Nike TW ’15 Golf Shoe
Not so long ago Tiger Woods wore some of the heaviest and most traditional-looking golf shoes on the course. But after knee and achilles injuries, not to mention back surgery, Woods sensibly decided to take his footwear a little more seriously. Alongside Nike he helped develop a prototype athletic-styled golf shoe back in 2011 and was even happy to put his name on the best in the business. This trend continues with Nike’s newest version, the Nike TW ’15 Golf Shoe which features Nike’s innovative Flyweave technology.
Since the first TW in 2011, each iteration of the TW-series has featured a Nike Free-inspired outsole and consistently raised the bar for what athletes should expect from a golf shoe. The TW ’15 is 10-percent lighter than previous models and Nike believe they’ve raised the bar again with this latest incarnation by integrating Dynamic Flywire into a Flyweave upper.
The Flyweave technology gives the shoe increased stability through construction in the upper that let designer Tobie Hatfield, Nike Senior Director of Athlete Innovation, selectively stabilise sections of the upper that are stressed the most during the golf swing.
“Tiger epitomises power,” Hatfield says. “His power starts with natural motion, which begins with unleashing the foot from the ground up. Flyweave gives you that flexibility coupled with support.”
Combined with four replacement spikes, Hatfield utilises Integrated Traction in the toe area of the shoe to offer more flexibility to help Woods harness the full power of his swing without sacrificing traction.
More of Hatfield’s aesthetic design inspiration was, rather randomly, based on Woods’ personal love of diving and spearfishing! The traction elements in the toe are shaped like octopus beaks, while the rubber in the tip and heel are inspired by shark scales.
A limited number of the Nike TW ’15 shoes are available now on nike.com but when they’re all gone you’ll be able to pre-order the Nike TW ’15s for a 5th March official release. They come in three colourways: University Red/Black, Metallic Silver/Black and our favourite, Black/White The TW ’15 shoes will set you back around £159.