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Final Reviews: Inesis Waterproof Grip Golf Shoes

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Equipment Type: Golf shoe
Vendor: Inesis

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Inesis is a brand that has made a bit of a splash in recent Most Wanted testing. This is especially true of their shoes, which earned "Best Value" spikeless shoe in both 2019 and in 2021—and was rated the most comfortable shoe in 2019.

We've got four Forum members who'll be testing Inesis's Waterproof Grip golf shoes.

@analyticandrew

 

@Curtis Atkinson

@EasyPutter

@MattF

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Fit and Comfort
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On-Course Performance
Miscellaneous
Wear Them or Trade Them?

DECATHLON INESIS WATERPROOF GRIP golf shoe – Official MGS Forum Review by EasyPutter

 

Intro

Golf is my favorite thing, favorite thought, favorite conversation and favorite pastime.  I do not take golf seriously but I am serious about having fun with golf.  I look for good equipment at a good price for value that’s made well and durable to last a long while when treated well.  

I walk when I am playing with others who ride carts.  I don’t have a driver in my bag because I cannot twist much and have a low clubhead speed with a furthest ball carry of just under 200 yards.  My short game is my strength and my go-to pitch and chip club is my 7 iron.  I regularly get to within feet of the cup for a real chance at my favorite scorecard entry, a one putt.  And my putter with perfect heel/toe balance only needs one good stroke to drop it in the cup. 

I was wearing sneakers when I started golfing 10 years ago.  FJs with replaceable cleats were my first golf shoes, then Adidas without cleats.  I just got my second pair of FJs with cleats when I was selected for this test.  When I shop for shoes I look at price first, appearance second, and then fit.  All 3 of those things are on the positive scale with these Decathlon Inesis shoes.

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First Impressions

First a disclaimer: Many statements in this review sound over the top.  So much so that I expect to get criticism from anyone not reading the whole review.  Because I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience, I have been actively looking for any reason to not be so positive but, despite my best efforts, I have yet to find one. I had no previous knowledge of Decathlon or their shoes and started this test with no bias.

Now on with the review...

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Out of the box, the Decathlon Inesis shoes had immediate appeal with traditional styling, white and dark brown uppers, a glowing translucent sole, and laces that looked like thick spaghetti with the word INESIS easily read in the aglets.  We were cautioned to specify size for ordering a whole size larger than usual.  I wear a US 9.5 mens and ordered a 10.5 with trepidation being a size I have never worn before.  What arrived was the right size for fit though the toe box feels roomy and tying the laces did not reduce that spacious feel but through use I found it to be exceedingly comfortable.  The tongue has no gaps and it has a strange tapered edge shaped to fit well around the ankle.  

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Stepping into the shoes for the first time (and every time since) is an amazing experience of feel and comfort. As soon as my foot was in properly it was as if the shoe was form fit to my specifications, which gave an unusual roomy feeling making me expect sliding and slipping that would cause blisters or some other mishap.  The laces were neatly tied and tucked into a formed cardboard insert that preserved the shape of the shoe should anything crush the box.  Unlacing to remove them and lacing for wear is absolutely necessary because they are form fitting on my feet.  The laces themselves feel somewhat spongy and flexible that when tied feel secure.  I am a diehard double knot user and I did not try to wear them without a double knot to see if they would come loose, but those double knots were always easy to tie and untie even when the laces were wet.  

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What I hoped to get from the experience was a comfortable shoe that gripped all playing surfaces well and rarely attracted my attention to them. For me that means comfortably standing for hours like yesterday when we played 18 in the rain with nobody behind us, it took 5 hours and between 7 to 8 miles changing into and out of them in the parking lot. 

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(Standing in an inch of water on a waterlogged tee box.)

The way I tested these Inesis shoes was by wearing them instead of any other shoe doing anything related to golf from the day I received them until yesterday for a full month of testing.  I resorted to walking through water and mud instead of going around, pushing my clubs in my push cart even on a discount voucher with cart, and drawing attention to the shoes and inviting comments from others around me (and some of them were introduced to MyGolfSpy in the telling).

Looks (10 out of 10 points) 

The shoes look good in all the offered colors and being somewhat a traditionalist I like the two tone white brown look of the Snowy White option on the Decathlon website https://www.decathlon.com/collections/all-golf-shoes/products/mens-golf-shoes-waterproof-grip? or  “White/Black” on the packing slip. Compared to my playing partner's shoes, it fits right in with that color scheme.  The sole colors are matched to the uppers and different for each shoe color.  The nature of the sole material is translucent so the colored sections of the grip part appear to glow.  Everything is flexible in a pliable firm way, it does not appear cheaply made in any way.

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(I am standing on the right in the lime green shirt wearing my Decathlon Inesis shoes.)

The larger white upper compared to their shoes to me makes sense considering it is intended to be waterproof and a continuous unbroken upper lends itself to fewer seams and places where water might find a way inside.  Only when attention was drawn to them, usually by me explaining the MGS test and asking for opinion, did people actually look at them because they compliment both traditional and modern golf apparel.

So as appealing as it is, Looks gets 10 points because even now I am trying to find fault with anything and failing. 

 

Fit and Comfort (9 out of 10 points) 

The shoe fits much better than I had expected putting a size 10.5 shoe on a size 9.5 foot, but true to what was said the sizes are small and ordering a size larger is best. That is confirmed in my wearing, however it is different in each of the 3 parts of the foot, toe, arch, and heel.  

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The shoe feels roomy in the toe and I was concerned at first that it had too much room for the ball, toes and forward part of the foot. I have decided it is just the way the shoe fits and I have not had any issues with that roomy feeling.  The arch is snug and tying laces tighter is not helpful for reducing the previously mentioned roominess so I laced them as I do every other shoe and with that there is no more to say.  The heel fits right the instant heel meets insole.  The heel collar is so well designed for my foot I never developed a hot spot regardless of the day’s temperature, the sock I was wearing (footie or athletic), or the terrain traversed.

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Sizing is available from 6.5 to 13.5 but the site seems to be out of some sizes depending on colors, that I think are shipped when produced.  Currently they are available in a single width.  

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(Looks good with long trousers as with shorts.  Never tried with a kilt.)

If I could make any change to this shoe it would be to reduce the roominess of the front part of the shoe which I hesitate to say because it actually works so well for me, it like me is somewhat untraditional so how can that be bad?!

So considering all that Fit and Comfort gets 9 points because 10 is perfect and I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop (yes an intended metaphor).

