It's been said that golf is a good walk spoiled, so what it would do to a run?
Well, now you could find out as Mizuno has created what is effectively a running shoe with spikes in the Wave Cadence golf shoe.
Mizuno has a long history in running shoes and their Wave Platform combines support and cushioning because the shape adsorbs the impact of the foot striking the ground by dispersing the energy.
The shape of the Wave sole is tailored to suit the sport and in golf it is designed to hold the foot and create lateral stability during the swing.
Certainly putting on the shoe and walking around, they felt very comfortable, much more so than your average golf shoe. Wear them on a parkland course and it will feel like you are walking around in your slippers. The insole helps here and it is removable if you wish to change it.
The Wave sole extends down into the central shank area of the sole and stiffens the chassis to reduce any twisting as you swing.
The upper is very similar in style and feel to a running shoe with a lightweight, breathable mesh with a more robust gloss toe area that Mizuno claim is water resistant enough to tolerate the odd shower or morning dew.
As you can see it comes in a couple of pretty vibrant colour options such as the lime/blue option here and a red/blue, but there is also a black and a silver option that are a little more restrained.
Wearing them in the fading twilight of evening golf and the lime version almost seemed to get brighter, which was hard not to notice at address, but could be useful if they have to send a search party out for you.
Whilst the upper is very flexible the heel area is much more structured and the rear of the shoe grips your foot well, so the Wave Cadence golf shoes are going to suit those who like a more mobile shoe.
The X10 sole features just 6 SoftSpike Tornado spikes amongst a variety of moulded grips, so the Wave Cadence has the feel of a spikeless hybrid shoe, even if it is really not.
The grip seemed decent enough from the combinaton of spikes and moulded sole so it is middle of the road in that respect. Around a parkland course it hardly picked up any grass except maybe around the spikes and the supportive grips around the spikes made it feel like a spikeless shoe on firmer surfaces.
Mizuno has used carbon rubber in certain areas of the sole, shown here in black, which is more resistant to wear for those areas of the shoe that are likely to work harder. It's difficult to tell in a few rounds if this is the case, but the thoery sounds good and the firmer black areas still have enough give in them to be comfortable.
The Wave Cadence is not the first running shoe crossover to try and find a golf market, but with their history in both sports, Mizuno has delivered one of the better versions at a decent price. The Wave sole creates a very comfortable and athletic shoe that would be ideal if you play a lot of 36 hole days of golf or even as a summer pair of shoes.
Overall there is not much to fault, so it will depend on how structured you like your golf shoes as the Wave Cadence is probably around the middle of the market for this. It's flexible, comfortable, yet supportive around the rear section so as a crossover sports shoe for golf it is one of the best out there.
The Wave Cadence will look like a running shoe at distance so you may need a fairly liberal dress code at the course you are playing, especially if you go for the lime version here, but at least you should be able to sprint off if they try and chase you off the course.