You may have noticed something different on the feet of Nike Golf athletes at this year’s Masters. And that would be their Lunar Control shoes, which several of them began wearing in competition last fall – and which have only recently become available at retail.
The shoes were designed in collaboration with Paul Casey, who Nike Golf engineers describe affectionately as a “shoe dog” due to his intense interest in footwear. They built them to combine stability and comfort in a lightweight format that utilizes several materials and construction technologies initially developed for Nike running shoes in its so-called Innovation Kitchen in Oregon.
One of those materials is a dual-density lunarlon foam, which is used in a cushioning system with a phylon chassis to provide the stability, underfoot comfort and ground feel that Nike technicians say were essentials to golfers. Another is a stability layer that employs Nike Flywire technology, which is designed to promote targeted support with an ultra-strong, yet ultra-lightweight, construction of high-tensile fibers. Combined with a TPU overlay it provides a supportive, mid-foot fit that won’t stretch out over time.
The Nike Lunar Control also has a full-grain leather upper with hydrophobic treatment that repels water, features a two-year limited waterproof warranty and comes with Scorpion Stinger spikes.
“What we are trying to do here is bring together the best of our golf-specific technologies with support and comfort,” says Lee Walker, product marketing director for footwear at Nike. “And to do so with a shoe that is as lightweight as it is stable.”
Colors are also important with this product, and the Lunar Control comes in four combinations: white/black-metallic pewter; black/metallic silver-black; white/metallic silver-volt-black; and white/black-varsity red.
In addition, Nike built Lunar Controls with a green colorway for its athletes to wear during the Masters last week. And they also began offering that special edition shoe to consumers with a limited offering through nikestore.com beginning April 7.