 

Basic Features (19 out of 20 points)

This shoe is intended to be all about waterproofing and traction.

 

Waterproofing -

With all the dry weather it was a challenge to test the waterproofing.  I was like the little boy attracted to the puddles, usually at the sprinkler heads, but if it was water and I could walk through it I did and with dry socks in my golf bag I did not hesitate to splash and kick the water and keep stepping to find the deepest spot.  My socks didn’t even wick the water into the shoes as best as I could determine.  

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(Muddy hole created by the sprinkler head in a fairway.)

My feet felt dry and cool regardless of the day’s weather or the puddles I walked through and this week it was finally wet enough for a good waterproof test.  Walking through puddles included steps I was sure would give me a “hot foot” with water up to the top of the laces.  Maybe there was an ingress due to sock wicking but I could not find wetness in the sock changing shoes that time 3 holes and 40 minutes later.  My feet did feel cooler from the immersion in the water but it was the temperature of the shoe not the chill of a wet sock.

Each time the shoes got wet, they dried off quickly and walking spilled any pooled water there was on the tongue.  Even the mud didn’t stay on very well and in a month of testing I only wiped the uppers clean twice.  

 

Traction -

The design of the sole facing is remarkable for its simplicity and how well it works.  Walking I found it excels at grip on natural surfaces like grass, dirt, sand and even mulch.  Regardless of slope and wetness these shoes grip like they are nailed in but they are very easy to walk in without any kind of resistance to lifting the foot for the next step.  This also applies to grated and rough surfaces made of metal, artificial grass, carpets and grip tape. 

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(After the first wear with asphalt darkening the "Spikeless Spikes" as I call them.)

On smooth surfaces like wood, rubber, metal, and wet concrete and asphalt traction is not so good to be less traction than regular sneakers that have greater surface contact area. That said keeping in mind the traction is like walking on a thin layer of freshly fallen snow, even crossing linoleum and tiles is easily done, again mindful not to be too aggressive with walking and changing directions.

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(Footprint in sand.  I lifted one foot and noticed the pattern, notable for how undisturbed the surrounding sand was when the shoe was lifted.  Made raking seem like it left more of a mess than the footsteps did.)

One course played has a steep rise up to the tee I use.  The paved cart path has the same incline as the grass and as, I pushed my cart up the cart path I could feel traction become less certain so I moved laterally a few feet onto the grass and that was like a switch was flipped to SUPER TRACTION.  After that round I had a next golf activity a couple hours drive away and I chose to not change shoes for the drive.  It was a pleasant surprise at how easy driving was with these shoes.  It also meant I did not have to change shoes in order to drive and then change back upon arrival.

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(Left and Right shoe soles after 6 rounds of golfing, see if you can spot a sign of wear, a hint is the same part is worn off on both shoes.  Checking yesterday after 14 rounds of golf and such, nothing more was noted.)

The “spikeless spikes” as I have called them are molded into the sole and are not interchangeable.  I have not noticed any significant wear on them after 14 golfing adventures that included a mixture of 9 and 18 hole rounds where I purposely walked different surfaces to see when I would notice wear on these extended traction enhancers.  There was also a few golf clinics that included a few holes of play and I walked while others rode carts.

As Waterproofing and Traction are the main selling features of this shoe I give the Basic Features a score of 19 out of 20 because of the difficulty with the brake pedal parking brake mechanism when wearing this shoe compared to how I don't remember having that problem with cleated shoes before.

 

On-Course / LM Performance (25 out of 30 points)

Being the kind of golfer I am, it would be nice to see an erosion of my handicap by every new thing tried but being a realist, I know it is the contact of clubface to ball that does that.  I am not convinced that shoes are going to have a great effect with my low clubhead speed.  But I do feel planted for each shot and that allows me to focus on getting that contact so yes I think these shoes do help me work on my game. 

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(Second to last day of testing provided no end of wet conditions to walk through standing water with continuous heavy rain for 45 minutes that actually made it necessary to stop in the lee of a tree, no lightning.)

At no time did I feel a slip during my swing no matter the side slope, surface material, or wetness of what I was standing on.  My scores remained fairly constant but I have seen a greater number of pars than before that would be significant if it wasn’t for the meltdown holes when I become consistent on the negative side of the equation.  In my assessment there was no aspect of my game (tee, approach, sand, short, or putting) that was negatively affected by these shoes.

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(The dimpling by the arch on the upper makes the first wearing seem like not much of a break in is required.)

Riding a golf cart that was required for two different tournaments I discovered while driving, the shoes caused some difficulty with engaging the parking brake, that upper portion of the golf cart brake pedal that ratchets and locks the brakes on.  Pressing that part was more of a problem when stopping and sitting than when stopping and getting out.

One curious thing I noticed was when it was quiet on a well maintained green, I could hear the shoes around the toe section making a kind of popping sound I think is due to the extra material forming that space that is giving the roomy feeling.  It is not always there that I have noticed, or maybe it is and just below the volume of my tinnitus (like many Veterans it’s how I constantly hear Freedom ring), so I'm still working that out.

Considering all these things, the On-Course score of 25 out of 30 points is  2 off for the shoe sound on well manicured greens and 3 off for the parking brake issue that required attention to make sure they were engaged properly.

 

Miscellaneous (10 out of 10 points)

My playing partners were great with this test, looking for opportunities for me to take the short route through waterlogged ground, commenting to other golfers what was going on, and helping with photos. The fact the shoes just kept performing so well made it a really great test and had me looking forward to each next game and as many as possible to try to find the weakness yet to be uncovered.  It took a month to get the shoes once they were ordered so not so good for making me wait but good for increasing my sense of urgency to test as soon as I got them.

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(My Inesis shoe is upper right compared to playing partner's traditional style golf shoes, and my putter.)

I gave this section Miscellaneous full points because I have yet to find that weakness and they certainly did give my regular partners another line of Scout Dad jokes and added to the fun that enhances every one of our rounds.

 

Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20 points)

Play it every day for as long as they last.  If you want my shoes you have to go buy your own.  The list price (same website as before) in my experienced estimation is a very well spent $79.99.  I also find the long wearing sole very encouraging because with the way I step that kind of wear is amazingly small.  

Since you are going to see me wearing these for some time to come as I intend to update the string with any developments, this section Play it or Trade it gets 20 of 20 points.


