TRUE Linkswear Original Golf Shoe Review

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The TRUE Linkswear Original golf shoe is a throwback to the look and feel of their first shoe.  Fans of the brand will love it, and new converts will be made.

Introduction

When TRUE Linkswear launched in 2009, it created a revolution in golf footwear.  Their shoes didn’t look like any others, but, more importantly, they didn’t feel like any others.  The unmatched comfort created a cult following.

Unfortunately, in an effort to evolve, TRUE got away from that original  recipe.  Their shoes were still good, but they became a little more like everyone else’s, and, thus, a little less interesting.

Eight years later, TRUE has dropped the TRUE Original, a shoe that recalls that first model in every way.  Is it the shoe they needed to re-ignite the brand’s fire?

Looks

Getting back to the roots of TRUE starts with the look.  The more recent models went away from the minimalist approach, but the True Original nails it.

The branding is limited to the tongue and an embossed “TRUE” on the side of the heel.  TRUE is offering the Original in three colorways: grey/navy, black, and white.  Each version has clean lines with the sock liner creating some visual interest around the ankle.  The full grain leather keeps the look premium.

Comfort

I barely got my foot halfway into the TRUE Original before realizing how familiar and wonderful it felt.  That initial burst of comfort comes from the sock liner.  It’s soft and cushioned but not so thick that you lose your connection to the ground.

Once your foot is all the way in, you can’t help but notice TRUE’s trademark toe box.  The extra width feels amazing, even if you don’t have particularly wide feet.

Finally, when you start walking around you realize how light the Originals are.  For those that believe 18 holes is never enough, light weight shoes are a big deal.

Performance

The main reason to wear the TRUE Original is the flexibility of the sole and the way it connects you to the ground.  No other golf shoe allows you to move as naturally.  Because the sole is so flexible, more of your foot stays in contact with the turf.  That creates a ton of traction, even with a sole that doesn’t look aggressively spiked.

TRUE makes wearing the Original in all weather possible through excellent waterproofing.  The full grain leather outer and the liner are guaranteed waterproof for two years.

The only caveat I would offer about the TRUE Original is that they may take some getting used to.  If you typically wear structured, rigid shoes, you’re going to be using muscles in your feet that you haven’t used before.  I think that adjustment period is worth it for the sake of performance and the health of your feet.

Conclusion

TRUE Linkswear has gotten back to their roots, and I couldn’t be happier.  The TRUE Original is everything that TRUE loyalists loved about the original shoes: incomparable comfort and unparalleled connection to the ground.

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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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8 Comments

  1. Thank you for the great article. Will you do a review of the outsider model too?

  2. Tomas Ramm-Schmidt

    Hi Matt,
    How do you find these run size wise with the toe box being wider. Do you wear the same size in these as for your other (golf) shoes?

    /tomas

    • Matt Saternus

      Tomas,

      I wear a 14 in TRUE, which is my normal size for most brands like Nike. I do wear a 13 in FootJoy and other brands that run larger. I hope that helps.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Rick Talley

    Sweet! Still have my original pair, that are beat to death. I always felt these shoes actually helped my game; looking forward to a new pair!

  4. I wear an orthotic insert for flat feet. Would they work in a shoe like this?

    • Matt Saternus

      Frank,

      Certainly. I’m not a food doctor, so I can’t speak to how a natural motion shoe would interact with your particular orthotic, but I have fairly flat feet and I wear natural motion shoes almost exclusively.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Angel Luis Matos

    I’ve been a fan of the True Links Original for years. When they reappeared I realized they hadn’t missed a step. My last round I was in a hurry to go play & when I got to the course I still had my running shoes on. (a 200 dollar pair of Mizuno’s) My feet hurt at the end of the round.

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