A sporty athletic golf shoe providing excellent on-course traction and lasting comfort. Versatile enough to wear off course, fully waterproof, easy to maintain and available in a range of fits and foot profiles.
- Outstanding grip and traction for a spikeless shoe
- Vibrant colour bursts are modern and stylish
- Wipe clean, easy to maintain synthetic uppers
- Uppers feel thin and hard wearing
- Light on padding
- Hard feeling underfoot
REVIEW – FOOTJOY FUEL GOLF SHOE
If you’re looking for a lightweight athletic golf shoe to take on a golf trip or wear through the Summer months, the FootJoy Fuel golf shoe is worth your consideration.
FootJoy has an outstanding reputation for making elegant traditional golf shoes that are also durable and equipped to handle any conditions, think Classics, DryJoys and the more recent Premiere Series.
In recent years, FootJoy has been injecting athleticism into its golf shoe design and the FootJoy Fuel epitomises this new trend of lightweight, sporty and easy-wearing shoes.
Straight from the box, I like the combination of classic FJ shaping with a clean white upper and accent bursts of colour and branding. It’s both understated and modern. Sporty without appearing space-age and equally attractive to young and old.
We tested the FootJoy Fuel golf shoe over two rounds at The Wynyard Club, as well as off-course – in the clubhouse, at home and on the driving range.
The FootJoy Fuel shoes are wearable straight from the box, without noticeable discomfort. I wouldn’t describe it as instant comfort but then few brand new golf shoes, with the exception of highly cushioned trainer-cross models, offer out-of-the-box slipper-like satisfaction.
The Fuel lacing system is a real plus point, intricate, detailed and highly practical. The shoe wraps the upper of the foot beautifully and the tongue is packed with soft padding. The back collar of the shoe is high and lined with a beautiful silver grey that matches the rear side FootJoy branding. It’s touches like these that make the Fuel stand out and impress with subtlety and elegance.
Well maintained shoes last and the Fuel has clean synthetic waterproof uppers that are easy to wipe down and keep looking as new. There is little room for water to penetrate the shoe and the front and side dimple perforation design adds style to an otherwise plain upper.
The toe box of the Fuel feels like a compromise between a wide fit and a regular and there’s ample room if you have a wide foot. For golfers with high arches or broad feet requiring a wide fit, FootJoy offers one of the most advanced shoe-fitting systems in the game of golf.
Using bio-mechanical analysis and pressure sensors, FootJoy is able to determine not only the size and shape of your feet but the most suitable matches from within its range.
The Fuel is undeniably athletic and its design is intended to offer greater “toe spring,” or drive from the ground up when striking the ball. I found the fit and feel of the Fuel to be quite firm, almost hard underfoot.
The upper also lacks padding, so if you are someone who demands a high degree of padding and support under and around your foot, Fuel may not be the best option for you.
The patented Stability Bridge does deliver mid-foot support and great traction during the swing. Hitting driver repeatedly on the range, I had no issue keeping balance and at no point in on course testing did we experience the dreaded foot slip mid-swing.
The Stratolite foam midsole feels lightweight, thin and after 27 holes in one day, I could feel my feet starting to tire and feel sore. The thinner in-sole would suit a sock with cushioning and support as opposed to a thin cotton sock, in order to counteract the harder feel.
The FootJoy Fuel comes with a one-year waterproof warranty and an RRP of £134.99 and will certainly appeal to new, fashion conscious entrants to the game. It’s a solid, sporty all rounder that looks great, grips well and has the flexibility to be worn on and off-course in golf settings. It doesn’t have the versatility of a hybrid golf shoe or a spikeless golf trainer, when it comes to wearing it to lunch, dinner or driving your car.
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