Conclusion

Long story short, I love the shoes and like every new relationship I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop (yes figuratively speaking).  They fit great, wear great, have great traction for golfing on every natural surface but not so much for dancing on the clubhouse floors.  They are truly waterproof but breathe well as evidenced by dry comfortable socks even on wet days sloshing through low spots too deep for grass tips to show. I have always wondered if the shoes I look at and consider are worth the price on them and now for once I know the answer for the Decathlon Inesis shoes.  Yes, it is worth the price, and as a result of this review I would hope the price is maintained as a great value that can fit a frugal golfer’s budget knowing they will be less expensive in the long run as my intuition says these are going to last for a good long time. The Final Score reflects my experience with the Decathlon Inesis Waterproof Grip shoes and I sincerely hope your experience should you choose these as your next shoe is just as positive.

Final Score: (93 out of 100 points)

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Inesis Waterproof Grip Golf shoe review.

Intro: I won't go into a long winded intro of myself as most of you know me. Long story short, I'm from Australia originally, now living in NE Ohio. I've been playing for close to 16 years after taking up golf to have something in common with my FIL. I'm a member at Windmill Lakes Golf Club and walk all but 1 or 2 rounds a year there. My normal golf shoes are Puma spikeless, which are very comfortable.

Looks (8 out of 10):

Out of the box, and they did actually come in a box, unlike a couple of the other guys, they looked quite good. Not weird like the Sketchers I used to have, just a good looking golf shoe. Test fitting, they were comfortable, almost as comfortable as my Pumas. I ordered the Midnight Blue and received my second choice of the Snowy White. I was actually not too upset because they really do look good in the white with black accents. Decathlon even went so far as to have the laces branded, not a big deal to me because I always change out the laces for no tie type, but a nice touch. The only failure is the colourways...there aren't enough. I'd like to see them have a pair of black and a pair of grey.
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Fit and comfort (6 out of 10):

This is the downer of my review. We were told that the shoes run small so order the next size up. OK, that's reasonable and I've had to do that with other shoes before. However, I wear a 10.5 and the following is Decathlons sizes: 6.5, 7.5, 8, 9, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12, 13, 13.5 anyone see a problem? Just a really weird range of sizes. I need an 11 but they don't make an 11 so I had to get an 11.5 which leaves a good 1/2" more room than I need in the toes. So walking the shoes make a gooping noise because of the extra length.

They're absolutely comfortable but would be more so if they actually fit properly. Note to Decathlon, please make more sizes or make the shoes to the actual size they say.

Basic Features (20 out of 20):

Traction and waterproofing are the name of the game here.

I'll start with traction first. They grip very very well. I have not had once instance of slipping during a shot or walking whatsoever. The sole design is a lot more aggressive than most spikeless shoes and that's the secret. They will leave marks on the green , which I was surprised about but they don't do any damage. I wish more golf shoe manufacturers used this design for their soles. They're that good.

Waterproofing...it's legit. When we first got the shoes I was struggling to find any moisture to test the waterproofing claims short of hosing myself down in the backyard because we hadn't had a lot of rain. Then this last week in NE Ohio has had some torrential rain and I got to test in real world conditions. Now, the shoes will not stop the water coming in around your ankles, but after playing in pretty atrocious conditions, my toes and tops and bottoms of my feet were dry.

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On Course Performance (20 out of 30):

Traction and waterproofing again are the stand-outs on the course. Absolutely the best shoes I have had in those categories. Stable in the sand, rough and fairway...and puddles. Dry feet after slogging around a very wet course. The reason for lower score goes back to sizing. Yes they were comfortable but there was always that thought in the back of my mind when I was hitting a shot that they just felt a bit off because they were too big. That and the gooping noise when walking is annoying to say the least.

Miscellaneous (8 out of 10):

I like the tongue design with the shoe being that it's connected all the way to the top, it feels more secure. (Maybe that's to help with the sizing issue) The branding on the laces is also a nice touch along with the fact that when you get them you can put them on and play 18 with no break-in required. The minimal amount of packaging is a good decision, not that I'm a greenie, but you really don't need more than the box to put them in. The price is certainly not a deal breaker for $80, which is quite a bit less than a lot of other shoes on the market. After  a half a dozen rounds there's no sign of any wear on the soles, just discolouration.

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Play it or Trade it (10 out of 20):

I'll play them, but only if there's a good chance of rain. The waterproofing and traction trumps the size issues in that regard but can't overcome it in good weather.

Conclusion

The right price with traction and waterproofing galore, but for the love of all that's holy, get the sizes either right or more of them.

Final Score: (72 out of 100)

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Hey guys, appreciate the reviews.  I've worn Inesis for the last couple years and completely love mine.  I'm with you on wishing there were some more colors - like a black or grey (and not just the saddle).  Mine have stayed nice and dry - but one one pair (I have white, brown and blue) the trim along the edge is peeling away.  Has NOT impacted the waterproofing - just odd. 

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Question for you - why did you buy a different size?  I'm a 9.5 in every shoe I own, including these.  I really like the fit.  And yes, I'm a walker... I don't find that they are small.  

Best thing - can't beat the price.

 

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1 hour ago, WaffleHouseTour said:

Question for you - why did you buy a different size?

We were told that they run small and their website states that they run small. I'm a 10.5, so an 11 would be perfect but they don't make an 11.

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16 hours ago, WaffleHouseTour said:

Question for you - why did you buy a different size?  I'm a 9.5 in every shoe I own, including these.  I really like the fit.  And yes, I'm a walker... I don't find that they are small.  

That is interesting your actual size is right for you.  I went with the next size larger because that was what we were cautioned in the message to testers when informed how to provide our information to the vendor.  Wearing them as I have not worn anything else this year as I am really giving them an extended test for durability and wear, so thanks for the photo as I will keep an eye out for anything like that. 

I think the larger size is the right size for these shoes from my experience but I have not been able to try my own size for comparison so thank you also for your input! 👍

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15 hours ago, MattF said:

We were told that they run small and their website states that they run small. I'm a 10.5, so an 11 would be perfect but they don't make an 11.

Inesis should have replaced the shoes with the right size.

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3 hours ago, fozcycle said:

Inesis should have replaced the shoes with the right size.

I agree, but they simply don't see a size 11. They go from 10.5 to 11.5 and I noted that in my review. Plus, their stock was very very limited. When we went on their website, most of the sizes and colours were out of stock.

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I am interested in trying the Inesis golf shoes.  I wear an 11.5.  Thank you.

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Congrats guys! With how much I walk, I'll be following along and seeing how these hold up. 

