Comfort is key when it comes to performance golf footwear design, but so is stability. And FootJoy technicians say that was a primary consideration in the two-year development of their new XPS-1 shoe.
Start with the so-called “lateral sole outriggers,” which are extensions of the outsole so golfers have a wider platform from which they can base their swings. The feature is designed to promote stability as it also prevents slipping and any excess rollover.
In addition, the XPS-1, which stands for “Extreme Platform Stability,” boasts a lightweight fiberglass support structure that provides a medial and lateral wrap for mid-foot support and a 3D Viscoelastic GelCollar for custom fit around the collar. A LaserPlus last is contoured to match the shape of the golfer’s foot, while a multi-density Fit-Bed with EVA support and HeelLoc technology are included to enhance stability as they also promote cushioning and shock absorption.
Padraig Harrington has been wearing XPS-1s in competition since last spring and says it is the best shoe he has ever worn. Fellow touring professional Gary Woodland is a fan as well, calling XPS-1 “the most stable golf shoe” he has ever donned. He added, “Having proper footwork is critical to the game, and for me, balance is everything. With XPS-1, I can get explosive and fire off my right side.”
Company officials describe the XPS-1 as the most technical shoe FootJoy has ever made, and also one of the most comfortable, with uppers made of full-grain leather. The product comes with a two-year waterproof guarantee and is available in five color ways and style options, including one featuring the BOA closure system.