The Adidas Adicross II Golf Shoe is the successor to the original Adidas Adicross golf shoe and it features a few new upgrades.
Adidas claim that it is more flexible and certainly the shoe is soft without losing its stability. The leather upper breaks in very easily and has a quality look and feel to it. The high front edge of the sole and the suede central portion at the front of the shoe do a good job of protecting the leather from the inevitable scratches that comes with foot movements in the golf swing, particularly the back foot during the follow through.
The other main difference is the sole where Adidas has introduced a band of 'Plusflex 4 Channel' grooves across the ball of the foot that is supposed to increase flexibility. Given that this is a casual street style golf shoe then you would expect it to be flexible, but it is worth noting that this is one of the more comfortable spikeless golf shoes I have tried.
As with all these types of shoes it is the grip from the sole that defines them and the 100 traction lugs on the sole vary in size and position and actually do the job very well.
On the course the 'lugs' provide very good levels of grip in a variety of conditions from firm links courses to soft, lush parkland courses. I have even used them on a wet parkland course and the best thing was that the soles did not clog up with grass like a spiked golf shoe does.
What I like best about the Adicross II is that when you wear them off the course the sole is still flexible enough to feel like a casual shoe and not like you are walking off-course on mini-spikes. It almost feels like the lugs are adapting and grip the surface by integrating with it.
The Adidas Adicross II is a lighter golf shoe than its heavier sister Ashworth Cardiff golf shoe, but it still seems to be very well put together.
Most of these styles of shoes do not provide as much stability through the swing as a traditional golf shoe, but I would say the Adicross II was above average in this respect. Certainly I found that the sheer comfort of wearing the shoe on the course outweighed any small decrease in stability. Judging by the increasing sales of street shoes, I am not alone.
There are a variety of styles and colours and what I like most is that the adidas 3 stripes are very subtly coloured the same as the shoe which gives them a lot more off-course style. A nice touch is that whatever colour shoe you choose you get 2 sets of laces, one white and the other the same as the body colour of the shoe. This gives you more options to match your mood or your wardrobe and I think increases the appeal of the Adicross II.
The only issue I had with the sizing was that I had to go up from a medium to a wide fit from my normal Adidas shoe size and I don't have a particularly wide foot so make sure you try them on before you buy as they do seem a fraction narrower than usual.
Overall I am very pleased with the comfort, grip and all-round performance of the Adidas Adicross II golf shoe. It is also competitively priced so if you are in the market for some spikeless shoes then the Adicross II is definitely one to try.