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Congrats, I’ll be interested to see how well they wear for you. I’ve worn through the heel liner twice, but it’s common for me to do that in other shoes too

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Congrats to the testers, look forward to your thoughts 

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SUPER excited to go down this road and this is my first official test! BIG thanks to the MGS team and this community. I truly appreciate all of you. 

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Here we go with my first review! Excited and thankful for the opportunity! This came at the perfect time as I just picked up a push cart and the backs of my adidas Tour360 XT SL's started to wear in the heel which started to rub a bit. Can't wait to give these a shot! For reference I've been golfing consistently since October and currently have a paid of last model Tour 360 XT SL's and a pair of adidas Tech Response I picked up to play with spiked shoes when it's wetter. 

First impressions: So typically I would've done an unboxing but...there was no box. Not sure if the other testers will experience something different but my pair was just in a DHL bag which was interesting. But nothing wrong with them when they showed up. Out of the bag they seemed...fine. Wasn't blown away by anything, just seemed like pretty standard golf shoes. I went with white as I have pair of black/white and black so decided a little variety. I will say I'm an amateur sneakerhead but would be a rare exception in a golf shoe. I'm not seeing anybody but my buddies I'm golfing with out on the course so I'd say I'm function over style for golf shoes (I did miss out on the Jordan 4's this morning which was really the only "cool" gofl shoe I've wanted...oh well). They feel sturdy and maybe a bit boxy, but pretty lightweight (weigh in just lighter than the 360's and just heavier than the techs). Couple interesting things is the soles I guess would technically be spikeless, but have much more pronounced ridges than my other spikeless shoes, which definitely feels like better traction. Also, the top of the tongue is thin and light which allows it to sit really flat on the top of my foot/ankle which I think will be more comfortable than a typical tongue

First use: Haven't been able to get out to the course yet but threw them on for a decent mat session this afternoon and felt like they started to break in a little bit even in the midst of the session. I definitely felt like I had much more traction than spikeless or just hitting in sneakers and pretty similar to when I wear the spiked tech responses. Obviously not sure how they'll feel after walking a round but I like the sturdy feel while still being lightweight, so hopes are high. Could be a really good hybrid between spikeless and spiked shoes. Will certainly update more once I'm able to get out for a round (hopefully this weekend)

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This testing is ON!  Shoes arrived today and got right to the unboxing, mine came in a DECATHLON box, no frills but enough packing paper serpentine on top to keep them from moving about and abrading themselves.  Don't use the Chef's knife, scissors work better for opening clear packing tape.

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I had preferred the Coconut Brown but got the second choice Snowy White, probably so named as the black contrasts well enough to risk becoming snowblind in direct sunlight looking at the white.  No worries, I am partial to two-tone look especially for golf shoes and the bottoms are glowing!

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Inside there must be a reason for the shoes being right-left but it caught me as strange when first viewed.  The tether holding them together was the thinnest string they could find without it being thread to my practiced combat engineer eyes.

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Good thing the scissors were sharp or I don't know how I would have severed that black cable 😋

The blocking was substantial and the shoes are beautifully formed, showroom ready and without a blemish.  With the laces nicely tucked in and loosely fit to pull easily out of the blocking,

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it was a surprise to see the shoe name INESIS in the aglets.

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The tag inside the tongue was jutting outward making it easy to see the information it has without taking the shoe out of the blocking or unlacing the knot.

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The insoles remove easily and are a perfectly cut shape and size for the shoe leaving no gaps around their edges by the uppers.  The left insole had an identifying tag under it I did remove to keep it from becoming an issue while testing the shoe as I can detect the slightest object underneath my feet in any situation, why I wear shoes even on a beach 🥺

Putting them on it was easy to see why it is a good idea to purchase a size larger than I would normally try on.  I have a US size 9.5 shoe usually and the ones received are 10.5 and feel like any smaller would be too snug for any extended walking and larger would be too large.

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They truly are comfortable on first wearing which today was indoors on carpet.  The tongue appeared odd to me when pulling out the blocking, it has a rather thin edge that as I suspected actually fits snugly and nicely against the front of the foot where the arch meets the ankle and I suspect it enhances the water repelling for water on top of the shoe, no idea yet how I am going to test this but I think I will be risking wet feet on more than one occasion with these WATERPROOF shoes, as the uppers claim.

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And as I was trying them on indoors on the best carpet in the front room, I discovered lifting a foot that the cleats would probably make it undesirable as a house slipper.

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First impressions:  get the bigger size, the looks are sharp and attractive in a golf shoe way, and if I sit here much longer wearing them as I am writing this up I might just go take a nap with them on...

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On 5/11/2021 at 11:07 AM, tbill87 said:

I am interested in trying the Inesis golf shoes.  I wear an 11.5.  Thank you.

You  would definitely need a 12.5 with the Inesis shoes sizing.

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On 4/30/2021 at 11:32 AM, tehuti said:

I hear their sizes tend to run small compared to most other brands. Does anyone know if this is true?

Definitely true, I have never fit 10.5 shoes in my life and here we are... INESIS 10.5 (US) size fits a 9.5 foot perfectly.

I thought fashion designers were going to smaller numbers so someone can say they are wearing a smaller size? 😋  Must be opposite for men wearing golf shoes for a bigger foot to put somewhere.

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INTRO

Hey all! This is my first official review, and I'm excited to share it with the entire MGS community. This has been a great community of learning for me, and I hope that you learn from this review and it helps you as the site and fellow Spies have helped me! I'm nearly 43, I played football, basketball and golf in high school, went to state in golf, and played football in college - DIII, played QB. I worked at a golf course in every capacity you can imagine (except for head pro) when I was in my early 20s. I played to a plus handicap back then, and I  currently play to a 5.6 handicap. That's been with a lot of hard work and a lot of playing and practicing in the last few years. I have two kids, 16 and 10, and so getting out a lot when they were younger was hard.

For background, I used to wear almost exclusively FootJoy shoes. Our pro shop sold them, they were the best around for ages, and so a pair of Dry Joy's and a pair of Green Joy's was all I needed. As I've aged, I've tried lots of other brands. Footjoy still, but also Adidas, Puma, Nike, and more. I look for comfort and stability more than almost anything else, and I walk a lot, so I need something that can stand up to me putting a good amount of wear on them. I generally don't play early mornings, so waterproof hasn't been an area of focus for me, but most of the shoes I currently have are waterproof. 


FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • First thing to note, this shoe came with no box. The shoes were packaged inside of a bag and were connected by a long piece of elastic. Kind of like when you pick up shoes as Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Ross/Insert-Discount-Store-Here. I thought this was a bit weird, but hey, maybe they don't really need a box? Saves a lot for the environment this way, so I'm ALL for that!

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  • Opening these, they do look "different" - not BAD - not at all. Just different. Almost a little chunky perhaps? Here they are compared to one of my other pairs of shoes, the Nike Roshe Tour. They remind me a bit of Sketchers golf shoes (also included that for comparison).

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  • In all, these are a pretty solid looking and feeling shoe. I went with the navy colorway given that I wear a lot of blue golf shirts and the fact that I haven't ever owned a navy pair of golf shoes. Lots of black, never navy!
    • The quality of the outer I'll test out over time with wear, and what's interesting is that Decathlon says that their shoes are waterproof because of an inner membrane, not the outer part of the shoe. I'm interested in getting out for some dew-soaked morning rounds as well as a round or two in the rain.
    • The sole feels soft yet firm when walking even on hard surfaces. Decathlon notes that they have three layers to the sole:
      • Part 1 is EVA - EVA boosts cushion and is spread over the entire foot, especially on the heel
      • Part 2 is TPU - TPU is a semi-rigid construction that ensures a strong grip while remaining flexible - this TPU is the colored main part and features six spikes
      • Part 3 is the Rubber Sole - they state that this rubber sole is softer and ensures good grip when walking - there are two horizontal grooves under the sole that make the shoe more bendable - they also state that the front part of the sole is asymmetrical by design so that they can extend the material on the outside to reinforce stability while you swing and the more rounded front part of the sole moves with your foot at the end of the swing
    • I put these on and walked around the house and yard and took a few swings and they are comfortable and do provide good grip so far. Testing on a 6 mile walk while playing this weekend and will report back.

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  • The tongue itself is made of a synthetic material and a waterproof membrane and also has a gusset to keep water from getting in. However the tongue shape or fit creates some pressure at the top of the ankle that is uncomfortable at best, and could create blisters at worst. Generally I wear no-show socks, and I'm going to have to carry a pair of ankle socks with me when I play this weekend just in case the rubbing turns to something worse. You can see in the shot below the tongue pressing against my ankles in the overhead view. We will see if this simply needs a breaking in, or if this will be an issue for the way these fit for me.

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  • The tag on the inside of the tongue is annoying. This might be nitpicking, but it's no less annoying. 🙂 It's something that I'm going to remove for SURE, but it just dangles there, attached at the top only, not sewn into the shoe in a meaningful way. With the waterproof tongue and membrane maybe they don't have as much to be able to sew against to have it be sewn down like on many other shoes? Not sure...

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  • My final note on these before getting to performance on the course in my next post is that they do run at least a half size small. I ordered the 47 which equates to a US size 13. I am firmly a 12.5 with my right foot, and a 12 with my left foot (yeah, I know, I'm weird). The right shoe fits PERFECTLY for me with a little more than the standard "thumb-width" at my big toe. If you are ordering these, size up at least a half size or guaranteed you'll be uncomfortable in them.

Hope this is a good start and that it's helpful to y'all! Thanks for reading!!

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First time out on the course with them this afternoon in 86 humid degrees in Western NY with brilliant sunshine.  

Lacing the shoes up for the intention of golfing I noticed the slightly elastic nature of the laces.  They were easy to tie and my habit is double knots from a military career when stopping to tie laces that come undone is on a scale between the extremes of inconvenient or unprofessional, and perilous to deadly.  They stayed tied well partly due to that elasticity and they were easily untied after 9 holes of walking.  I also always wear socks at least high enough to pad the collar of a shoe (and boot) again as learned from extended distance hiking in extreme conditions.  As mentioned by another tester, the tag on the tongue is of no consequence wearing socks and the edge was comfortable on the front of my ankle for the entire evening.

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I had many compliments about the styling and I did ask those who commented to be as critical as they wanted to be, as a Veteran PGA HOPE program crowd there's no end of sharp comments and backhanded compliments, but to a person the INESIS shoes were perceived favorably and knowing they are $79.99 actually attracted substantial positive attention.

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I walked tar parking lot and paths, concrete paths, and grassy fairways and roughs.  Grip was excellent in all situations and I am careful to lift my feet when walking on greens to not damage the short grass.  I did note that the molded cleats in the sole did not leave any indents behind that I could see and the low level evening sunlight was making imperfections on the short grass evident with growing shadows.

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Total distance perhaps 3 miles.  No wear and minor discoloration of the brilliant yellow and colorless spikes noted as you can see.  Waterproof quality not yet determined but temperature of my feet was never a concern and my feet were comfortable for the 3 hours I was wearing them standing and walking without sitting.  I use a push cart so it was 3 hours on my feet and my legs were not tired or fatigued after the exercise.

Day 1 conclusion:  a comfortable shoe that looks good, wears well, provides good traction, and was as new removing them from my feet as when I put them on.  So far the value is what I would expect from a golf shoe.  I am looking forward to Day 2.

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Ok, finally got these bad boys out for a couple rounds. The first I planned on walking but my buddy really wanted to ride and playing in the heat of the day on a 90+ VA day, I obliged. During the round the shoes felt good. Really noticed the traction especially for "spikeless" shoes. Felt comfortable throughout during the riding round. Really good ability to grip during shots and overall felt good. 

Now the first REAL test. Played yesterday and decided to walk a course I hadn't played before. I'm an idiot. Ended up being the hilliest course I've ever played by a good margin. The difference between walking and riding was $20 and I realized that's because NO ONE would consider walking. However, did provide a good test for the shoes. Overall, felt pretty good. Not the most comfortable shoe to walk in over a round on that course but I'm not sure any shoe would be. Around the 6th hole or so I started to notice a rubbing on my left heel that certainly got more pronounce as the round went on, especially when walking uphill. I fully expected a massive blister there when I finished but shockingly had nothing. I will say this is the same area that wears in other shoes I wear as well so that could be a more personal issue. Feet felt as good as I could've hoped after the round. As expected with the all white shoes, starting to show a little bit of dirt on them after a couple wears but nothing crazy. Will give it a wipe down shot later and see how easy they clean up. Both rounds have been dry and by appearances I think these could really shine in the waterproof arena. Will update when I get out again. 

