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T&T: VIVOBAREFOOT Hybrid golf shoes
by Carly Cummins
December 20, 2011

You may remember that a few weeks ago I showed you a sneak peek of a revolutionary new golf shoe that can be worn without socks - the VIVOBAREFOOT Hybrid. Well I couldn't wait to try out this shoe sockless and there was no better opportunity than in the Moroccan heat last week, a country where I would really feel the benefit of not having to wear socks. The verdict? Amazing! These are without doubt the most comfortable golf shoes I've ever worn. They are incredibly lightweight and soft on the foot, with no harsh pressure points. The lacing system pulls the shoe in nice and tight so that you feel like it envelops your whole foot. The shoes' developers claim it will improve your swing control and balance on the golf course (or Proprioception as they call it, which is the ability for your body to sense the forces acting on it) however I actually found the opposite. Because balance is poor in my swing anyway, wearing a less structured shoe meant that my lazy footwork was very evident and I easily spun out of shots. But that's definitely a part of my swing and technique I'm going to have to work on this winter.

My only criticism is that they're not massively stylish. I'd like to see a couple of more feminine colours on offer. At £100 a pair the Hybrid isn't cheap, but if you want a really comfortable shoe you won't be disappointed. Your feet will literally feel like they are treading on soft feathers as you walk down the fairway. Available in ladies sizes 3-8, www.vivobarefoot.com








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