FootJoy Women's Flex XP 2022 Shoe Review

Katie Dawkins takes to the fairways in the latest iteration of the women's Flex XP golf shoe from FootJoy and delivers her verdict

FootJoy Women's Flex XP Shoe
(Image credit: Katie Dawkins)
Golf Monthly Verdict

The 2022 Women's Flex XP is a lightweight, sporty shoe that delivers on both performance and looks. The mesh upper is stylish, breathable and yet wipes clean easily plus there are four colors to choose from. You'll find yourself wearing these a lot, on and off the golf course.

Reasons to buy
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    Sporty running shoe appearance appeals to a younger market

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    Easy to wipe clean and almost repels dirt and sand

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    Amazing comfort

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    Four color options

Reasons to avoid
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    Not overly suited to year-round use

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The Flex XP is the latest offering from FootJoy's more sporty looking line of footwear. I adore these shoes and am still a big fan of the previous year's model. These are another level of comfortable, they put a spring in your step and feel more like a running shoe than a golf shoe.

They kept my feet exceedingly comfortable temperature wise and this was thanks a cleverly engineered waterproof yet breathable mesh upper. It looks like it would just attract dust and dirt especially in damp conditions. Yet giving a rainy bunker lesson wet sand whilst wearing these, I glanced down at my feet expecting to see dirty toes and they were as new. They're waterproof, yet don't look it. They also go through the washing machine perfectly well without affecting this quality. 

The sole in these shoes really put a bounce in your step as you play but also off the course. These are such a wearable shoe with immense versatility.

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It is the comfort levels that really made me fall for these - the sole is so cushioned and springy. The EVA midsole helps to stabilise the foot and provides brilliant support as you swing the club, even in wet conditions. 

As always the winner for me is the versatility of a golf shoe. Can I wear it on and off the golf course? Can I chase my kids around an adventure playground in it because it looks better than any of the pairs of trainers I own? Can I actually do a HIIT workout  and feel I get the same performance as my usual trainers? The answer to all these questions with the 2022 Flex XP is an emphatic yes. I'd also place them among the best waterproof women's golf shoes because of how comfortable and versatile they are. 

Even in wet conditions these shoes remained almost as new

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I'd highly recommend the beautiful Beige/Peach/White colorway that I tested. They boast a gentle flash of aubergine on the sole and ooze athletic style. The Teal and Lime option is equally attractive, though. At £109.99 they'd be pricey as a Summer only shoe but I believe I'll wear these all year round thanks to their one year waterproof warranty. If a specific Winter shoe is what you are after maybe consider a golf boot, but for all of the worst weather the Flex XP will serve you well.

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Katie Dawkins
Advanced PGA Professional and freelance contributor

Katie is an Advanced PGA professional with over 20 years of coaching experience. She helps golfers of every age and ability to be the best versions of themselves. In January 2022 she was named as one of Golf Monthly's Top 50 Coaches.

Katie coaches the individual and uses her vast experience in technique, psychology and golf fitness to fix problems in a logical manner that is effective - she makes golf simple. Katie is now based at the stunning Hamptworth Golf Club on the edge of the New Forest. An experienced club coach, she developed GardenGOLF during lockdown and as well as coaching at Hamptworth she freelances, operating via pop-up clinics and travelling to clients homes to help them use their space to improve. 

She has coached tour pros on both LET tour and the Challenge Tour as well as introduced many a beginner to the game. 

Katie has been writing instructional content for magazines for 20 years. Her creative approach to writing is fuelled by her sideline as an artist.