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First Round

  • Waterproof: since this is one of the key features touted for this shoe and almost an unseen feature in this price range, I wanted to see how these held up. Thankfully we had a bunch of rain work through the Philly area yesterday!  It rained for about 7 straight hours including about 90 minutes while I was on the course. I also purposefully wore socks that would show any sign of leakage in the shoe. 
  • RESULT:  Zero leakage of any kind. These shoes got drenched. And I do mean drenched, especially when my left leg, which was dangling outside the cart, got about a half gallon of water thrown directly onto it from the roof when I turned a corner fairly sharply. 
  • RATING: 5/5

 

  • Comfort: One if the other core tenants of this shoe is that it is (as MGS stated in their 2019 shoe evaluation) “the most comfortable golf shoe we’ve ever tested”. These are lofty expectations for ANY shoe, especially one that is accessible to so many from a price perspective. 
  • RESULT:  The course I played yesterday was a new one to me. It’s a highly rated but short course with a good deal of elevation changes to it. We rode the course but since it had rained so much, it was cart path only. What a great way to test out the comfort of the shoes! I ended up walking about 5 miles on the course (full day stats from my Apple Watch below)Screenshot 2021-07-02 00.23.07.png and I can say definitively that out of the box, these are the most comfortable golf shoes I have ever worn. Big praise, I know. And honestly I wasn’t expecting that to be what I wrote. I currently wear a pair of supersoles insoles in all my other golf shoes and I am looking forward to trying these Inesis out with that upgrade! My heels, arches, toes… all of my foot felt supported and comfortable. I do have one small gripes that are going to knock down my rating in this area, however. In my last review post I noted that the tongue felt awkward to me. And as the round wore on, I did begin to notice that it was irritating the top of my ankle (even through my longer socks). I didn’t end up with any blisters, but it was sore. This could simply be the anatomy of my body and you the reader may have zero issues at all. They also might break in more for me as I wear them more as well. 
  • RATING: 4/5

 

  • Traction/Grip: Another hallmark of these shoes are the unique spikeless tread on the bottom of the shoe. The mixture of the different rubber and plastic components of the sole are there to aid in comfort, but also in not slipping and sliding around the course like I’ve done with some other brands of spikeless shoes. You can see in the picture below, comparing the spikeless shoes of (left to right) the Footjoy Superlite XP, the Nike Roshe Tour, Ecco’s with their cage sole, and finally the Inesis, just how different these soles from a spikeless perspective.
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  • RESULT: These nubs are VERY effective from a grip perspective. Not once when I was swinging the club, walking in slippery grass, or even walking up it down wet hills did I feel unstable or like I was going to fall. The same cannot be said of other spikeless (and some spiked!) shoes I have had in the past. These spikeless nubs get my seal of approval. What I will pay attention to is how well they grip when the ground is not wet - which can present some additional problems for traditional spikeless shoes. 
  • RATING: 5/5

 

OVERALL RATING: 14/15

 

  • One final thought: I’m going to have to deduct at least a point for something I mentioned in my last post. These shoes look a bit chunky. This doesn’t bother me at all from a looks perspective. But what DID bother me is that on my left foot, which is a half size smaller than my right, with every step I took, and with every swing where I lifted my left foot off the ground ever so slightly on my backswing, I heard a popping noise in the top part of the shoe. This is NOT the first time this has happened to me in a golf shoe. And those of you that have heard this in any of your golf or regular shoes knows the exact sound I’m referencing. It’s the sound of a leather or leather-like shoe effectively “cracking” because it’s too big for the foot it’s on. This would normally not be too big of a deal for me. I just lace up the smaller foot a bit more tightly by the toes and all along the top of the foot. But with these shoes, because of the chunky height to them, that was not possible. This is something that I’ll pay attention to and see if it was simply a wearing in problem, or if it is something that will persist. 
     

OVERALL ADJUSTED RATING: 13/15

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No photos today but I had every intention of trying out the waterproof claim on these Decathlon Inesis shoes.  The day was as wet as the underside of a floating dock before lunchtime and then... sunshine and dry concrete emerging from my basement office for lunch.  Still hope that enough of the deluge would be in the grass for a good sloshy squishy walk... the course was firm and well dried out by the mid-afternoon tee time.

Not to be left empty, because the puddles weren't... big pools of water where rain collected in low spots.  I know people were looking at me like I was missing a few floors from the middle of my building but I saw water and by golly I cruised right through them, push cart and shoes sloshing a path through the middle and deepest parts.  Knowing I had dry socks in my golf bag helped the boldness... but besides a little mud on the white uppers my feet were dry as were my socks.

Starting to think there is a reasonable priced waterproof shoe that on a hot day in sunshine is still comfortable to wear with good traction no matter what surface is walked on.  It is only in my mind that walking on asphalt roads and concrete pathways is going to hurt the shoes, so far no observed wear on the spikeless spiked sole.

Day 2 on course was encouraging, looking forward to Day 3.

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Update as I got in a range session with these as well as I decided to take them for a walk through the concrete jungle of my neighborhood to see how they hold up/feel.

  • The popping noise on the left shoe persists as I noted in my last post. I'm going to take a tongue pad that I have used before on dress shoes and put it in the shoe and see if it changes it up at all. With my 1/2 size smaller foot, this is something that I deal with on some of my shoes, but this is fairly loud. 🙂
  • Had no issues with slippage during the range session - I purposely went after about 15 shots working on some speed training and still no slipping. I always slip when wearing either my Puma spikeless or my Footjoy spikeless.
  • These continue to be very comfortable. I have yet to try them with the insoles I wear in other shoes, and I'll be doing that tomorrow. They don't slip on the top of the foot or at the heel (even on the foot that's 1/2 size smaller) and, while I know they are basically brand new, they provide a good amount of cushioning.
  • Speaking of cushioning, I like to feel my feet on the ground - if I'm standing on a rock, or a small twig, or anything that might effect my swing, I want to know that it's there. These shoes, while providing that supreme level of comfort, they still let you feel everything as well. This was very apparent when I took a walk through the neighborhood. I felt the cushioning, but also felt the cracks, the rocks, and more. 
  • Tomorrow I'll be out for my first full walking round with these shoes on 6500 yard track with a decent number of elevation changes. I'll report back the findings this weekend. 
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Day 3 - walking 18 holes on Chautauqua Golf Club Hill Course.  6,553 yards plus distance between clubhouse, holes and vehicle.  Hill Course has its name because of the vertical distance on every hole and #8 par 5, #9 par 4, #10 par 5, #11 par 4, and #17 par 5 all include fairways with considerable length and slope up and/or down.  This day like every day spent pushing my clubs on my Clicgear 3.5+ provided challenge and opportunity to maintain good health and keep the use it going to prevent the lose it.

