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.
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