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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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Basic Features
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Wear Them or Trade Them?

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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In the bag:
Driver:cobra-small: Darkspeed X 9°  UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Blue 7F4
Fairway: :callaway-logo-1: Apex UW 19° & 21° Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 5.5

Irons: :mizuno-small: JPX 923 HMP 5-PW UST Mamiya Recoil 95 F4
Wedges: :mizuno-small: T-22 Denim Copper 48°, 52° & 56° UST Mamiya Recoil 95 F4
Putter :Sub70: Sycamore 005 Wide Blade
Bag: 
:callaway-logo-1: Fairway 14 stand bag
Balls: :callaway-small: Chrome Tour

Cart: :CaddyTek: CaddyLite ONE Ver. 8


God Bless America🇺🇸, God save the King🇬🇧, God defend New Zealand🇳🇿 and thank Christ for Australia🇦🇺!

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

Beyond the Official MGS Testing for the Decathlon Inesis Waterproof spikeless golf shoes, I kept wearing them for the rest of the 2021 season and all of the 2022 season, total of 202 9 hole equivalent rounds (18 holes counted as 2) or 101 18 hole rounds.  I like the 9 hole equivalent for this test because 90% of my rounds were 9 holes and that includes a lot more walking on paved surfaces that increased the amount of abrasive conditions the shoes walked on than just the distance from hole 9 to the 10th tee box.

End of 2021.  This was what the tops and bottoms looked like after the 80 rounds from testing to end of season
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The next 124 rounds of 2022 saw no discernable or excessive wear on the sole grips.  The shoes stayed completely waterproof.
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What ultimately did these shoes in was the exceptional waterproofingHow?  If a shoe is not properly aired and dried after each wearing, the bacteria on feet and natural sweating from feet leaves wetness behind that the bacteria thrive in and that creates its own unique smell that lingers.  The shoes got to the point where SWMBO insisted I not keep them in house and there was no way I was putting them in my vehicle but it was after the last day of play on November 12, 2022 and the shoes were still waterproof with good tread that worked well that autumn day.  I stashed them underneath the tarp covering the patio furniture and that's where they spent an epic Buffalo NY winter.

The last round for the shoes was Friday April 28, 2023 was forecast for rain to start at tee time and then increase through the rest of the evening into the following day.  With a golf glove to continue testing and prospect for a full 18 holes, I pulled the shoes out of where I had secreted them away when the patio furniture was uncovered in March, laced them up and put them on at the course.  The thorough cleaning end of 2022 was about how they smelled which while not repulsive had hints of the worst they had been.  But dry warm feet and socks was my primary concern.

Course conditions were wet.  The rain began as drizzle and went off until walking up the 7th fairway when the real rain arrived.  Wet grass, low spots filled to toe covering puddles, everything I had enjoyed dry feet while testing and again my first pair or Decathlon Inesis shoes were dry and warm.  They contributed to an exceptional round with only a little fatigue soreness leaving the 18th green for the vehicle.

How the decision was made to part ways.  In the vehicle I had not changed them as it was always easy to drive with these Decathlon Inesis shoes with their grip designed "tread" so to be out of the driving rain quicker once umbrellas were put away, I did not change my shoes.  Yet.  A mile into the drive I was looking for a parking lot and as soon as I could stop those venerable shoes came off and sneakers on.  I tied the laces together and hung them on my vehicle's hitch mounted bike rack and they traveled the rest of the way home outside.  In somewhat ceremoneous form, the trash bin lid was lifted, shoes were dropped in, and instantly the odor was cut off from ability to offend my senses.

Take away - the trick to keeping any shoe or boot odor free is to ensure it dries thoroughly once worn and I had not been doing that with my first pair of Decathlon Inesis Waterproof shoes.  I have been doing it with my FootJoy cleated golf shoes and every one of wife's and daughter's shoes that go through the laundry, usually left in my workroom.

Would I buy them again?  I already have and it took searching "Decathlon+Inesis" and then navigating into the site to find the golf shoes.  The color is Asphalt Blue this time and delivery is expected this week. 

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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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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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At any given time I have between 3 and 5 pairs of shoes, at least two with spikes and at least one spikeless, because I wear spikes primarily if I expect the grass to be wet but I don't like wearing shoes I got really wet the day before. 

 

I only started wearing spikeless shoes 3 years ago, but now as long as I know they are enough to grip the ground I opt for them--BUT--I only go about 125 pounds so even extra *dry* conditions can sometimes keep me from getting "into" the ground enough to go spikeless without slipping, at least in my Nike Flynit Racers.

 

Maybe these ones will be different, one way to find out!

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I will be interested to see how they fit, walking comfort, how long to break them in and how hot they get on your feet being they are full synthetic.  I'm also curious how the built in spikes will wear.  

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I'd be interested in these as I'm looking for a new pair of spikeless shoes to try and start walking the course versus riding all the time but my current FJ Pro SLs arent comfortable enough for a full round of walking.

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Paulie777 needs a new pair of shoes! I give decent feedback, so consider me. I always review the courses I play, so I would review these.

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And the testing opportunities keep coming fast and furious! Great opportunity for 4 of the chosen. Best of luck to all and enjoy the review/testing be experience!

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I have very wide feet and have found the only shoe that is comfortable for me is an old model TrueLinks Protus model.

I am always searching for a comfortable golf shoe.

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I am just returning to golf after a six month layoff. The reason? A ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Feels better everyday but I will be interested to see how INESIS golf shoes perform. Live in Naples, FL where there are many courses.

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I normally by FootJoy, but I tried some Skechers last year.  Currently going back to FootJoy, but always looking to try something new.

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I've been dying to try these shoes out since last years' shoe testing, but they're always sold out in my size!

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I missing both big toes and this looks like this is an excellent shoe not only for comfort but for support too.  I would love to be a tester.

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I recently switched back to spikes after several years wearing Skechers spikeless shoes.  The Puma Faas Light spikeless shoe was the most comfortable shoe I ever wore. I have arthritis and other foot problems and ejjoyed the feel of the Skechers and Pumas, but in the end I needed the stability and grip of the spiked shoe.  The Inesis has a unique outsole, and I would love to see how they compare to the comfort of my Skechers or Pumas and the stability and grip of my Adiboost.

 

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I wear Foot Joy or Etonic and play (walking) every day the course is open. We play early, so there is always moisture on the grass. I could give the shoes a serious workout in a short amount of time.

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Have gone with your recommendation on shoes the last 3 seasons, all spot on.  Looking forward to trying these (9M)

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