TOMO Volume 1 Golf Shoe Review

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The TOMO Volume 1 golf shoes are super comfortable and very affordable.  Light and breathable with good traction.

Introduction

Almost every golfer that I know wants to play more golf.  Making that a reality means that we need to be able to transition quickly from the real world to the golf course and back.  TOMO aims to ease that transition with their versatile, wear-anywhere Volume 1 golf shoe.  Can this shoe really pull off the feat of being high performance on the course and fashionable off it?

Looks

The Volume 1 is a clean looking knit shoe.  Branding is limited to an embossed leather square on the tongue and “Tomo” printed on the heel strap.

Tomo is making the initial run in four colors: Sand, Stone, Charcoal, and Forest.  In the dark and light grey (Charcoal and Stone), the shoes have a bright red sole that adds a fun visual pop with each step.  Sand and Forest get a less flashy orange sole.

Comfort

The TOMO Vol. 1 has a broken-in feel right out of the box.  At under 10 ounces, they’re extremely light, and the knit upper conforms to your foot like a sock.

Their best feature in the summer is the breathability.  On a 90+ degree day, the Volume 1 made walking tolerable.  I’d have a hard time going back to traditional shoes in the heat.

Performance

Traction is often an uphill battle for spikeless shoes.  I found that the TOMO Vol. 1 stands up well next to similar shoes from other companies.  They provide adequate grip in good conditions, but they do sacrifice stability when the turf is wet or sloppy.

Where the Volume 1 excels is in eliminating fatigue on the course.  This is a light, comfortable shoe that will keep you feeling energetic instead of thinking about aching feet.  And if you don’t think those few ounces of weight make a difference, consider this: TOMO’s 10 ounces versus the standard 15 ounce shoe adds up to a 3,750 pound difference over an 18 hole walk!

TOMO’s secret weapon is in the sole.  Where many shoes use EVA, TPU, or rubber, TOMO uses polyurethane.  This material, combined with their FLEX Technology, make the shoe bounce back with each step rather than just absorbing your foot.  This is another way that the Volume 1 helps you save your energy for your swing.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a shoe that’s extremely comfortable and light for those summer rounds, the TOMO Volume 1 is it.  For me, it’s also been a great shoe to wear off the course.  When you add in the value ($89) and TOMO’s use of eco-friendly products, it’s a win-win.  Check them out HERE.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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10 Comments

  1. Any idea if these are waterproof at all? We don’t get that much dry weather in the UK!

  2. Timothy Vice

    This looks like a product that may be right for me!
    I have a bad back and knees and often drop my lead foot as I swing in order to make a full turn. I sometimes struggle to do that with normal spiked shoes and for the last several months have been playing a ‘tennis shoe” in a similar style to this. A bit more grip but not too much may be perfect for me.

  3. Deborah Peever

    I am recovering from a surgery on my left big toe and have tried my gulf shoes one time and just couldn’t walk 9 holes with them , so I’ve bean using my running shoes just because there more comfortable. Thus the handicap of 22.
    I live in tumbler ridge bc , so we only get 4-5? Months of gulf up hear , so that’s not a whole lot of time to improve on your game each year. Lol
    I’d love to try out a pair of these shoes in a size 8 ladies in charcoal .
    Tkx for the oppertunity.

  4. Hi Matt, are you able to compare sizes with either Nike, Puma or Footjoy? Do they run true to size? If I’m a 13 in Puma for example what would you recommend? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Matt,

      I typically wear a 14 in Nike, 13 in FootJoy. I found the TOMO 13 to be very comfortable.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. These look great. Any idea what the heel to toe drop is and how they compare to something like the True Linkswear Knit shoes?

    • Matt Saternus

      DRN,

      The heel drop is 13mm, per TOMO. It’s much less than a FootJoy, but noticeably more than the TRUE Knit. The biggest difference between the TOMO and the TRUE is the width in the toe. The TOMO has a more conventional size, the TRUE is much wider.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. These shoes look very interesting. Went to their site and discovered that the insole is fixed. Not replaceable? Can you confirm? I’d be a little surprised if they didn’t take into account people who need or prefer an orthotic. #SecretGiveaway

    • Matt Saternus

      Dennis,

      The insole is fixed. I would think you can put another insole over the top, but I’m not experienced with insoles.

      Best,

      Matt

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