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I am always looking for alternative brands that golfers should be aware of. In the shoes category, it is difficult for golfers to go too far away from the big brands that occupy the most marketing bandwidth.
In this review I will emphasize newcomer Tomo Golf. They recently introduced a spikeless golf shoe that is designed to be worn on and off the course. Tomo is working on a growing trend with his design, which is anything but traditional. After wearing the shoe for a few months, there are several things that I like, and a few functions that I think golfers should be aware of.
The Good Stuff
The Tomo Volume 1 invoices itself as lightweight, breathable, comfortable and a shoe that fits into all parts of your life. I was first taken over by their design, which is very similar to Allbirds (a hugely successful casual brand). It's simple and when you first see the shoe, you don't think golf. I have become a fan of this category, because my TRUE Linkswear Knits have become a go-to during the spring and summer months.
I think golfers who don't want a traditional shoe will dig it. For testing purposes I could only get the sand color, which was my second preference behind the stone (which was sold out at the time).
Tomo Shoes in Stone
Aside from the appearance, I think my favorite feature is the sole. You get a very comfortable walk and I believe this is their strongest feature. Tomo has also done an excellent job of providing sufficient grip with the sole that will satisfy golfers who are used to a nailless design.
Moreover, they are very light and breathable, so you don't feel like walking around with a heavy clunker. There is a lot of air circulation. With a price of $ 95, Tomo shoes won't break the bank and I think the added value is that you can wear them in your daily life. Even if you don't wear them for golf, they are a nice casual shoe for the warmer months.
Things to be aware of
My biggest complaint about the Tomo shoes is their size. Normally I am a size 10 in most brands, and I usually find most shoes too tight (I have wider feet). I thought their size 10 was too large in length. Surprisingly, the site says they are full-size and recommends sorting by size if you are in between.
I would recommend the opposite based on the couple I had. If I had a 9.5, it would probably have solved some minor problems that I had with my foot in the heel. According to their site, they accept exchanges or returns if you are not satisfied with your dimensions. Unfortunately, this is always the risk with direct-to-consumer brands, and I don't think it's a specific issue for them. Many other golf companies have different dimensioning problems.
Another thing to be aware of is that these shoes do not offer much support in terms of your swing, which should not come as a surprise based on how they look. Although the soles are very comfortable and work well with traction, the material of the shoe is very light weight, so I would not expect much stability during this swing. For some players that is not a big problem, but for others it can be a dealbreaker.
I will use these shoes more while I practice and in loose situations instead of a typical round of golf.
If you are looking for a lightweight, comfortable, casual style golf shoe, Tomo is a good choice. They may not suit the needs of every golfer on the course, but I really like the design and also see them as a casual shoe. This category is becoming more popular and I think they can fit nicely into it.
Apart from the format problem that I had, I think they have done an excellent job with the design and comfort functions. I also think you get a lot of value at $ 95 because they can be worn on and off the track.
You can find out more about Tomo Golf on their website.