TRUE Linkswear lyt breathe Golf Shoe Review

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The TRUE Linkswear lyt breathe isn’t the most comfortable golf shoe I’ve ever owned, it’s the most comfortable shoe, period.  Could easily become your everyday go-to shoe, plus your on-course favorite.


TRUE Linkswear has carved out a solid niche in the golf shoe market with their exceptional comfort and the performance benefits of their barefoot platform.  With the introduction of the lyt breathe, it seems clear that TRUE isn’t content being your golf shoe – they want to be your everyday shoe, too.

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I’ve already said it once, but let me say it again: the lyt breathe is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn.  It has TRUE’s trademark pillow-y softness, plus it weighs in at a barely-there 8.9 ounces.

Even with comfortable shoes, I’m usually dying to take them off after golf.  With the lyt breathe, I was perfectly happy wearing my shoes during the round and after.  If they weren’t dirty from the course, I’d probably have worn them to bed.

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Aesthetically, the TRUE ly breathe looks very similar to its brother, the lyt dry.  Both tend towards the “athletic shoe” look as opposed to some of TRUE’s more classic, golf-y styles.  I think this look fits perfectly with how the shoe performs, since it could easily replace your running/gym shoes.

The lyt breathe is offered in 4 different colorways.  Each one has a plain base color, ranging from black to grey to white, with a bolder accent color.  As you can see in the pictures above, TRUE includes laces in both colors to allow you to spice the look up or tone it down.

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For those unfamiliar with the benefits of TRUE’s barefoot platform, let me give you a quick primer.  99% of shoes out there are effectively high heels: they place your heel significantly above your toes.  If you don’t believe me, try on a pair of TRUEs and see how different they feel.  That difference comes from your heels being on the same level as your toes, very near the ground.  The benefits of this are superior balance, posture, and stability. 

The lyt breathe has all of these benefits and more.  As I mentioned, this shoe weighs less than 9 ounces which is absolutely a performance advantage when you’re walking 18 holes.  As the name implies, it’s also very breathable which enhances the comfort, particularly in the heat.

My only criticism of the lyt breathe is the traction.  As you can see, the “spikes” are not very tall or sharp, so you do lose some grip compared to traditional spikes.  This is part of the trade off with the thin, flexible sole, and it’s one that I’m happy to make in all but the worst conditions.

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The TRUE Linkswear lyt breathe is light weight, supremely comfortable, and highly breathable.  It has great performance on the golf course, and the comfort will make you want to wear it off the course, too.  The only problem now is, what are you going to do with all those other shoes you already own?

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