Nike Golf is trying to push the boundaries of a spikeless golf shoe. They’re replacing the nubs that have been the calling card of the hybrid-style shoe with a technology they call Articulated Integration Traction, and it’s debuting in the Nike Flyknit Elite golf shoes.
The idea behind Articulated Integration Traction is to decouple the traction patterns that have typically connected the medial heel and the forefront of the foot. Rather than delivering traction with spikes, shark-tooth-looking pieces of the TPU sole provide the traction while channels help keep the feet low to the ground.
The Flyknit Elite has Lunarlon midsole cushioning and the one-piece Flyknit upper — Nike’s first shoe with Flyknit built specifically for golf, keeping the foot in place through the swing — is styled with a unique look that’s bold. The mid-height collar is designed to keep debris from getting in the shoe, while a TPU skin protects the upper’s edges from letting dew or other liquid penetrate the shoe.
The Nike Flyknit Elite golf shoes will be available June 16 at retail in two colorways (pure platinum/cool grey and black/clear jade) for $270