SQAIRZ Shoes – Official MGS Forum Review by Edward Urbany
Hello everyone, I grew up playing golf as kid but never invested but time in practicing or learning about the game. As I got older, I decided to focus on my game and hit a few buckets of balls to try and improve myself. Unfortunately, due to injuries and work I had been away from the game for the past 5 years, before retuning full force this past summer. I’m your average15 handicap golfer that struggles with consistent ball striking. I’m right-handed with a three-quarter swing and an aggressive tempo. I depend heavily on my hips and legs to generate the majority of my power. During a recent full bag fitting my driver club speed averaged around 105 mph. I have a nature draw shot, with my misses being a straight push to the right. My current shoe is the Under Armour HOVR Matchplay. I chose this shoe because of the price ($98) and I really enjoy the style. In the past I’ve never given much thought to how a shoe preformed or how it could improve the performance of my game.
The first word I thought of after opening the box and holding the shoes for the first time was “Solid”. I enjoyed the feel and weight of the shoe. I was impressed with the craftsmanship of the shoe and some of the small details they’ve thought of. As insignificant as shoe laces can be, their “Sta-put” laces are fantastic. Every time I tie my shoes, I think about how awesome of an addition it was. Items I was skeptical about are their “Patent pending Torque Generation System (TGS) outsole for superior ground connection to maximize torque, swing speed, and distance”, and “Patented SQAIRZ® toe allows the toes to spread and sit naturally in the shoes which enables the feet to experience full range of motion, unparalleled comfort, and feel for the ground”.
Looks (6 out of 10 points)
The overall look of the shoe is great but the squared toe, for me, is distracting. At address my eye would be drawn to the toe of the show. If you are a player that needs help with alignment, the squired toe could provide assistance. The color combos and general layout is fine. The build quality and materials are above average. The design pattern and styling do feel stuck between a modern traditional shoe and a dated modern shoe. These would not be a shoe I would buy if style was an important decision point. I do feel Sqairz met the mark of their “Patented SQAIRZ® toe” claim and it does allow the toes to spread and sit naturally, but the squared off toe feels gimmicky.
Fit and Comfort (10 out of 10 points)
The Fit and Comfort exceeded my expectations. I have a semi-flat foot, and after years of active-duty military service my feet have taken a beating. I typically wear a 9.5E (wide) shoe and these fit perfectly. They are offered in sizes 7-13 but only one width. If you are an individual in need a wide toe box, this is your shoe. There is enough room inside for a thicker sock on cold days.
Basic Features (15 out of 20 points)
Below are the highlighted features by Sqairz, and I feel it’s important to address each of them.
Patented SQAIRZ® toe allows the toes to spread and sit naturally in the shoes which enables the feet to experience full range of motion, unparalleled comfort, and feel for the ground
They feel fantastic and live up to their claim. My foot never felt bunched or stressed during play or walking around on un even surfaces.
Symmetrical wider base in the forefoot area for greater stability and balance
I did feel I had a more stable stance and a solid connection with the ground. It’s hard to say if its due to the wide sole or the shoe weight.
Patent pending Torque Generation System (TGS) outsole for superior ground connection to maximize torque, swing speed, and distance
I’ve not noticed an increase in swing speed, but I have noticed an increase in distance. I do feel more stable and feel I made more consistent swings.
Six replaceable Pivix Softspikes® strategically placed under pressure point areas where the greatest amount of traction is required, supported by a series of computer-generated traction lugs
These do feel like spikeless golf shoes when walking around on hard surfaces. The spikes were easy to remove with a standard tool.
Custom (removable) cushioned insole with added compression in the regional pressure point areas
Basic design but does allow for custom insoles to be worn if needed.
EVA foam midsole for maximum responsive cushioning
Feel is fit if fantastic, you never feel the shoe flex but maintains a soft feel.
“Sta-put” laces comfortably forms the shoe to the top of your foot and locks it in place without having to adjust or re-tie the lace during the round\
One of the underrated aspects of design with this shoe. I love the design and implementation.
On-Course / LM Performance (25 out of 30 points)
During my performance test of this shoe, I can say that it out performed my current shoe in low traction situations. I did not see any performance gains during indoor sessions. My indoor numbers on SkyTrax were +/- 1 MPH. An area I do have a concern with is the weight of the shoe. These shoes are comfortable but heavy, and after walking 18 holes I can say my legs felt noticeability heavier. If you only ride then the weight shouldn’t be an issue.
Miscellaneous (10 out of 10 points)
The packaging a presentation of the shoe was great. My iteration with the company is top notch and easy to see why
Play it or Trade it? (15 out of 20 points)
Play it “If” you are a cart rider.
I’m someone that enjoys walking a round or two a week and they are just too heavy for me. The price is inline with other manufactures but Sqairz is lacking some of the styling other companies are offering.
Sqairz is a small company based out of New Hampshire, trying to makes their way in a crowded shoe market. They have done a lot right with this shoe. The feel and comfort are complete. They live up to their stability and comfort claims. The styling can be improved and this is a perfect shoe for golfers that prefer to ride.
Final Score: (81 out of 100 points)