This truly was a break-in day with easily 6 if not 7 miles walking and I did carry my comfortable spikeless FJ and spare socks in case I developed a dislike for whatever reason.  Nothing happened to cause any thought that I was also pushing the extra gear on the hills, extra gear that was not used.  

Noticed right off walking on asphalt and concrete again was comfortable and traction was excellent, stepping onto grass again natural and unnoticed (exactly what one expects).  Putting practice included some longer distance one putts and then we were up next, my foursome looking dapper and only I was walking.

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You can see by the shoes that the styling is in keeping with my regular playing partners styles (I'm on the right).

I noticed on the 4th green the shoes were making a creaking sound as I walked but was amazed I heard it then and not again until I was on the 17th green.  I surmised it is there more persistently but for whatever reason I was unaware of it though that could be a wrong assumption.  I did note while checking the shoes on those greens that my foot was looser in the ball of the foot though I was not moved to try tightening the laces.  I was wearing a new pair of socks and laces were tied comfortably.

Temperature was about 70*F and the sun was blazing all day.  Feet were cool/warm as to not be noticed and socks stayed dry so though waterproof the shoes still breathed somehow. 

Traction up and down hills was exceptional on grass, dirt and packed sand without any sensation of the spike/spikeless tread catching on the surface.  Doing the same on pavement, cart path or roadway did not have the same sensation of "sticktion" so the hills were better on natural surfaces.

Day 3 after 18 holes transitioned for a 2 hour drive to Glen Oak GC in Amherst NY for the PGA HOPE program and since I was only driving without getting out of the vehicle I consciously decided to keep the Inesis shoes on instead of changing to drive and again to resume with golfing activities.  Apart from my foot resisting a sideway slide on the pedals when not on cruise control there was no perception I was wearing a spike/spikeless shoe instead of sneakers.

The PGA HOPE program run by the PGA Western NY Section has grown to the largest in the country and this year they've expanded the offering to include on course play to previous program graduates in addition to the skills and etiquette parts of instruction.  So paired up I was again the only walker pushing my clubs around holes #1 through #6 for the time available before the evening session wrapped up and sun slipped to the horizon.  Again the shoes were as they were earlier in the day, comfortable and doing what was expected from a well designed shoe.

I did notice on one hole, while my camera was on the push cart too far to get without slowing down the group, when I went to hit out of the sand bunker the print of the spike/spikeless sole left a remarkable pattern that I did capture when returning to my vehicle.  I had parked by a pile of sand Glen Oak is using to improve the hazards and took these for the purpose of saying, "like that!"

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Long Day 3 and now looking forward to Day 4...

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Day 4 and on my regular course, the 9 hole Cazenovia Golf Course of the Olmstead Parks Conservatory in Buffalo, NY that measures about 3 miles for each walked round.  Rain had soaked Western NY until early afternoon but dry air had filled in behind the rain after it moved off so the waterproof quality is again not fully understood.  

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After the round I looked at the spikeless spikes and noticed that one of the tiny projections on each shoe had worn off under the ball of the foot.  Interesting to me that the same one on each shoe was the first thing to show wear of this projection of the tread.  There were leaves that had been punched through the on the spikes but with only vertical projections they came off easily for the photos.

Again walking was comfortable.  Skies were overcast at 72*F and with sunshine breaking through for the first 3 holes and the shoes continue to be comfortable as they were 2 days ago when I golfed at Chautauqua Golf Club.

Thinking the next time I play Cazenovia GC I will just have a walk in the creek that occupies half of the fairway distance on hole 3.  Maybe collect a few water balls, be ready to change sock and maybe shoes as it is a deep creek that in most European countries would be called a river.  Encouragement would help 😉  and once more looking forward to the next testing day, Day 5.

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Played 36 on a beautiful day here in Philadelphia. First really warm round of golf that I’ve played this calendar year. Needed multiple rounds of both water and sunscreen because of the amount of sweating that was going on. 🙂 

Screenshot below of my morning round (plus about 3/4 of a mile before I played) to give you an indication of how much stress I put on these bad boys. 
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Rode the second 18 because of the heat and time, and added another nearly 1.5 miles to them (see below for why so little). 
 

Also this was the first round where I had my Superfeet insoles in the shoes. I tried them on TOP of the current insoles to see how they would work out. A couple other pair of shoes that I have, this ends up being nearly the perfect fit. Notes below on my thoughts of the shoes and how they held up. 
 

  • Good AND bad results with the Superfeet on top of the other insoles. Even though the standard insoles are very thin, end very spongy, this created all sorts of challenges: First of all, the good was that by elevating my foot in the shoe, the squeaking/popping noise that I had heard since I first put these on went away in my left shoe (my left foot is a half size smaller). Bad news was that by elevating my feet that much in the shoe, I started to get some rubbing in the back of my ankle in the Achilles area. Not a full blister, but it was headed that way. Secondly, the bad was that for my right foot, I DID have enough rubbing that I got a bunch of small blisters and ultimately I had to take the Inesis insoles out of the shoes by the time I got to hole number 7.

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  • So for the next six holes, I went with just my Superfeet. These insoles have been AMAZING for me. I had some lower back pain previously when I would walk full rounds, and those insoles have saved me. However, in these shoes, they didn’t seem to help. For whatever reason, with the way these shoes fit my feet, and the way that I walk with them, my lower back pain returned. I also was a little dehydrated, but my back hasn’t hurt like this in a long time while playing and walking. I had checked to ensure that the insoles fit, they weren’t slipping around, etc. 
  • For the final 5-6 holes I took out the Superfeet insoles and went with the standard insoles wanting to see if that made a difference or not. It didn’t help. End of the round, pretty decent amount of lower back pain and I’m starting to think that for my physiology, these shoes are just not a good match. 
     

For reference, on the final 18, even though I was riding, I switched to a different pair of Nike Roshe Tours (with the Superfeet insoles) and my back felt better almost immediately. I’m sure some of this was due in part to me riding, but also these just being a much better fit for me and my body. 
 

To help confirm or deny what I was experiencing, for the final 6 holes while riding I put the Inesis back on. And yup, by hole 14 my back was starting to get sore yet again. 
 

At this point, if you are someone who has a pretty “tall” foot, I would highly recommend these shoes. If you are someone with a pretty short or maybe flat foot, these might not be the best for you as they are not the best for me. 

