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The TRUE Linkswear TL-01 golf shoe is unbelievably light. I can’t stress “light” enough. Stylish, go-anywhere looks. Solid on-course performance.
One of the biggest “Wow” products at the 2019 PGA Show was the TRUE Linkswear TL-01. The reason for the big reaction was simple: its weight, or lack thereof.
A light shoe is great, but footwear needs to do much more to be useful on the course. I took the TL-01 to the course to see if it was more than a one trick pony.
The TL-01 is the epitome of the “golf shoe that you can wear anywhere” trend. It’s a minimalist sneaker made from full grain Napa leather. There is virtually zero branding – just the embossed TRUE logo on the tongue and the tiny “TL-01” graphic on the heel. It’s the definition of clean and classic.
How sharp are the TL-01s? My wife, who has never once commented on my footwear, complimented them multiple times. The only problem is that I don’t want to get them dirty on the course. Obviously there is a simple solution: buy a second pair.
TRUE’s TL-01 is available in three colorways: black with white sole (seen here), white with khaki sole, and grey with a matching sole.
The most notable thing about the TRUE Linkswear TL-01 is the weight. TRUE states that they weigh just 8.7 oz. For comparison, my TRUE Majors (review HERE) weigh 18.4 ounces in a size 13, and the TL-01 weigh just 10.7 ounces. This absence of weight makes walking noticeably more pleasant, on or off the course.
You might think that the light weight comes at the expense of comfort, but the TL-01 feels wonderful on your feet. Every element of the shoe is soft and supple – it practically begs to be worn sock-free. Not only is it soft, there’s EVA cushioning in the midsole that will keep your dogs from barking, even after 36.
TRUE also modified the fit in the TL-01. Historically, TRUE has made shoes that are wide, especially in the toe. The TL-01 isn’t narrow, but it does have a more conventional shape and standard width. TRUE states that the leather will mold to your foot over time, and I can confirm that after just a few wears, they feel like they’ve adapted to my foot.
When I first unboxed the TL-01, the sole caught my eye. The “spikes” are noticeably taller than those on the Major or the TRUE Knit (review HERE). This gives the TL-01 excellent traction. Also, the slightly narrower fit made my foot feel more locked in to the shoe and the turf.
Something you will feel but not see is the zero drop heel. This has been a signature of TRUE shoes – the heel is not built up like it is on traditional golf shoes. For me, this leads to a more balanced feel and a better swing. If you’re not used to this, it may feel unusual at first, but I think it’s worth the transition period to have your foot in a more natural position.
Finally, while the TL-01 is not fully waterproof, it’s more than capable of handling dew or a light drizzle. These aren’t going to be my mudding shoes, but they can handle any normal golf conditions with ease.
If you’re tired of changing shoes when you arrive at and leave the course, simplify with the TRUE Linkswear TL-01. These shoes look amazing in all situations, are light and comfortable, and they won’t let you down on the course.
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