Coming from a background of one of the biggest shoe companies in the USA, Skechers are quietly making inroads into golf as I discovered when I interviewed CEO Rick Higgins earlier this year.
Their tour players such as Matt Kuchar wear the Go Golf Pro and Skechers wanted to create a spikeless version and so the Go Golf Elite was born.
It features the same soft leather upper as the Go Golf Pro, which needs no breaking in and offers a decent level of waterproofing as well.
Despite this it still feels robust and supportive and the reasonably wide forefoot should mean that this is a style that should suit most feet. The tongue covers quite a wide U-shaped lacing area and is reasonably well padded.
You sense that everything about the Skechers Go Golf Elite is focussed on comfort and the removable Resamax insole works with the base of the shoe to provide good shock absorption as you walk.
Unlike most of their other shoes, the Elite features a low drop design with hardly any fall in height between heel and forefoot. This is said to promote a natural foot position along the lines of natural motion shoes, but you may want to try before you buy if you have feet that work unnaturally.
The spikeless TPU sole features what Skechers call GOimpulse sensors that are the plus shaped grips, similar to other tried and tested spikeless shoe designs. These are varying sizes and do a good job of providing grip on grass and comfort on firmer surfaces.
There is some carbon fibre pattern synthetic material on the heel to round of the stylish look and also provide a little protection if you are one of those people who use the front of one shoe to prise off the other.
Whilst it is spikeless, the Go Golf Elite is more of a dedicated golf shoe than a on/off course street shoe. As a result it has a little more lateral support than a street shoe and combined with a light weight, plenty of comfort and a competitive price, it is worth stepping out with this new entrant to the UK golf market.