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Morning viewers and welcome to my first thoughts on the Inesis Waterproof shoes.

Initially we were told to go to the website: https://www.decathlon.com/collections/all-golf-shoes/products/mens-golf-shoes-waterproof-grip? and choose 2 different colours, one primary and one secondary and size. I chose Midnight Blue for my primary and Snowy White for my secondary. These shoes apparently tend to run small and I normally wear a US10.5, so I chose US11.5. If you look at the website, the available sizes are to me, are a bit odd. Some there are no half sizes and others there are no full sizes.

Anyway, we sent our requests in and the wait started...and we waited and waited. That was fine considering the issues of supply and demand the golf industry is having at the moment. And then...

The day arrived. I got a box unlike some of the others, my shoes were delivered in an actual box, rather than a plastic bag.

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I was hoping to get the Midnight Blue but obviously they're still not available so I was given the Snowy White in a US11.5.

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They looked pretty smart and the tread looked a lot different than my Puma Grip Fusions that I usually wear.

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I walk 95% of my rounds so I think these will get a good work out. I've played 3 rounds in them so far and the grip is great, but the lack of sizing is a concern. If Decathlon could bring out more size options that would be fantastic. As I mentioned, I usually wear a 10.5 but these running small I got an 11.5 which are about a half inch too long. If I had an 11, they be perfect.

I took this photo after 9 holes the first time I wore them. We'd had some rain and my feet remained dry even when I purposely stood in a puddle of water next to the 4th tee.

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I want to get a few more rounds in before I give a final verdict but so far so good.

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Day 5 was an unusual day for my golf year, riding/driving a golf cart.  As driver, I noticed that the operation of the large pedals was not any different than with other golf shoes but I did have some issues with engaging the parking brake.  The brake actuator is (for those who don't recall or have never used a powered golf cart) the smaller square in the upper left corner of the brake pedal that when pushed while applying the brake engages a ratchet that holds the brake pedal in the on position.  I found it difficult to lock the brake pedal on wearing my Inesis shoes.

It was a full 18 hole round and I know I had less walking than 9 holes when I push my clubs, and I stood for less time than I was sitting (the groups ahead were playing a slower pace than my group was playing).  Nothing else stood out from this round of golf for the shoes, suffice it to say they were good shoes for the day and the experience walking through the Country Club building on clean polished interior floors with out slip or slide.

We did have rain on a couple holes but again not the gully washer I am hoping for to get a real test in for the waterproof part of these shoes.  Unfortunately no photos to enhance this report for Day 5.  Looking forward to Day 6.

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Days 6 and 7 were a combination of walking and another tournament on cart, probably more walking for the 9 hole walking than the 18 holes driving a cart.  Nothing out of the ordinary for the walking 9 holes except that crossing the rubber matting on the suspension bridge to cross Cazenovia Creek the walk was more comfortable with the sole design but any lateral push made them feel a little slippery on the smooth black rubber surface.

It had rained considerably the days before the tournament at the course south of home prone to lake effect weather, now it is summer that means rain.  Though our day was brilliant sunshine, there was water in the grass and some waterlogged greens and none of it was any concern wearing the Inesis Waterproof Grip golf shoes.

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Standing in standing water was no concern and traction on the wet grass was also exceptional.  On this cart, different from Day 5's cart was the parking brake section of the brake pedal was the entire top third of the pedal and it was much easier to engage though still not as easy as my other spikeless shoes.  I had to make a conscious effort to push the top of the pedal forward, and doing so as I was climbing out was easier than stopping on an incline and not getting out.

Day 8 will be another walking 18 holes on Chautauqua GC Hill Course so with any luck it will have been well soaked or possibly raining, come on weather forecast, you can remain unchanged! 😅

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Took these shoes out for a tournament on Monday with The Fried Egg here in the Philly area. Played at a course called Rolling Green Golf Club, a William Flynn designed course from 1926 that holds true to its name. Elevation changes from tee to green could have been as much as 40-50 feet down, and 40-50 feet back up. Lots of sidehill lies, uphill lies, downhill lies and more. 

We played 18 holes best ball in the morning, 18 holes alternate shot in the afternoon, and (yay!) we made the playoffs called the Horse Race and so we played an extra two holes there.

Unfortunately for me, after hitting about 30 warmup balls, putting for 10-15 minutes, and playing just three holes, I had to change out of these shoes. The issues that I had in my previous post persisted here as well. Low back pain, rubbing in the rear of the ankle/achilles area and on the second hole, with there still being a little bit of dew on the ground, I did slip on one shot. I think this was a combination of the shoe and also the teebox (it was a little sandy). 

My review still stands on these and I plan on giving them one more go of it this weekend, but I'm not hopeful given my anatomy. They are a FANTASTIC value, they are extremely comfortable for probably 80% of the population out there, and for the investment, I would tell people to "give them a try" as you are looking to expand your footwear options. 

Some course shots below just for fun. 


Severe left to right canting in the fairway with this downhill tee shot on #9, a par 5, the number one handicap hole.

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Hole 14 here - 220 yard(ish) par three with that 45' tall walking bridge on the left. 

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More elevation changes here on hole #11, downhill from the tee, right back up the hill to the green.

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Day 8 was walking the Hill Course, aptly named of the Chautauqua Golf Club courses that was a dewy but otherwise dry 18 hole round but I did find some sprinkler heads that were recessed with water deep enough to submerge the toe box, very refreshingly cool.

Day 9 was another 9 hole round at my regular Cazenovia GC that had me thinking I would need to wade in Cazenovia Creek to test the waterproofing but not wanting to slow the foursome (and playing a new to me set of clubs) I kept up with the pace of play.  

Day 10 had a new experience on Doe Course of Deerwood Golf Club in North Tonawanda NY where the normally soggy areas were well dry but, I did find a nicely deep and big low spot where the water was laces deep and secure in the knowledge that nobody was paying any attention to me I slogged straight through knowing I had dry socks if needed.   And no change was needed, the water a refreshing coolness for the feet with no perceived wetness infiltrating my footie socks (not sure if a crew sock would have been soaked enough to wick the water down into the shoe).  I realize a photo would have been good of my laces inches below the surface but as it was an impulsive thing encountering the standing water while moving to catch up to playing partners, the photo wasn't thought of until after holing out on the green some minutes and distance later.

Keeping on with the testing initiative as long as possible, so far these are the shoes I want to wear as much as the others I wear for comfort, support and traction.

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