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Product Review: 2013 Nike FI Impact Golf Shoes

Want to know what are some of my favorite golf shoes of 2013? It’s a golf shoe that doesn’t even look like a golf shoe and more like a pair of sweet cross trainers coming in four different colorways. They are the Nike FI Impact golf shoes, and I not only wear them on the course but to work or out and about like ordinary shoes with more grip. (BTW, These are great for trail running when you need extra traction on unpaved surfaces.)

nike FL impact golf shoes

Look 8/10

Out of the four colorways, my favorite is the Military Blue/White-Venom Green-Black (pictured above). The four colors are Black/Metallic Silver; Light Base Grey/Black; Military Blue/White; MD Base Grey/Team Orange. Also starting January 1st 2014 Black/Venom Green will be available.

These shoes look great if your teeing off at your favorite course or heading out on errands around town. If you are currently a fan of the Nike Free athletic shoes then these will be right in your wheel house and a great addition to your golf collection. I give the overall look of the Nike FI Impact golf shoes an 8/10.

Comfort 9/10

The Nike Free shoe collection is some of the most comfortable shoes on the market. Nike has taken the technology of a super light shoe and introduced it to their golf collection. The Dynamic Fit system in these shoes cradles your foot for an adaptive, glove-like fit. This technology, along with the free outsole, will give you more flexibility to help transfer more power into your golf shots giving you better distance on the course.  I have walked a handful of rounds wearing these shoes and have had no problems or feelings of discomfort.

If you are looking for an extremely comfortable golf shoe without the old school saddle-like look then look no further than the Nike FI Impact golf shoes. I give the overall comfort rating an 9/10

Grip 8/10

At first glance you might not think these shoes would give you any traction without the typical golf spikes found on the bottom of golf shoes but don’t let the FI Impact’s fool you. The integrated traction provides maximum stability and grip even on the wettest of days on the course. I had absolutely no problem with grip with these shoes with zero slippage incidents. They will help you create that strong base you are looking for when setting up to crush a ball and swing out of your shoes. I give the overall grip rating an 8/10.

Overall Grade 25/30

So if you think its time to find a better golf shoe this fall and are looking for an athletic-type shoe that will give you great comfort, grip and a variety of great colorways then make sure to stop by your local golf shop and give them a try yourself. Also available now on Nike Golf  for $130.


Developed with insights from elite golfer Suzann Pettersen, the Nike FI Impact Men’s Golf Shoe features a flexible Nike Free-inspired outsole to unleash the full power of your swing.


The Nike Free-inspired outsole is designed to mimic and conform to the natural movement of your foot. It offers increased flexibility and full athletic motion by allowing you to keep contact with the ground longer, better harnessing the energy of the foot to the shoe and, therefore, the shoe to the ground. The result is more control and power with every shot.

Dynamic Fit

The Dynamic Fit system cradles your foot for an adaptive, glove-like fit. It consists of soft fingers that wrap underneath the arch and integrate with the laces, delivering great lockdown and support that moves with you.

Integrated Traction

Integrated traction provides low-profile stability, maximum ground feel and comfort.

Product Details

  • Waterproof ripstop mesh upper with TPU overlays for breathable comfort and durability

Nike FI Impact Origins

Suzann Petterson teamed up with Nike to develop the first Nike Free-inspired golf shoe for women, incorporating technology from the innovative Nike TW ’13. A longtime advocate of traditionally spiked shoes, Petterson quickly realised she could harness as much power without the removable spikes. “After I tried them once, I was dying to get them on my feet in competition,” expressed Petterson. “I can really feel the ground and the increase in power through my swing.”

Nike Free Origins

After learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university’s golf course, three of Nike’s most innovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure-measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion.

The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running. The results yielded a profound understanding of the foot’s natural landing angle, pressure and toe position, allowing Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible running shoe from the inside out.

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