Minimalist Shoe, Maximum Comfort

Officials at True Linkswear describe themselves as the only shoe brand in golf entirely dedicated to spikeless, minimalist footwear. And they believe the recent release of several new models further solidifies its position in that realm. Start with the True Sensei, which first garnered media attention last October when company co-founder and touring professional Ryan Moore won his second PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas, wearing a pair of them the same day another True co-founder, Rob Rigg, finished the Portland Marathon with Senseis on his feet. “Winning a PGA Tour event the same day that Rob ran that marathon took the brand to a whole new level,” says Moore. “It really spoke to the comfort and versatility of the shoes.” According to Rigg, True was the first company to build a golf shoe on a so-called barefoot platform. By removing the midsole and providing a wider toe box, he explains, the foot is designed to function more naturally throughout the stride or swing. The Proto, which Moore also wears in competition, employs the same sort of barefoot platform as the Sensei. Unlike that model, which features a breathable mesh upper similar to those found on modern running shoes, the Proto boasts a premium waterproof leather upper. It also employs a mid-foot stability wrap, an antimicrobial liner and a memory foam heel to give it greater stability and a better fit. In addition, the shoe comes with the same, ultra-thin rubber outsole as the Sensei, considered the thinnest in golf, and is also available in five color combinations. Then, there is the Chukka, which is most notable for the two dark colors in which it comes – black/mud and brown/ mud – as well as a mid-top height upper for additional protection from the elements. Like the Proto, it features a premium waterproof leather upper and a mid-foot stability wrap. It also comes with a Ninja outsole, which is similar to True’s previous Ergo-Traction 2.0 platform but has added feel and flexibility along with a more technical spike pattern.


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