I’ve been doing a lot of personal research for my review of the FootJoy Layering System, at locations on and off the golf course. I’ve used the individual garments of the system on their own, as well as combining any two of the three and all three together on and off the course.
Layering System Concept
“Dress in layers” is a quote you always hear as advice when trying to keep warm. The FJ Layering System is a complete set of garments which are used for every possible layer. The three primary layers are the base layer, mid layer and outer layer. I’ll describe each a bit below, as well as my experience with them.
My buddies over at the FootJoy blog have a very informative post about shoe sizing. Apparently, most of us (80%) are walking around in the wrong size shoes. They show an easy way to tell if your shoes are the right size by using your thumb to measure.
The width of your thumb, about 5/8″, should fit perfectly between the top eyelets of the FJ golf shoe. If the eyelets are not visible under your thumb, and are pulled closely together, the shoe may be too wide. If the eyelets are too far apart, the shoe may be too narrow. See the image below for an illustration.
It doesn’t suck when you get home to find a box like this waiting for you on your doorstep.
The contents are amazing. Photos and reviews coming soon.
Hard to classify golf shoes. They’re apparel, but they’re equipment too.
When FootJoy announced the end of their Classic shoe line, I knew people on suicide watch. They were stocking up, like back when Coke changed their formula. Well fear not those of you standing on the ledge, the new FootJoy Icons are worth living for.
The Icons are made from fine calfskin and full grain leather. Calfskin leather is attractive and is highly resistant to stretching. Full grain leather is breathable, durable and is highly waterproof. FootJoy is so confident in the waterproofing that they warrant it for two years.
The leather “fit bed” (what your foot rests on) morphs to the shape of your foot and provides comfort.
Last but not least in the leather department are the linings, which provide padding and more comfort.
“Memory foam” (can I get some for my brain?) in the tongue and collar of the shoe produce shaping and custom fit.
Other technologies the FJ Icons employ include the “Dual Optiflex Zones” which produce walking comfort and the “Torque Bar” (the silver dotted thing pictured right, in the bottom of the shoe between the heel and front of the foot) which increases stability and just plain looks cool.
I could go on and on with all the tech stuff but I’m going to just move to the next and most important heading…
On The Course
My Icons are so good looking I don’t even want to wear them for fear of scuffing them up or getting them dirty. But I was a trooper this past season and did manage to play about 40 rounds with them. After 40 rounds, they look the same as new when I clean them up.
I still remember the first few rounds I played with the Icons. The pros and hot players around were all drooling over my shoes. “Are those the new Icons?!?!” Yup, they are. “Ohhhhh.”
I’m not much of a “dress shoe” guy. I prefer Vans. Actually I’ll take that a step farther. I’m not much of a shoe guy. In the summer the ONLY shoes I wear are golf shoes. Other than that it is typically bare feet or sandals. Yes I have FJ sandals.
The Icons took a few rounds to really break in, and for the memory foam to gain consciousness I suppose. But after that I’ve hardly been aware that I’m wearing golf shoes. They’re molded right to my feet and comfortable. Walking a full 18 holes is no big deal. I do need to air them out though, as my feet can get sweaty. Thats a good reason to own two pairs Icons, so you can alternate them every other day. 🙂
Though I’ve typically been more of a fan of the cushier types of golf shoes like the Contour series I reviewed here, I’m thrilled with the comfort and performance of my Icons. Most surprising of all perhaps, is their durability and the way they look so great even after so many rounds.
FootJoy Web Site
FootJoy Gallery (Icon gallery inside)
MyJoy Contour Review
Today is July 22nd, 2009. I should rename it to “FootJoy Day.” Today it is all FootJoy, all the time.
I just finished telling someone how my back is so tweaked right now that I can’t even put shoes or socks on. I’m bent over like the huchback with these severe, stabbing pains in my back due to my scoliosis. I pushed the back too hard this weekend and now I’m paying the price.
A good kind of pain
So while I’m here suffering, sitting bent to the left at a 32 degree angle (the only angle which doesn’t result in extreme stabbing pain), the doorbell rings. FedEx was here to deliver my latest shiny golf toys, a pair of FootJoy Icons.
This is great. I get to “look” at these beautiful golf shoes and perhaps drool on them a bit if I can crawl across the room to them. I won’t be able to try them out for at least a few days, when my back spasms subside. When I do, I’ll be starting my evaluation and getting ready for an Icon reveiw. Stay tuned.
Until then, I hope you enjoy a couple of pics of the Icons. If you want to see a few more, I have about 10-15 in my Icon gallery too.