Getting under the skin of the golf shoes !

A pair of golf shoes travels dozens of kilometres on the fairways. Needless to say that it's important not forget to look after them because this can help extend their life!

Gilles Wallaert, Inesis product manager, 1.7 handicap, tells you everything you need to know about golf shoes and gives you his top tips...

 
 

A pair of golf shoes travels dozens of kilometres on the fairways. Needless to say that it's important not forget to look after them because this can help extend their life!

Gilles Wallaert, Inesis product manager, 1.7 handicap, tells you everything you need to know about golf shoes and gives you his top tips...

Golf shoes consist of two parts: the upper and the sole. From the heel to the toe, the upper is the entire top part of the shoe. Leather and/or synthetic material, the choice is yours!

The sole is the bottom part of the shoe. Just like the upper, it can be made ​​of leather or synthetic material. Did you know that spikes can contribute to the success of your swing? Especially if the ground is slightly slippery. Golf spikes are an integral part of the shoe, even if they can be taken off. There are two types of spikes: removable spikes and studs. To keep your shoes in top shape, each component requires special care.

My 6 tips for preserving your shoes for longer

1. Gentle cleaning

About shoes which are made from leather or synthetic material :

Do you prefer leather or synthetic shoes? It is as simple as cleaning your shoes with a sponge soaked in soapy water and a clean cloth after each round. After having rubbed the upper with the sponge, you can remove the excess water with the cloth. And your shoes will be as good as new!

Did you know? To hydrate the leather of your shoes, feel free to apply moisturising cream.

About nubuck shoes :

More delicate than leather or synthetic, nubuck uppers require special care. They can be cleaned with a soft brush to remove dust and correct the texture. Then wipe them off with a soft, damp cloth.

Did you know? Nubuck shoes are not waterproof. To prevent the fabric from being damaged by moisture, waterproof your shoes regularly.

2. Clean soles for a perfect swing

A damp cloth or towel is all you need!

Did you know? Lotions specially designed for leather can improve the suppleness and flexibility of the shoe, as well as its resistance to moisture.

3. Clean spikes in all conditions

When nature comes into play : rain, mud, dirt, etc., it can damage your spikes! To make them last longer, don't forget to take a look at your spikes after each round. Forewarned is forearmed! I recommend removing each spike using a suitable tool (golf spike wrench) before cleaning them. Using a blower or a mini compressor makes it easier to get rid of any residual particles. All you've got to do now is tighten the spikes until they lock, without using too much force so as not to damage the thread!

4. For nice dry feet!

Your shoes will dry naturally at room temperature, away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight.

5. Moisture is a thing of the past!

Borrowed from the world of cycling, "the newspaper technique", known for its absorbent properties, is also used by golfers. In the same way as shoe trees, it will limit moisture getting into your shoes.

6. Preserve the shape of your shoes

 Are about to do several kilometres on the course? It's time to get out your favourite shoes, along with a shoehorn, so you can put them on with ease and without deforming them. And the green is all yours!

 

 

As a bonus, discover the best of our practical tips!

- For optimal ventilation of your shoes, take out the laces and open the shoes wide.

- If you play golf regularly, it is best to alternate between two pairs of shoes. This way, you can leave one pair to dry while the second walks the fairways.

- Do your laces often come undone? Spray them with a little cold water before tying them.

Your shoes have still got plenty of life left in them!

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