoyable. What I really like is that the sole is very soft but not overly thick. Tomo states that the outsole is 30% thicker, but it doesn’t feel disconnected from the ground like some super padded shoes do.
One final note about the Alpha is that the sizing is slightly on the small side of true-to-size. I wear a 13 in FootJoy, 14 in Nike. I got the Alpha in size 13, and it was perfect for my left foot but a hair snug on my slightly-larger right foot. I would recommend going up half a size if you’re on the fence.
What impresses me about the Tomo Alpha is that it’s a blend of knit and traditional golf shoes. The feel is very soft and comfortable, but there is a surprising amount of structure and stability. My heel feels very locked in and supported, and there’s more lateral stability than I typically get from a knit shoe.
That balance is also present in the heel. The Alpha is not a zero drop shoe, but it’s not a traditional high heel either. This makes it accessible to players coming from both traditional and natural motion shoes.
One of the biggest upgrades over the Volume 1 is the waterproofing. The Alpha is “100%” waterproof, though Tomo does not provide a specific, time-based waterproof warranty. I put the Alpha in my sink and ran the water full blast, but the inside stayed completely dry. I would have no issue wearing the Alpha in any weather conditions.
Tomo states that the Alpha is their lightest shoe yet at only 9.6 ounces. My size 13 weighed in at 12 ounces, which is among the lighter shoes I’ve tested. The combination of light weight and bouncy FLEX Tech sole allows for long days on the course without tired feet.
Finally, we get to the always-important issue of traction. Tomo promotes the Alpha as having a “Superwide base” and “multi-direction grip.” When I first saw the Alpha’s sole, I was struck by how shallow the tread is and was concerned that the traction wouldn’t be very good. I found that in good conditions, the traction is excellent. It didn’t take many swings before I had the confidence to go at my drives 100%.
The Tomo Golf Alpha is an impressive step forward from a relatively new company. If you want a go-anywhere shoe that’s light and comfortable but can also succeed in adverse weather, this is worth a look.
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